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Director:
Writers (WGA):
Robert Harling (screenplay)
Robert Harling (play)
Contact:
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Release Date:
22 November 1989 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
The funniest movie ever to make you cry. See more »
Plot:
Revolving around Truvy's Beauty Parlor in a small parish in modern-day Louisiana, STEEL MAGNOLIAS is... See more » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. Another 2 wins & 6 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Based On A Real Life Incident See more (132 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Sally Field ... M'Lynn Eatenton

Dolly Parton ... Truvy Jones

Shirley MacLaine ... Ouiser Boudreaux

Daryl Hannah ... Annelle Dupuy Desoto

Olympia Dukakis ... Clairee Belcher

Julia Roberts ... Shelby Eatenton Latcherie

Tom Skerritt ... Drum Eatenton

Sam Shepard ... Spud Jones

Dylan McDermott ... Jackson Latcherie

Kevin J. O'Connor ... Sammy Desoto

Bill McCutcheon ... Owen Jenkins

Ann Wedgeworth ... Aunt Fern
Knowl Johnson ... Tommy Eatenton

Jonathan Ward ... Jonathan Eatenton

Bibi Besch ... Belle Marmillion

Janine Turner ... Nancy Beth Marmillion
James Wlcek ... Marshall Marmillion
Ronald Young ... Drew Marmillion
Nancy Parsons ... Janice Van Meter
Robert Ginnaven ... Mayor Van Meter
Tom Hodges ... Louie Jones

Rick Hurst ... Bark Boone

Robert Harling ... Minister
C. Houser ... Jack Jr. - 1 Year Old
Daniel Camp ... Jack Jr. - 3 Years Old
Norman Fletcher ... Mr. Latcherie Sr.
Lori Tate ... Mrs. Latcherie Sr.
Robert Adams ... Dr. Judd
Carol Sutton ... Nurse Pam
Aja Sansone ... Monique
Rodney Alan Fulton ... Bobby Ray Ross
Spencer Henderson ... Dancing Couple
Sandra Asbury-Johnson ... Dancing Couple
Gale J. Odom ... Church Singer
Betsy Widhalm ... Church Organist
Oscar J. Bienvenu Jr. ... Doctor
Teresa Beaudion ... Receptionist
Gladys Mallard ... Nurse
Betty J. Dove ... Nurse
Travis Harrison ... Delivery Boy
James Shapkoff III ... Delivery Man
Walker May ... Newspaper Boy
Robert R. Morgan ... Cook
Roger D. McCann ... Cook's Helper
Debbie McCann ... Cook's Helper
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Trent Dawson ... Choir Member (uncredited)

Directed by
Herbert Ross 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Robert Harling (screenplay)

Robert Harling (play)

Produced by
Ray Stark .... producer
Andrew Stone .... associate producer
Victoria White .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Georges Delerue 
 
Cinematography by
John A. Alonzo (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Paul Hirsch 
 
Casting by
Hank McCann (casting by)
 
Production Design by
Gene Callahan 
Edward Pisoni (production designed by)
 
Art Direction by
Hub Braden 
Okowita  (as Michael Okowita)
 
Set Decoration by
Garrett Lewis 
Lee Poll 
 
Costume Design by
Julie Weiss (costumes by)
 
Makeup Department
Annette Bianco .... hairstylist
David Blair .... hairstylist
Colleen Callaghan .... hairstylist: Julia Roberts
Hallie D'Amore .... makeup artist
Frances A. Kolar .... makeup artist (as Frances Kolar)
Leigh Mitchell .... makeup artist
Carol A. O'Connell .... key hair stylist
Christina Smith .... key makeup artist
Kim Pease .... makeup trainee (uncredited)
James Ryder .... additional makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Dean O'Brien .... unit production manager
Ted Zachary .... executive in charge of production (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Martha M. Elcan .... second assistant director
Robert Engelman .... first assistant director (as Bob Engelman)
Brenda Kalosh .... second second assistant director
Terri Martin .... second second assistant director
 
