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Steel Magnolias (1989)

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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22 November 1989 (USA)  »

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$83,759,091 (USA)
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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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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 »

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Nancy Beth Marmillion: That Jackson is one big hangin' man!
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Southern Charm served on a Movie Reel
11 March 2000 | by (South Carolina) – See all my reviews

O.K. The film is labeled a "Chick Flick" and it is, but there is no reason a guy couldn't enjoy it. I'm a guy and I found it quite enjoyable. With strong performances by everyone and a wonderfully written script, both hilarious and heart wrenching. The cast is completely star studded. First Sally Field plays M'Lynn Eatenton a southern mom with a golden heart. Dolly Parton plays Truvy Jones owner of the local beauty salon and favorite gossip hang out for the women of the film. Shirley MacLaine plays Ouiser Boudreaux the woman you love to hate whom proclaims herself richer than God. Daryl Hannah plays Annelle Dupuy Desoto the shy girl hired by Truvy because of her wonderful work on hair. Olympia Dukakis plays Clairee Belcher a wonderful southern charmer and one of the thorns in Ouiser's side. Julia Roberts plays Shelby Eatenton Latcherie the central character of the film that is plagued with medical problems. Tom Skerritt plays Drum Eatenton, husband of M'Lynn Eatenton. Also there are a couple of smaller parts played by Sam Shepard and Dylan McDermott.

One of the many funny moments in the film occurs when Drum (Skerritt) ask Ouiser for a slice of wedding cake that is shaped like an Armadillo. Drum asks: Ouiser, can we call a truce long enough for me to get a piece of cake? (Ouiser slices him off the tail section) to which Drum replies: Thanks Ouiser, nothing like a good piece of ass!

Sally Feilds performance as the woman letting loose during the cemetery scene seems like Oscar material, but she does not even receive a nomination. Julia Roberts however does receive a nomination but does not win. She does manage to take home a Golden Globe for best actress in a supporting role. As I said before there were some great performances by all the ladies. So "Chick Flick" or not I think many guy's will also enjoy this film.


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