After she discovers that her boyfriend has betrayed her, Hilary O'Neil is looking for a new start and a new job. She begins to work as a private nurse for a young man suffering from blood ... See full summary »
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
In author Robert Harling's play and film script, reference is made of the flocks of black birds that settle in the Natchitoches township neighborhood tree tops, noisily squawking incessantly, disturbing the neighborhood peace. House owners and their kids, in fact, would go outside, into their yards, assembling a joint neighborhood army, to drive the birds out of their neighborhood. Grabbing garbage can lids, using them as cymbals, metal pots, iron frying pans, clashing lids, pots, pans together creating a symphony of noisy sounds, disturbing the flock to fly out of their neighborhood, across town, to another tree nesting location. A few of the house owners would use their rifles to shoot in the air to move the flocks. Two months prior to filming, the production company hired a Los Angeles "studio bird and animal wrangler and his showbiz black bird flock". Driving from Los Angeles with his assistant, the duo transported their "Hollywood showbiz wire caged black bird circus" to Natchitoches, settling at the Holiday Inn. Daily, for six weeks, including Saturdays and Sundays, the wranglers trained the flock of black birds, with blank loaded gun shots as signals, to fly from one location of trees to another group of trees, at the designated film location sight. After the sequence was filmed, the "Hollywood bird circus" returned home to Los Angeles. See more »
The wedding scene opens with a closeup of Ouiser sitting in the pew looking bored. She is clearly toward the center of the pew, with a woman on her left and a black gentleman in the row directly behind her. In the very next shot, she is sitting at the end of the pew (aisle seat) and the same black gentleman is two rows behind her. See more »
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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