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Revolving around Truvy's Beauty Parlor in a small parish in modern-day Louisiana, STEEL MAGNOLIAS is the story of a close-knit circle of friends whose lives come together there. As the ... See full summary »

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Revolving around Truvy's Beauty Parlor in a small parish in modern-day Louisiana, STEEL MAGNOLIAS is the story of a close-knit circle of friends whose lives come together there. As the picture opens, we find Drum Eatenton shooting birds in the trees of his back yard in preparation for his daughter's wedding reception that afternoon. Shortly thereafter, M'Lynn and Shelby (Drum's wife and daughter) depart for Truvy's to get their hair done for the wedding. "Just the sweetest thing," Annelle Depuy Desoto (who may or may not be married because her marriage may not be legal) is introduced to Truvy's customers as her new "glamour technician." While in the chairs, the sour-tempered Ouiser Boudreaux shows up and entertains the assemblage with her barbs. It seems that the only one of the group who truly understands Ouiser is Clairee who is recently widowed and looking for a diversion. As she says, later in the picture, "If you can't find anything good to say about anybody, come sit by me." ... Written by Mark Fleetwood <mfleetwo@mail.coin.missouri.edu>

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$83,759,091 (USA)
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After jetting into Natchitoches from Beverly Hills, Herbert Ross, Ray Stark, and production members of the scout party, were examining location sights on the Main Street when an urgent cell phone call came for Herbert and Ray. Meg Ryan had agreed to be in the movie but had not signed a contract. The cell phone call announced "we lost Meg Ryan, she signed for another movie!" Angry executives were very unhappy, facing an immediate casting issue to resolve losing Meg Ryan. They had no other choice but find another actress. Flying, returning to Beverly Hills, cell phone lines were hot and heavy during the entire return flight. Julia Roberts was cast in the roll. After assembling the cast at the satellite stage (gym) mock-up beauty parlor set, Herbert Ross initiated script rehearsals. Herbert was especially tough with Julia Roberts during this week of scene rehearsals. Shirley MacLaine relieved tensions created by Herb's intense work-outs. Originally, Dolly Parton's scenes were to be filmed first, which would release Dolly for her return to Hollywood, continuing her ABC TV musical comedy second season series. The network announced her series was canceled. Scheduling was revised and Dolly remained, filming the daily planned script scene sequence. See more »

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At the Christmas Holiday Festival, Truvy and Annelle are working the concession stand. Truvy hands a box of food to a woman standing next to Shelby. The woman hands Truvy a bill and has her arm out-stretched for the change. Truvy hands the money to Annelle. The shot changes, Annelle appears to give the change to the woman. It then goes back to the original shot the arm is still outstretched for the change. See more »

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Clairee Belcher: [trying to do "color commentary" by discussing the color of the football uniforms] ... But I love the top - such a vibrant purple. Bob, would you call this color "grape" or "aubergine'?
Ouiser Boudreaux: SHUT UP!
Clairee Belcher: What?
Ouiser Boudreaux: You're makin' a fool outta yourself, Clairee.
Clairee Belcher: I am not.
Ouiser Boudreaux: This is football. All the people wanna hear about are touchdowns and injuries. They don't give a damn 'bout that grape shit.
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CAJUN CHRISTMAS/WOULD YOU FLY
Written by Marsha Brown
Performed by Monty Brown (as Monty) and Marsha Brown
Courtesy of Swallow Records
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A 'Chick Flick' Men Can Enjoy, Too!
21 August 2003 | by (Las Vegas, Nevada) – See all my reviews

With Julia Roberts the superstar she is today, it's an excellent time to enjoy the film that contains her best performance, Steel Magnolias.

As the doomed but optimistic daughter of Sally Field and Tom Skerrit, she holds her own in a cast of movie divas, including Shirley MacLaine, Olympia Dukakis, Dolly Parton, and (in her best film work, as well), Darryl Hannah.

The film is basically a warm, upbeat character study of a group of women friends, played out in a beautiful Louisiana bayou town. The story begins with Roberts' wedding, then carries on through the ups and downs of the friends' lives. The men in the story are secondary characters, and occasionally come across as a bit selfish (Roberts' husband), or buffoons (Hannah's boyfriend), yet one of the joys of this movie is that you come to love the women so much, you don't mind the men's shortcomings, and start liking them, too!

The standout performances of the film are from Roberts, and MacLaine, as a spinster with a sarcastic tongue, and, ultimately, a heart of gold. Her scenes with Dukakis are hilarious, yet full of the warmth that makes this film so special!

A couple of things usually overlooked, but worth mentioning; the enchanting film score (I wish the soundtrack would be re-released!), and a bit part by Janine Turner, before 'Northern Exposure' made her a star.

This is a very special film, for both Roberts' fans, and anyone who wants to believe in the healing powers of friendship. Yes, this film can be defined as a 'chick flick', but guys, you'll end up enjoying it, too!


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