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Steel Magnolias (1989)

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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.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... M'Lynn Eatenton
... Truvy Jones
... Ouiser Boudreaux
... Annelle Dupuy Desoto
... Clairee Belcher
... Shelby Eatenton Latcherie
... Drum Eatenton
... Spud Jones
... Jackson Latcherie
... Sammy Desoto
... Owen Jenkins
... Aunt Fern
Knowl Johnson ... Tommy Eatenton
... Jonathan Eatenton
... 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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Sometimes laughter is a matter of life and death. See more »

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22 November 1989 (USA)  »

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Flores de acero  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,425,440, 19 November 1989, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$83,759,091

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$95,904,091
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Due to marketing, re-shoot delays, and flights via London to Cannes Festival 1989, many of the cast were surprise attendees of the most densely packed (UK non-Award), celebrity event "Save the Rose Theatre" campaigns, public PR day, May 1989. See more »

Goofs

In the first scene of the movie, Sally Field's character has an ice cube put inside her blouse as a prank from one of her kids. The ice cube is seen falling almost instantly but Sally Field's character asks Julia Roberts' character to help her with the ice cube in her blouse. See more »

Quotes

Truvy: When it comes to pain and suffering, she's right up there with Elizabeth Taylor.
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Holy Holy Holy
(1826) (uncredited)
Music by Reginald Heber (1826) (uncredited)
Words by John B. Dykes (1861) (uncredited)
Sung by the church congregation
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Based On A Real Life Incident
23 April 2005 | by See all my reviews

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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