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Director:
Writers (WGA):
Robert Harling (screenplay)
Robert Harling (play)
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Release Date:
15 November 1989 (USA) See more »
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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 3 wins & 6 nominations See more »
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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
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Trent Dawson ... Choir Member (uncredited)
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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
 
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Runtime:
117 min | Spain:119 min
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Dolby (as Dolby Stereo)

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Trivia:
Decorator Lee Poll purchased six gross orders of artificial magnolia blossoms which the greens department tied to all the location magnolia trees' umbrella heads. Producer Ray Stark and director Herbert Ross never spared expenses in their filming plans for the Natchitoches "Steel Magnolias" location filming. During a preliminary location scout with production designer Gene Callahan, Herbert Ross declared "we need more old oak shade trees planted to shade our lady actors!" The production designer returned to the art department, announcing "Herbert needs some oak trees planted in Truvy's yard. About six! Order them!" Gene's art director Hub Braden began the search for "old oak trees" with enough top shape to shade the entire location house for Truvy's exterior beauty shop side yard. After a week, Braden reported finding the trees was an easy job, a source in Atlanta, Georgia. Discovering another nursery-tree source located near Dallas, Texas, that had the six "old oak trees" costing $35,000.00 each, guaranteed by the nursery to survive the move and transplanting. Transporting the trees for transplanting was easy, which included highway permits from both Texas and Louisiana State highway divisions. Oak trees have a life cycle of 900 years; 300 years of growth, 300 years dormancy, the final 300 years to expire! The movie's production offices had taken over the University's grammar school facility, with producer Ray Stark using the principal's office as his office. Ray Stark completely aware of Herbert's demand for shade trees, was with Herbert in his production office when Gene joined their private conference-meeting, discussing filming plans including the shade tree request. In exasperation, Gene yelled, "You both are....just...plain CRAZY" and departed their meeting. Returning to the art department office, Gene had decided, announcing, "Kill the six '300 year old oak trees.' "See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: Before the wedding, all of the girls are in Truvy's, talking. Clairee is sitting in front of a stack of Easter eggs. Notice how the colors and placement of the eggs change almost every time the camera pans to Clairee.See more »
Quotes:
Ouiser Boudreaux:He is a boil on the butt of humanity!See more »
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Soundtrack:
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28 out of 37 people found the following review useful.
Six sympathetic magnolias bend but don't break, 9 March 2006
Author: roghache from Canada

This wonderful comedy drama romance tells the tale of a close knit group of six Southern women (of varying ages) in a small Louisiana town. The film gives us a glimpse into their daily lives over a period of several years, their laughter, their joy, and their tears, all through the lens of their enduring friendship.

Here are the six magnolias...

M'Lynne (Sally Field)...perhaps the steeliest of all the magnolias, who has a bittersweet relationship with her grown daughter

Shelby (Julia Roberts)...everyone's favorite girl next door, M'Lynne's endearing, diabetic daughter; we see her planning her very pink wedding (wait till you see the groom's cake!) and charting a difficult path, given her medical history

Truvy (Dolly Parton)...the married but lonely hairdresser with the heart of gold, who owns and operates Trudy's Beauty Parlor, center of social life for these ladies, site of gossip, teasing quips, and comfort

Ouisser (Shirley MacLaine)...the sarcastic spinster and cantankerous comic relief who is frequently seen carting her little dog around and exchanging barbs with her Old Nemesis, M'Lynne's husband, Drum

Clairee (Olympia Dukakis)...the charming, gossiping widow and town bigwig

Annelle (Daryl Hannah)...the shy, awkward new girl in town, who has a mysterious past and lands a job at the beauty parlor, under Truvy's mentoring

Through these six, we see the strength that lies behind the legendary Southern lady's charm (well, maybe Ouisser's not that charming!) and supposed flower fragility, their humor, their optimism, their faith, and above all, their banding together and supporting each other in the face of adversity.

I understand that this movie is based on a well known play by a famous Louisiana playwright. The women depicted in the film are by and large good Christian, church going folk, which is laudable. My initial reaction was to blame Hollywood for mocking Annelle's newfound deep faith and having her act as though she hadn't a clue in her dim witted Southern head. The playwright may have intended to cast her as going overboard and being too judgmental. If so, I personally don't consider this a kind or necessary depiction, and find Annelle to be very sincere and kind hearted.

However, otherwise this is simply a "funny tearjerker" and a great movie.

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