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Fried Green Tomatoes [VHS]
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Kathy Bates stars as an unhappy wife trying to get her husband's attention in this amusing and moving 1991 screen adaptation of Fannie Flagg's novel Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe. After befriending a lonely old woman (Jessica Tandy), Bates hears the story of a lifelong friendship between two other women (Mary Stuary Masterson and Mary-Louise Parker, seen in flashback) who once ran a cafe in town against many personal odds. The tale inspires Bates to take further command over her life, and there director Jon Avnet (Up Close and Personal), in his first feature, has fun with the film. Bates develops a real attitude toward her thickheaded spouse at home and some uppity girls in a parking lot, but dignity is generally the key to Avnet's approach with the story's crucial relationships. Tandy is a joy and clearly loves the element of mystery attached to her character, and Masterson and Parker are excellent in the historical sequences. --Tom Keogh

Customer Reviews:

  • Excellent Film!
    I won't go into a synopsis on the film as that is done in other reviews. But I just have to say that is one of my favorite films. It is about true friendships, loyalty, and empowerment. There are some sad moments in the film, but overall it is very uplifting. I have seen it numerous times and never get tired of it.

    I recently visited Juliette, GA where the film was actually shot, which prompted me to watch the movie again when I got home. The town still looks pretty much like it did in the movie, including the Whistle Stop Cafe! You can eat at the cafe, and some of the other buildings in the town have been turned into gift shops now. If you are a fan of this film and ever in Georgia, stopping there is a must. ...more info
  • Fried Green Tomatoes
    Love this movie. Evelyn Couch (Bates) meets Ninny Theradgoode (Tandy) in a nursing home that leads to an unexcepted friendship. Ninny tells her a story of 2 women who lived half a century ago in the town of Whistle Stop. Idgie (Masterson) and Ruth (Parker) became close friends that lasted a lifetime. Idgie is an independent women standing up for herself and her friend to "men" during a time when a women's place was in the home. Evelyn is inspired to take a look at her life and make drastic changes, often with hilarious results. It makes you take a look at your own life and search yourself to see if you are such a friend. This story speaks of a simpler time and the strength of the human spirit that our forebearers had and how it still exists today!...more info
  • The BEST chick-flick I have ever seen.
    This movie depicts the stamina and the power to love which women of all ages possess. I identify with the young women who find true joy in a shared friendship with another woman. I connect heart to heart with the middle-aged woman, played by Kathy Bates, as she tries to resurrect her true identity which has been stifled by never ending service to a self centered husband. My heart melts as the wiser kinder older woman, played by Jessica Tandy, worms her way into the view's heart as one who understands life and is willing to share herself and her memories of a time gone by. My all-time favorite movie!...more info
  • Tearjerker - chick flick
    If you want a good cry this one will do it for you. Get the blankets, the tissues and popcorn and settle in for a good time the movie is well worth it. Good storyline. You'll laugh and cry, sometimes right after one another....more info
  • A Classic film for any era
    I first saw this film in the theater and was completely taken with it. It is one of the most perfect works of the American cinema. Let me explain why, first the 4 main actresses in this film are each spectacular in their own way. Kathy Bates makes her character's transformation completely believable and lovable. Jessica Tandy is perfect with her wispy smiles and her dancing eyes. She is a real charmer in this film. Mary Louise Parker performs with grace and integrity and creates a real life character out of one that could have been overly sweet. The real star though is Mary Stuart Masterson who completely becomes Idgie. It was the role of her career and she is amazing. The movie is visually stunning and captures the atmosphere of the old south brilliantly. The viewer is completely immersed in the world of Whistle Stop. The script is poignant, funny, sad and most of all genuine. When you view this movie you believe in the realness of the characters and the setting. There is not a single wrong note in this movie. This isn't just a great story of friendship but also a fantastic mystery that has many twists and turns. It is a movie that is full of heart and one that you will find yourself watching again and again....more info
  • Fried Green Tomatoes
    Glad I'd read the book before I saw the movie - it helped me get oriented. I'm also glad the author wrote the screenplay - it was mostly true to the book, which was great. The movie was well crafted, well acted, and true to the South. It's a "keeper". ...more info
  • Really good movie
    This is a very touching movie. It is one of my favorite movies to date....more info
  • Fried Green Tomatoes
    This is a great story by Fannie Flagg. Its one I would like to believe is real, creates great emotions. I've read several of this authors books, this is one of her best stories. Kathy Bates and Jessica Tandy are at their best. ...more info
  • The secret's in the sauce!
    One of my all time favorite movies. Even though there are parts of it that are sad, there are many uplifting moments. I'm from Alabama and I think they did a pretty good job overall of giving a glimpse into life in the Depression era South. If you don't understand the meaning of loyalty, then you need to watch this movie. There's something for everyone here! Oh yeah, the book is great to, although a little short. It even includes some recipes for those famous fried green tomatoes! YUM!! ...more info
  • Fried Green Tomatoes
    Fried Green Tomatoes had a little bit of everything: drama, comedy, mystery and not to mention three great actressess, Jessica Tandy, Kathy Bates and Mary-Louise Parker....more info
  • Great
    I received this product at a great rate and a perfect christmas gift for my wife. She really enjoyed it....more info
  • Great movie - stupid title!
    Although the film's title makes perfect sense, when the film is viewed, it is nevertheless a most 'off-putting' title prior to viewing the film.

