A young beautician, newly arrived in a small Louisiana town, finds work at the local salon, where a small group of women share a close bond of friendship and welcome her into the fold.

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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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Upon arriving in Natchitoches, the production designer, the art director, the director, cinema photographer, location manager, and producer were based in the "Holiday Inn" for their initial meetings and production decisions. The Holiday Inn became the central home base for all arriving personnel involved with the filming company. Lori Tate, the hotel's manager, complied with requests and provided complete services for out of the ordinary requests. As the company members arrived, the hotel turned into the Magnolia Hotel! When the female cast arrived, they stayed in the hotel until their arranged rental residences were available for their lengthy film shoot. Dolly Parton moved into a river edge plantation home with picture windows facing the town's river. None of the adjacent properties had fences; open rolling green lawns separated the large houses. Spending the afternoon and evening in the residence, Dolly realized photographers with telescopic high powered lenses would invade her privacy in the property. At 3 a.m., Dolly called Mrs. Tate and annouced that she was moving back to the Holiday Inn, immediately. Dolly remained in the hotel until the local Realtor found another rental, located on a local lake. Dolly's lakeside neighbor was Shirley MacLaine, whose property had a dock-wharf. Shirley asked the realtor, "Would my nude sunbathing cause any problems?" "Only a traffic jam on the lake," was his reply. See more »

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The wedding scene opens with a closeup of Ouiser sitting in the pew looking bored. She is clearly toward the center of the pew, with a woman on her left and a black gentleman in the row directly behind her. In the very next shot, she is sitting at the end of the pew (aisle seat) and the same black gentleman is two rows behind her. See more »

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Truvy: Louie brought his new girlfriend over, and the nicest thing I can say about her is all her tattoos are spelled correctly.
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LES GRANDS BOIS
Arranged and Performed by Jo-El Sonnier
Courtesy of Rounder Records Corp.
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Based On A Real Life Incident
23 April 2005 | by (Dallas, Texas) – See all my reviews

This film is worth watching for two reasons. First, it is based on a tragic, real life event. As such, an enhanced credibility sustains the film's underlying premise, and thus renders a much greater potential for viewer impact and depth of meaning, as opposed to a work of fiction. Second, quite aside from its autobiographical roots, the film has entertainment value, expressed mostly as snappy, funny dialogue, delivered competently by an ensemble cast of likable actresses. Attention to detail in costumes and production design, and adroit film editing, further amplify the film's overall technical quality.

"Steel Magnolias" is a story about the close knit relationships between six ordinary Southern women, living in a small town in Louisiana. The film has a homespun, unpretentious feel to it, rather like "Fried Green Tomatoes".

The plot alternates between humorous, small, everyday events and good-natured quips, on the one hand ... and on the other hand, the seriousness and heartache attendant to life's unexpected crises. Through the laughs and tears, the six women learn to endure hard times, and thus emerge from their struggles with grace and dignity.

Finding something to criticize here is not easy. I can think of several changes that I would have made, to satisfy my own personal preferences. But the film is solid and substantial, as is. I suppose one could zero in on the acting. A couple of the cast members overact their parts, at some point or another in the film.

Overall, "Steel Magnolias" is technically well made. And the content engages our interest, as a result of its true-to-life theme, its all star cast, and some very clever dialogue.


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