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Fried Green Tomatoes At The Whistle Stop Cafe (Special Edition) [1991] [DVD]


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  • Actors: Mary-Louise Parker, Jessica Tandy, Stan Shaw, Cicely Tyson, Gaillard Sartain
  • Directors: Jon Avnet
  • Producers: Jon Avnet, Jordan Kerner
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: ITV Studios Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 17 Sep 2007
  • Run Time: 124 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (154 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000NDETPQ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,279 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Kathy Bates and Jessica Tandy star in this drama directed by Jon Avnet. The film follows the story of how Evelyn (Bates), a bored housewife, meets Ninny (Tandy), an old woman who tells stories about her home town of Whistle Stop. The stories centre around two women who ran a café, Idgie (Mary Stuart Masterson) and her friend Ruth (Mary-Louise Parker), whose violent husband Frank disappeared. Evelyn finds inspiration in the stories and her outlook and life improve.

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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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5 stars

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54 of 54 people found the following review helpful By RD VINE VOICE on 8 Sep 2006
Format: DVD
A tale of two friendships, one which existed several decades ago and another in the present day. Evelyn Couch (Kathy Bates) is a middle aged woman who has seen a son off to college and now finds herself trying to get her husbands attention again. One day while visiting a relative in a home she meets Mrs Threadgoode (Jessica Tandy) who begins to tell her the story of two old friends, Ruth and Idgie. Evelyn's visits become a regular occurrence as Mrs Threadgoode continues her story and the two women become good friends which helps Evelyn come to terms with her life and mid-life crisis.

At the same time we are treated to the story of Ruth and Idgie. Ruth has been asked by Idgie's mother to help tame her wild daughter and the pair form a strong bond which gets tested several times over the years by racism, an abusive husband and illness.

This is a beautiful movie about the wonders friendship. I've watched it many times and still love it. Several `laugh out loud' moments but also those which will bring a tear to your eye no matter how many times you watch it.

A must see for everyone.
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43 of 44 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 13 Jan 2006
Format: DVD
Fried green tomatoes is one of those return again and again to films,the more you watch it the more you like it.It tells the story of an old friendship within the story of the start of a new friendship. The acting is superb,the storyline poignant . It will touch your heart and also make you smile.
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Amelrode VINE VOICE on 6 Feb 2008
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This film has it all what it takes to make a really great movie. It is well done, an impressive cast, deep emotions, drama, deep friendship, laughter and never in a tacky, unrealistic way. One can relate to these characters very easily. The switch between past and present works great. I was hooked from the very first moment. I share the previous reviewer's view that one can see it several times and not getting bored rather seeing different aspect of this excellent movie more clearly. This is "toowanda"... see the movie and you will understand what it means. For now 5 stars would actually not enough to give to this movie. Just see it!!! You really must!!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Adrian Camp on 31 Jan 2010
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You could, possibly, categorise this as a chick-flick.
But if you do, do not dismiss it as such.
One of my all-time favourite movies along with The Godfather 1&2; Pulp Fiction; and Betty Blue, to name but a few (for reference).

A middle-aged woman (Kathy Bates) finds herself becoming lost in a mid-life crisis.
Taking pity on an old lady (Jessica Tandy) in a nursing home, she is told the story of 'Idgie Threadgood' (Mary Stuart Masterson).
The two quickly become friends and news of Idgie's alter-ego T'Wanda becomes an inspiration for Bates' character and who begins to assume some of her strength and spirit when faced with 'modern-day' challenges.

Two touching and charming stories told simultaneously but set in two ages, generations apart.
Provides amusement, dismay, and excitement, all the way to the end.

Guy Warning:-
I'm a big bloke and I've watched this a dozen times or more.
Cry every time.
If watching with your lady have some Kleenex hidden a safe distance away to avoid embarrassment.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 8 Nov 2005
Format: DVD
Fried Green Tomatoes is a great film, most of us already know this, just as we know that the only thing it lacks is for the romantic relationship between Idgy and Ruth to be realised on screen. Do not expect this from the extended version, the only hint of mysterious deleted scenes is at the end of a special feature documentary; while the credits roll - Ruth and Idgy are lying on a blanket (during their honey excursion). I'm surprised it didn't make the cut of the extended version. However, the documentary is good and the extended scenes, in the film, add a little more depth to the emotional ties between the characters.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By M. Farmer on 18 Aug 2009
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One reviewer eludes to this film as a chick flick, but in common with another reviewer I am a man and this is without doubt my favouite film (and I have seen many). Bates is quite simply masterful and the way the story weaves between past and present is a thing of beauty. The acting is totally convincing as are the accents of the deep south, and the harshness of issues such as domestic violence and racial tension are highly dramatic yet portrayed with great thought.

If you never get to see this movie you have truly missed out on something wonderful.

So stop by the Whistle Stop Cafe and enjoy a helping of Fried Green Tomatoes, you will certainly visit again and again.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Clara on 25 July 2011
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Most of the reviews here are either 4 or 5 star and that's about right. The film has an almost impossible job in attempting to cover the scope of the original and delightful book. In the main it succeeds very well, the casting is wonderful and Jessica Tandy is superb. Only one gripe, at a key point it strays from the book in a way that dilutes the power of the story, understandable but done for a cinema audience.

The first version that I purchased (ITV Special Edition) had a very poor soundtrack requiring a near 100% increase in our normal listening volume. This gave rise to distortion and detracted enormously from what otherwise is a very pleasant film. This copy was returned and replaced with a version released by Spectrum Leisure - huge improvement
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