    The film, however, is excellent! A very well formulated story line is accentuated by superb acting - particularly by the main characters.

    Placing anything in order of merit is a mugs game - so much is variable. However, in my estimation 'Fried Green Tomatoes' comes in the top 10% of movies ever made in the English speaking world - to date.

    It is most enjoyable, if one likes fine acting and a rollicking good story....more info
  • Disappointed!
    I had never seen this movie and always had heard good things. I am sorry but I found it depressing and the underlying theme of two women attracted too each other was annoying. Either be truthful and up front or keep it out of the story. Totally sucked in my opinion. Sorry...more info
  • An Old Friend of a Movie
    There are films that linger in memory for the warmth they exude and the impression they leave. So it is with the now 15 year old film FRIED GREEN TOMATOES based on the novel 'Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe' by Fannie Flagg and arranged for the screen by that author. This is a film that explores racism, feminism, respect for the elderly, women's rights, and so very much more in a manner that is infectious to watch repeatedly and defies forgetting.

    Told on two levels, the film is narrated by the elderly Ninny Threadgoode (a luminous Jessica Tandy) who idles away her hours in her nursing home with stories about her childhood she shares with the sad, obese, emotionally fragile Evelyn (Kathy Bates) whose life of misery is slowly corrected by Ninny's tales of how two women in the past overcame impossible odds. The story she tells dates back to Alabama in the 1930s when a young upstart Idgie Threadgoode (Mary Stuart Masterson) is calmed by a frightened but solid Ruth Jamison (Mary-Louise Parker) and how their partnering results in a series of events that involve murder, racism, and some very strange events.

    The cast is superb, the script is delicious (!), and Jon Avnet directs with aplomb not only the fresh talent mentioned above, but also such fine actors as Cicely Tyson, Chris O'Donnell, Stan Shaw, Lois Smith and a large cast of supporting actors. The re-creation of the Old South is palpably well focused as is the hilarious and touching stance from the contemporary standpoint of the nursing home and house of the chameleon Evelyn. It is a choice bit of filmmaking and one that deserves a place in every film lover's library. Grady Harp, November 06 ...more info
  • wonderful movie
    Love this movie, have it on vhs, and decided to get the dvd, really glad i did really great movie....more info
  • love it
    this is absolutely my favourite movie, of all time !! it has made me laugh, cry, and share in the triumphs and losses of the many delightful characters moving through the story. outstanding perfommances all around, wonderful story, marvelous plot. a movie to be treasured, and watched many, many times. if you've ever had a true friend, a must watch....more info
    great movie! love it. talk about female empowerment! love the movie.

    kathy bates is lovely, as is jessica tandy, and everyone else.
    wonderful for a girls night in.

