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In the movie Fried Green Tomatoes a story is told to an unhappy house wife about two women (Idgie and Ruth) and their adventures. The elderly woman telling the story is named Ninny Threadgoode. One of the principal characters is named Idgie Threadgoode. Are they the same person?

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This is a fairly common misconception with the movie. In the book, Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe, it is absolutely clear that the two are separate characters. In fact, if I remember correctly, they are even in some of the same scenes. In the movie however, it is not as apparent. According to the film synopsis on Wikipedia, Ninny describes Idgie as her sister in law. Which would fit with the book, however I don't recall it ever being that specific in the movie. Another large part of the book that was played down in the film is the romantic relationship between Idgie and Ruth.

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