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Steel Magnolias -- A warm and witty celebration of friendship, Southern style. Sally Field and Dolly Parton topline anall-star ensemble cast in this smash hit.
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Director:
Writers (WGA):
Robert Harling (screenplay)
Robert Harling (play)
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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:
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. Another 2 wins & 6 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Flawed But Extremely Entertaining Mixture of Comedy and Drama See more (135 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
 
Location Management
Frawley Becker .... location manager
Robert DeBlieux .... assistant location manager
Gary Huckabay .... location assistant (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Daniel Allan Carlin .... supervising music editor
Craig Pettigrew .... music editor
John Richards .... scoring mixer: Evergreen Studios
John Beal .... composer: trailer (uncredited)
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)
Marlene Canfield .... production assistant
Dannie Collins .... local contact
Karen Estelle Collins .... production assistant (as Karen Collins)
Douglas S. Cramer III .... production assistant
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)
 
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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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Dolby (as Dolby Stereo)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Shirley MacLaine previously played the mother of a terminally-ill daughter in Terms of Endearment (1983). Robert Harling directed the sequel, The Evening Star (1996).See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Truvy is telling everyone about Annelle about praying more after their trip to New Orleans, Truvy puts the bottle of nail polish remover down twice.See more »
Quotes:
[Referring to her daughter's many pink wedding decorations]
M'Lynn:That sanctuary looks like it's been hosed down with Pepto-Bismol.
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Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
I GOT MINESee more »

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24 out of 40 people found the following review useful.
Flawed But Extremely Entertaining Mixture of Comedy and Drama, 2 October 2005
Author: gftbiloxi (gftbiloxi@yahoo.com) from Biloxi, Mississippi

An extremely episodic story of several smalltown southern women whose social lives revolve around meetings in the local beauty parlor, STEEL MAGNOLIAS' script and performances are dogged by an aura of artificiality--but it scarcely matters, for the film is a tremendous amount of fun.

Some of the performances are more successful than others, with Shirley MacLaine, Olympia Dukakis, Julia Roberts, and Darryl Hannah coming out on top (I am greatly surprised that so many other reviewers dislike Hannah's performance, which seems to me considerably less artificial than many others--but perhaps since I'm actually Southern I have a different perspective). Sally Fields and Dolly Parton are less successful, but not in any sense that actually distracts from the fun. Perhaps most surprising in a film which focuses on women are the brief but impressive performances from the male supporting cast, which includes effective performances by Tom Skerrit, Sam Shepherd, and Dylan McDermott, and which serve to ground the film with a sense of the broader community in which the women live.

The script abounds in zinging one-liners ("If you can't say something nice, come sit by me!") and often hilarious situations (imagine Olympia Dukakis surrounded by naked men in the highschool football team's locker room); it also contains some very touching segments sure to choke up all but the most heartless viewer. And although the story is extremely manipulative and rather predictable, those factors don't actually get in the way of its effectiveness. While probably not a "great film" by any serious standard, it is tremendously good-natured, well-intended, and extremely entertaining, and most people will find that it lingers pleasantly in mind and holds up well under repeated viewings.

Gary F. Taylor, aka GFT, Amazon Reviewer

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