Fried Green Tomatoes | 1991

Directed by: Jon Avnet

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Main Plot

A housewife who is unhappy with her life befriends an old lady at a nursing home and is enthralled by the tales she tells of people she used to know.


  • Kathy Bates plays a woman who befriends an elderly woman in a nursing home and listens to her life stories.
  • Jessica Tandy's character, Ninny Threadgoode, serves as the storyteller and shares the tale of the friendship between Idgie and Ruth.
  • Mary Stuart Masterson's character plays the role of Idgie Threadgoode, a central character and one of the main protagonists in the film.

Ending Explained

In the ending of Fried Green Tomatoes, it is revealed that the story of Idgie and Ruth is being recounted by an elderly Ninny Threadgoode to a woman named Evelyn. Evelyn gains inspiration from their story and finds the strength to confront her unhappy marriage. She begins a new life, embracing her independence and opening a cafe called "Whistle Stop Cafe." The film ends on a hopeful note, suggesting that Evelyn has found her own version of happiness and empowerment.

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Jon Avnet Kathy Bates Jessica Tandy Mary Stuart Masterson