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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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Writers (WGA):
Robert Harling (screenplay)
Robert Harling (play)
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Release Date:
22 November 1989 (USA) See more »
The funniest movie ever to make you cry. See more »
Revolving around Truvy's Beauty Parlor in a small parish in modern-day Louisiana, STEEL MAGNOLIAS is... See more » | Full synopsis »
Nominated for Oscar. Another 2 wins & 6 nominations See more »
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A 'Chick Flick' Men Can Enjoy, Too! See more (135 total) »


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

Did You Know?

This movie was based on a play written about a sister of Phi Mu Fraternity. Susan Harling was a member of the Kappa Iota chapter and her brother Robert Harling wrote the play on which the movie is based.See more »
Continuity: When the ladies are in Truvy's shop before Shelby's wedding talking about recipes, Shelby alternates between applying lipstick and having her hands in her lap between shots.See more »
Ouiser Boudreaux:You know you would be a much more contended pleasant person if you would find ways to occupy your time.
Ouiser Boudreaux:I am pleasant! Dammit! I just saw Drum Eatenton this mornin at the Piggly Wiggly and I smiled at the son of a bitch for I couldn't help myself!
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18 out of 30 people found the following review useful.
A 'Chick Flick' Men Can Enjoy, Too!, 21 August 2003
Author: Ben Burgraff (cariart) from Las Vegas, Nevada

With Julia Roberts the superstar she is today, it's an excellent time to enjoy the film that contains her best performance, Steel Magnolias.

As the doomed but optimistic daughter of Sally Field and Tom Skerrit, she holds her own in a cast of movie divas, including Shirley MacLaine, Olympia Dukakis, Dolly Parton, and (in her best film work, as well), Darryl Hannah.

The film is basically a warm, upbeat character study of a group of women friends, played out in a beautiful Louisiana bayou town. The story begins with Roberts' wedding, then carries on through the ups and downs of the friends' lives. The men in the story are secondary characters, and occasionally come across as a bit selfish (Roberts' husband), or buffoons (Hannah's boyfriend), yet one of the joys of this movie is that you come to love the women so much, you don't mind the men's shortcomings, and start liking them, too!

The standout performances of the film are from Roberts, and MacLaine, as a spinster with a sarcastic tongue, and, ultimately, a heart of gold. Her scenes with Dukakis are hilarious, yet full of the warmth that makes this film so special!

A couple of things usually overlooked, but worth mentioning; the enchanting film score (I wish the soundtrack would be re-released!), and a bit part by Janine Turner, before 'Northern Exposure' made her a star.

This is a very special film, for both Roberts' fans, and anyone who wants to believe in the healing powers of friendship. Yes, this film can be defined as a 'chick flick', but guys, you'll end up enjoying it, too!

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