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Steel Magnolias (1989)

 -  Drama | Romance  -  15 November 1989 (USA)
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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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Robert Harling, living and working in New York City, not only distraught over his sister's death, he was also upset with his brother in-law, who remarried within six months of his sister's demise. Stressed and distraught, Harling was advised by his fellow acting class workshop members to put his thoughts on paper. Harling began writing his story in a script form, which the acting class members would read and act out his stage directions. These segments developed, combined, and became the script for the off-Broadway workshop presentation, eventually becoming a full fledged drama presented professionally on stage. Ray Stark, prompted by Herbert Ross, negotiated the film rights for the property. Production Designer Gene Callahan (LSU) became involved because of his past association with Ray Stark, and his Louisianna heritage and knowledge of everything Southern. The film's schedule occurred during a Hollywood writer's strike, which required Robert Harling not be involved (rewrites) due to the writer's union contract. Ray Stark, Herbert Ross, and Gene Callahan flew to Natchitoches, Louisianna, South of Shreveport, scouting Robert Harling's town, (where the actual story occurred), for the film's location sight which would remove the production from the Hollywood union jurisdiction problem. Incognito, Robert Harling would be present during the filming and available for any rewrites. Negotiating with the President of Northwestern University, the University's satellite teachers training school facility provided a complex for production offices (principle/administrative and attendance offices); one large indoor gym for a stage, located in the central core of the building's offices, class rooms, and labs (art department, set decorating and property room, wardrobe, screening room, lunch-break room acting as a "green room"); another smaller gym which functioned both as a construction mill and stage; playground exteriors providing parking for the companies circus of support vehicles. The female cast were given each a motor home for a dressing room. A Georgia motor home and car/truck dealer provided the motor home vehicles and the film companies transportation requirements. The motor homes were delivered and parked on the school's front main entrance, on the grass lawn, fanned-lined parallel with the vehicles' nose pointed toward the school's main door entrance. Instead of yellow school buses, the front of the school facility looked like a gypsy camp with boardwalks, on top of the grass, set between the vehicles. Each morning's exodus, a driver steered a motor home to the filming location, creating another parking night-mare for the transportation captain. The male cast members were not provided a dressing room vehicle nor trailer. See more »

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At the end, when Annelle is 9 months pregnant, she has a perm. Women should not get perms while pregnant, and a "hair technician" such as herself should know this. See more »

Quotes

Tommy Eatenton: [at same time as his brother] Hello Miz Ouiser
Jonathan Eatenton: Hello Miz Ouiser.
Ouiser Boudreaux: [Makes a face] Ugh! Leave me alone!
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Because God Made Thee Mine
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Music by Guy d'Hardelot
Lyrics by Edward Teschemacher
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The flavor of the South
25 October 1999 | by (Morro Bay, Hammett Valley, Twin Rocks) – See all my reviews

Every time I see this movie, I want to eat a plateful of jambalaya and smell the sweet aroma of a magnolia. No other movie I've seen quite captures the essense of southern living like Steel Magnolias. This movie has everything, hysterical comedy and satisfying drama. Everyone was great: Sally Field as M'Lynn, a mother who still worries about her very grown up daughter; Julia Roberts as Shelby, a special young woman who feels that having a baby is worth risking everything; Dolly Parton as Truvy, a lonely beautician who brightens like a light bulb when her little shop is full of "hens" : ) ; Olympia Dukkakis as Clairee, the town bigwig who loves to gossip; Daryl Hannah as Annelle, a very religious young woman who drives her friends crazy with her sudden fits of prayer; and of course who can forget Shirley McLaine as Ouiser, the grouchy old wretch who tows her pathetic dog around and mercilessly cusses out the equally obnoxious Drum (Tom Skerrit)??? A very satisfying movie for comedy and drama lovers alike. A totally feel good, yet very real movie.


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