Art Department
Barry Bedig .... property master
Ralph Chabaud .... illustrator
Stan Cockerell .... assistant property master
Bobby Joe Garren .... greensman (as Bobby J. Garren)
Roger Irvin .... construction coordinator
Kyle Renick .... artistic producer: New York stage original production
Catherine Tambini .... assistant: to Mr. Pisoni
Steven Wolff .... set designer
Robert Alcala .... set dresser (uncredited)
Scott M. Anderson .... assistant prop master (uncredited)
Bill Iiams .... general foreman (uncredited)
Shannon K. Irvin-Sansaricq .... construction assistant (uncredited)
Ricky Riggs .... scenic foreman (uncredited)
Mark Woods .... lead man (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Tom Bellfort .... supervising sound editor
Stacy Brownrigg .... boom operator
Neal Burger .... sound editor (as Neal R. Burger)
Scott Martin Gershin .... sound editor
Joe Gilbert .... adr editor
Stan Gilbert .... supervising adr editor (as Stanley Gilbert)
Ellen Heuer .... foley artist (as Ellen Hauer)
Larry Kemp .... sound editor (as Lawrence J. Kemp)
Robert J. Litt .... re-recording mixer (as Robert Litt)
Greg Orloff .... foley recordist
Al Overton Jr. .... sound mixer (as Al Overton)
Mark Overton .... boom operator
Kelly Oxford .... assistant sound editor
Dan M. Rich .... sound editor (as Dan Rich)
John Roesch .... foley artist
Greg P. Russell .... re-recording mixer
Wylie Stateman .... supervising sound editor
Carolyn Tapp .... foley recordist
Elliot Tyson .... re-recording mixer
Hugo Weng .... sound editor
Michael D. Wilhoit .... sound editor
William Dotson .... sound editor (uncredited)
Larry Hopkins .... layback sound mixer (uncredited)
Scott Jacobs .... boom operator (uncredited)
Donald C. Rogers .... technical director of sound (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Kevin Harris .... special effects coordinator
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Lou Barlia .... camera operator
Jerry Bertolami .... dolly grip
James Etheridge .... second camera operator
William McConnell .... first assistant camera
Mike Moyer .... gaffer
Dick Oakes .... electrical best boy
Don Reddy .... camera operator
Zade Rosenthal .... still photographer
John Sheeren .... second assistant camera
Stan Vaughan .... best boy grip
Rick A. West .... key grip
David Sinrich .... grip (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Bill Dance .... extras casting
Andrea Curtis .... casting (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Patsy Chaney .... costumer
Joie Hutchinson .... costumer (as Joann Hutchinson)
Carol Kunz .... costumer
Donna Roberts .... costumer
Shirlee Strahm .... costume supervisor
Gay Thomas .... key wardrobe assistant (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
David Dresher .... first assistant editor
Marcelo Sansevieri .... assistant editor
Emmy Scharlatt .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Daniel Allan Carlin .... supervising music editor
Craig Pettigrew .... music editor
John Richards .... scoring mixer: Evergreen Studios
Tom Boyd .... musician: oboe soloist (uncredited)
George Doering .... musician (uncredited)
James Thatcher .... musician: french horn (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Jerry Jackson .... transportation coordinator
Jon Bergholz .... transportation dispatcher (uncredited)
Brian Kay .... driver (uncredited)
Caroline Korney .... transportation dispatcher (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Deedee Bail .... assistant: to Mr. Ross (as Dee Dee Bail)
Frawley Becker .... location manager
Marlene Canfield .... production assistant
Dannie Collins .... local contact
Karen Estelle Collins .... production assistant (as Karen Collins)
Douglas S. Cramer III .... production assistant
Robert DeBlieux .... assistant location manager
Kenneth Fowler .... location projectionist
Leigh French .... adr group coordinator
Laura Gibson .... production coordinator
Karen Gordon .... production accountant
Lawrence Greenberg .... production assistant (as Larry Greenberg)
Cheryl Harris .... animal coordinator: Birds & Animals Unlimited (as Cheryl Ann Harris)
Travis Harrison .... production assistant
Spencer Henderson .... choreographer
Sidney J. Lambert .... production assistant (as Sid Lambert)
Marietta Lee .... secretary: to Mr. Stark
David Linck .... unit publicist
Steven McCormick .... production assistant
Marjoree D. Mike .... production secretary
Pattee Roedig .... assistant production accountant
Tony Schwartz .... production assistant (as Tony Siena-Schwartz)
Renata Stoia .... script supervisor
Chris Stone .... production assistant
Claudia Triche .... teacher
Claudia Triche .... welfare worker
Lisa Weisinger .... secretary: to Mr. Ross
Tom Whitehead .... production location consultant
Sandra Grubb .... assistant to producer (uncredited)
Gary Huckabay .... location assistant (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Robert Alost .... special thanks: president of Northwestern State University of Louisiana (as Dr. Robert Alost)
Jerry Pierce .... special thanks assistant to the president of Northwestern State University of Louisiana
 
Crew verified as complete


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Runtime:
117 min | Spain:119 min
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Language:
Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Dolby (as Dolby Stereo)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
The title has been said to suggest that the main characters are delicate as magnolias but tough as steel, but this is not explained in the movie. The only references to the two words are Ouiser's near accusation of Drum of stealing Magnolias from her tree, and then a later comment by M'Lynn that men are supposed to be made out of steel.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: In the salon, Ouiser takes her hat, but can be seen wearing it later in a mirror reflection.See more »
Quotes:
Truvy:I'm just screamin' at my husband; I can do that any time!See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in In Full Bloom (2002) (V)See more »
Soundtrack:
LOOKIN' FOR YOUSee more »

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42 out of 48 people found the following review useful.
Based On A Real Life Incident, 23 April 2005
Author: Lechuguilla from Dallas, Texas

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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