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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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22 November 1989 (USA)  »

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$83,759,091 (USA)
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In both author Robert Harling's dramatic play and film script, reference is made of the flocks of black birds that settle in the Natchitoches township neighborhood tree tops, noisily squawking incessantly, disturbing the neighborhood peace. Home owners and their kids, in fact, would go outside, into their yards, assembling a joint neighborhood army, to drive the birds out of their neighborhood. Grabbing garbage can lids, using them as cymbals, metal pots, iron frying pans, clashing lids, pots, pans together creating a symphony of noisy sounds, disturbing the flock to fly out of their neighborhood, across town, to another tree nesting location. A few of the homeowners would use their rifles to shoot in the air to move the flocks. Two months prior to filming, the production company hired a Los Angeles "studio bird/animal wrangler and his showbiz black bird flock". Driving from Los Angeles with his assistant, the duo transported their "Hollywood showbiz wire caged black bird circus" to Natchitoches, settling at the Holiday Inn. Daily, for six weeks, including Saturdays and Sundays, the wranglers trained the flock of black birds, with blank loaded gun shots as signals, to fly from one location of trees to another group of trees, at the designated film location sight. After the sequence was filmed, the "Hollywood bird circus" returned home to "Los Angeles". See more »

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When Clairee, Truvy and Annelle are in church, they are sitting in back of a family whose pew looks full. Ouiser walks in and winks at Owen. We see the family again, and the pew is still looking full with the mother, son and daughter sitting very close together. In the next shot Ouiser is standing next to the pew and suddenly there's a big space between the sister and the brother, where Ouiser sits. See more »

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M'Lynn: I find it amusing. Men are supposed to be made out of steel or something. I just sat there. I just held Shelby's hand. There was no noise, no tremble, just peace. Oh god. I realize as a woman how lucky I am. I was there when that wonderful creature drifted into my life and I was there when she drifted out. It was the most precious moment of my life.
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Schmaltzy saccharine Dragnolias
12 May 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This movie is a strange piece of work; when you're watching it you can't help thinking what a natural the roles of the women would be for dragqueens! These characters do not seem like real women at all...they exist in some bizarre netherworld between seventies TV sitcom and pure camp. Easily the worst offender has to be Shirley Maclaine, absolutely embarrassing and unwatchable. It's as if she's doing an imitation of the old Ruth Buzzi spinster with a purse routine on Laugh-In. It's an excruciating performance. The movie is poorly written, with Southern clichés in abundance, and that sort of fake life-affirming friendship-conquers-all ending straight out of a TV Disease Movie of the Week. The one bright spot in this muck is the acting of Julia Roberts in an early role; before she was effectively branded as America's Smiling Sweetheart, there was a sweet, natural charm to her. Awful.


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