    'i'm older ladies and i have more insurance.'...more info
  • A Bittersweet, Sometimes Melancholy Story of Enduring Friendship and Love
    This is a "girl power" movie on the surface, but on the larger scale it's about how loss and grief have far-reaching effects.

    When Idgie Threadgood's older brother Buddy is killed in a freak train accident (I still can't bear to watch that part, no matter how many times I've seen the movie), she loses the big brother she idolizes. Pure tom boy, none of the others in her home seem to understand her. Witnessing Buddy's terrible death firsthand only causes Idgie to become withdrawn and strangely eccentric as time goes on.

    Thinking that only one other person can draw her out of this cocoon of grief and reaction--Ruth, the girlfriend Buddy left behind who also witnessed the same train accident--Idgie's mother calls Ruth home for a summer. Now a young woman, Idgie seems one part tomboy, and two parts a strange kind of 1930's train-riding Beatnick (albeit a bit early for that.)

    The two women forge a powerful relationship, one that sees them through abusive marriage, murder, and a unique kind of love.

    Highly recommended for women of all ages, but don't be surprised if you need your hankies.

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  • Funny and entertaining
    There is some questionable material but...over all it was entertaining. My wife enjoyed it more then I did. It was ok....more info
  • Excellent
    This is a great version of the movie. If you're a fan of the movie then you should definitely get this one....more info
  • A classic!!!
    This is a must-add to your DVD library. A wonderfully heart-touching and charming movie that keeps your attention to the last frame....more info
  • Heartwarming.
    Fried Green Tomatoes starring Kathy Bates and Jessica Tandy is definitely a chick flick to say the least. I like this weepy drama but this film is a little too long and depressing. I do appreciate the great acting and friendship concept, watch this film with a best friend. Rent it sometime....more info
  • This DVD is NOT the Original Theatrical Release of the Film
    I loved "Fried Green Tomatoes" at the theater and the old VHS video version (which is the only version on which you can see the original theatrical release), but unfortunately, both DVD versions insert extra scenes which ruin some of the seemless transitions between flashbacks and present-time which were the hallmark of "Fried Green Tomatoes". The extra scenes aren't even particularly good, and this DVD provides no original version without them. This criticism is true for both the Widescreen Collector's Edition and the Anniversary Edition. I'm deeply disappointed, and hoping Universal will one day release the original theatrical version of the film on DVD. What a shame it would be for the theatrical version of "Fried Green Tomatoes" to one day disappear....more info
  • Wonderful Movie!
    This movie is moving our happiness to wonderful and it is a great gift to give to a loving wife. Fried Green Tomatoes is the best and it makes me happy to give it to my loving wife so guys buy it and give it to a woman who you think is special and she would feel how special she is if she recieves this movie as a gift....more info
    I have always loved this movie! It runs on two timelines: The present, and the late 30's/early 40's.
    It is about 4 wonderful women- Mrs. Threadgoode, who resides in a nursing home, and Evelyn Couch, a middle aged housewife who visits at this nursing home, actually, her husband, Ed visits, and Evelyn (who Ed's Mother don't like) spends her time in the dayroom, where she strikes up a friendship with Mrs. Threadgoode.

    Evelyn is going through a midlife crisis, but Mrs. Threadgoode helps her escape her depression by taking her back through time, with all her old-timey stories of 2 OTHER women: Idgie and Ruth, and the life and times in Whistlstop Alabama, and a little restaurant they owned called the Whistlestop Cafe.

    As THIER story unfolds to Evelyn in the here and now; A strange thing starts to happen in Evelyn's life. She starts to take BACK her life, which has pretty much been wasted on catering to an ungrateful and uncaring husband. She begins to feel ALIVE again!

    The book, and the movie ends two different ways, and I much prefer the ending of the movie. If you have never seen it, watch it. It is a movie that totally entertains, and makes you want to celebrate being a WOMAN !!!!...more info
  • I love this movie!!!
    I have watched this movie over and over and it is always a great staple in our home....more info
  • Fried Green Tomatoes DVD Movie
    I was pleased with the amount of time the movie was received in. The movie was in excellent condition....more info