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.

Director:

Herbert Ross

Writers:

Robert Harling (screenplay), Robert Harling (play)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Knowl Johnson ... Tommy Eatenton
Jonathan Ward ... Jonathan Eatenton
Bibi Besch ... Belle Marmillion
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Storyline

Pivoting around the lively Truvy Jones' Louisiana beauty parlour, a tightly-knit band of friends, confront griefs, loss, life's unforeseen tragedies and heartaches with what they do best: gossiping and sharing. The spirited diabetic and bride-to-be, Shelby; her always supportive mother, M'Lynn; Truvy's gawky assistant, Annelle; the city's curmudgeon, Ouiser; and the town's former first lady, Clairee, are the warm Southern belles who know how to survive life's challenges with their unwavering friendship. But when Shelby decides to conceive, things will turn upside down.. Written by Nick Riganas

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The funniest movie ever to make you cry. See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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The producers thought that people would not believe Sally Field to be a mother to a 22-year-old child, until Field later pointed out that her first son, Peter Craig, was close to 22. Peter was just five days after his 20th birthday on the day of the film's release. See more »

Goofs

When Truvy is preparing Shelby's hair for her wedding, she takes out the same rollers three times. See more »

Quotes

Annelle: [stands up after praying] Amen.
M'Lynn: [looking confused at Truvy] Was she just praying?
Truvy: [rolling eyes, frustrated] Yes.
M'Lynn: Why?
Truvy: Maybe she's praying for Marshall and Drew and Belle. Maybe she's praying for us because we're gossiping. Maybe she's praying because the elastic is shot in her pantyhose! Who knows! She prays a the drop of a hat these days.
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I GOT MINE
(1976)
Written and Performed by Ry Cooder
Courtesy of Warner Bros. Records Inc.
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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Character flaw
21 October 2003 | by caladonSee all my reviews

As much as I enjoyed watching this film and reading the reviews; I'd like to comment on one aspect of the film that I haven't seen touched upon. The character of Shelby is meant to be portrayed as an optimistic, strong willed individual, determined to buck the odds to have the baby she longs to have. However, I can't help but see the character as incredibly selfish. Even though she knows that going through a pregnancy will put undo strain on her weakened system and potentially threaten and shorten her life, she resolves to get pregnant anyway; just so she can have a baby. Apparently she hasn't given a thought to either the child or her husband for that matter. She intentionally puts her husband in the position of probably losing his wife and raising a child as a single parent and whatever child she has, of losing its mother. Not exactly the behavior of someone who has a child's best interest in mind. All the character illustrated was that her husband was just a means to an end.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 November 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Steel Magnolias See more »

Filming Locations:

Louisiana, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,425,440, 19 November 1989

Gross USA:

$84,614,512

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$96,759,512
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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