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Question: Is Ninny Threadgood (Jessica Tandy) really Idgie? It seems so at the end, when Evelyn finds the honey at Ruth's grave. Both Ninny and Evelyn share a sly smile, but nothing is said for sure. Anyone know?

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Chosen answer: No, Ninny is exactly who she says she is. It's clearer in the book because Ninny dies and Evelyn finds the honey and the note for Ruth when Evelyn goes to see Ninny's grave.

wolfchild

It's common for screenplays to take liberties from their source material. In the book they are two separate people but in the screenplay, they've changed it to make them the same person.

Answer: As in the book, they are separate people. Nanny introduced herself to Evelyn as Idgie's sister-in-law, that she was married to one of Idgie's brothers: Cleveland or Theo.

Question: What's the title and the author of the painting that is covered with the mirror when Ruth dies?

Answer: The title is "Cherry Ripe" by the 19th century pre-raphaelite author John Everett Millais.

Question: Who was Ninny staying with in the nursing home?

Answer: A friend named Mrs. Otis who was not a major character in the movie.

Question: Why does Ed's Aunt Vesta throw candy at Evelyn? Why is she not shown?

Trainman

Answer: She's a grouchy, hateful, possibly senile woman who doesn't like Evelyn, despite the gifts she brings her. As for not showing her, it's funnier to try to imagine what she looks like.

Brian Katcher

Question: What happens to Ruth's son Buddy?

Answer: In Fannie Flagg's 2022 novel, "The Wonder Boy of Whistle Stop," Buddy was adopted by the Threadgoode family. Despite having lost an arm, he was a star quarterback for his high school football team, eventually married, and became a veterinarian. He lived into his 80s.

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Answer: It wasn't mentioned what happened to him in the movie.

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Continuity mistake: When Buddy follows his little sister up the tree at the beginning of the film, where they are getting ready for the wedding, they show the mother coming out on the porch and listening in on the conversation. She stands on the porch for a few moments, holding onto one of the pillars and watching her two children in the tree. In the next frame, you see the two up in the tree and under Buddy's arm, you see the mother walk out onto the porch again. (00:09:45)

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