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When frumpy, dissatisfied housewife Evelyn Couch (Kathy Bates) meets feisty octogenarian Ninny Threadgoode (Jessica Tandy) in a nursing home, Ninny regales Evelyn with stories. These stories center on the close friendship between two women of the Depression-era South: Idgie (Mary Stuart Masterson), a good-hearted tomboy, and Ruth (Mary-Louise Parker), her gentle and more timid counterpart.

Evelyn Couch (Kathy Bates) visits her husband's aunt in a nursing home and, while there, happens to start a conversation with one of the residents, Ninny Threadgoode (Jessica Tandy). Thus, FRIED GREEN TOMATOES uses the age-old storytelling device of a present-day raconteur telling a younger person what happened during her life. With nothing better to do, Evelyn--who never could get along with her husband's aunt--settles down and listens to Ninny's tale of life in Whistle Stop, Alabama.

Ninny begins her tale with the day that an old rusted truck was pulled out of the river. This truck belonged to the husband of Ruth Jamison (Mary-Louise Parker), Frank Bennett (Nick Searcy), who years earlier had disappeared without a trace. Ninny, a coy storyteller, uses this mystery to introduce Evelyn to the Threadgoode family and the relationship between Ruth and Idgie Threadgoode (Mary Stuart Masterson). The story really begins years earlier during the wedding dinner of one of the Threadgoodes. Buddy Threadgoode (Chris O'Donnell), Idgie's older brother, gets his foot caught in a railway track while trying to retrieve Ruth's bonnet and is killed by a passing train. This horrible death, witnessed by both Idgie and Ruth, causes Idgie, the youngest da...

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