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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 <>

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Sometimes laughter is a matter of life and death. See more »


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22 November 1989 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Magnolias de acero  »

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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 »


When Ouiser arrives at the hair salon before the wedding, she ties the dog leash to the tree. When the dog runs off after the birds, the leash is looped through itself, not tied. See more »


Ouiser Boudreaux: Annelle, take your Bible and shove it where the sun doesn't shine.
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Written and Performed by Ry Cooder
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Laugh Till you Cry...
30 November 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Another movie that is part of my permanent video collection and never get tired of watching, STEEL MAGNOLIAS is the beautifully expanded version of Robert Harling's play about the relationship between six women who frequent the same beauty parlor. I am pretty sure the first phrase that comes to mind for most people when this film is mentioned is "Chick Flick", but, as a male, I happily admit to loving to watch this movie over and over again, not just because of the six charismatic performances by the actresses, but because this film also has one of the funniest screenplays ever written. Claree: "The only thing that separates us from the animals is our ability to accessorize." Truvy: "Ruth there's a story...her whole life has been an experiment in terror...first her husband was killed in WWII and then her son was killed in Vietnam... I tell you, when it comes to suffering, she's right up there with Elizbeth Taylor." Claree: "well, you always know what I say...if you can't think anything nice to say about anybody, come sit by me." Ouiser: "I'm not crazy...I've just been in a bad mood for the last thirty years." And just when you think your sides about to split open from laughing so hard, the film takes a tragic turn and you're reaching for the Kleenex. The scene in the cemetery is riveting, thanks primarily to a flawless and raw performance by Sally Field, who climaxes what is already a beautiful and commanding performance in the film, with her rage against God as her only outlet of grief at the moment. This scene makes me cry every time I watch the movie. An appeal to the gentlemen out there who have never seen this movie: Give it a chance. I did and I have never regretted it.

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