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Fried Green Tomatoes: A Splash of Hollywood in Juliette

  • Whistle Stop Cafe

    Photo Credit: Parker Whidby

It’s not often you get to walk the street of a Hollywood set in Georgia. Sure, the state has seen a growing number of productions filmed here, but those are closed sets, not something you can actually see and touch.

However, in Juliette, Ga., just 10 miles off Interstate 75 from Forsyth about one hour south of Atlanta, guests are welcome to ramble the set where Fried Green Tomatoes was filmed. The movie starred Jessica Tandy, Kathy Bates, Mary-Louise Parker and Mary Stuart Masterson, and was based on a book by Fannie Flagg about a friendship between two women in a small Alabama town at the turn of the century.

The movie was filmed more than 25 years ago, but Juliette remains much as the producers left it. Here are three places you’ll recognize from the movie.

The Whistle Stop Cafe

Inside the World-Famous Whistle Stop Cafe
Inside the World-Famous Whistle Stop Cafe

In the movie, Idgie and Ruth run the Whistle Stop Cafe. Today, another strong Southern woman, Liz Bryant, owns the restaurant. An electrical engineer by trade, she’s also quite a cook. Her fried green tomatoes are legendary, but don’t limit yourself to the popular appetizer. We sampled fresh ground burgers, chicken fingers and amazing pecan pie a la mode. The Whistle Stop is worth the 10-mile drive from the highway even if you don’t have an affinity for the movie.

The Bank Building

Photo Credit: Parker Whidby
Photo Credit: Parker Whidby

The brick bank building at the center of McCracken Street was constructed on a vacant lot as a false front for the movie. Later, an actual building was constructed behind it, and now houses a gift shop. Look closely at the bricks. They are actually nailed on to the wooden building. On the side, you can see a few that are peeling off.

Grave for Buddy's Arm

In the movie Fried Green Tomatoes, one of the characters loses an arm in a train accident. As a way to ease the town chatter, they hold a funeral for the boys arm. As you walk along McCracken Street, try to find the gravesite for "Buddy’s Arm."

For more about the Whistle Stop Cafe and Juliette, Ga., visit 365 Atlanta Family

 

Sue Rodman

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