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Steel Magnolias (1989)

PG  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Romance  |  22 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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$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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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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Annelle: [stands up after praying] Amen.
M'Lynn: [looking confused at Truvy] Was she just praying?
Truvy: [rolling eyes, frustrated] Yes.
M'Lynn: Why?
Truvy: Maybe she's praying for Marshall and Drew and Belle. Maybe she's praying for us because we're gossiping. Maybe she's praying because the elastic is shot in her pantyhose! Who knows! She prays a the drop of a hat these days.
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Because God Made Thee Mine
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Music by Guy d'Hardelot
Lyrics by Edward Teschemacher
Sung at the wedding
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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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