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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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Herbert Ross

Writers:

Robert Harling (screenplay), Robert Harling (play)
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »

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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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Sometimes laughter is a matter of life and death. See more »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 November 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Flores de acero See more »

Filming Locations:

Natchitoches, 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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Trivia

Upon arriving in Natchitoches, the production designer, the art director, the director, director of photography, location manager, and producer were based in the Holiday Inn for their initial meetings and production decisions. The Holiday Inn became the central home base for all arriving personnel involved with the filming company. Lori Tate, the hotel's manager, complied with requests and provided complete services for out of the ordinary requests. As the company members arrived, the hotel turned into the Magnolia Hotel. When the female cast arrived, they stayed in the hotel until their arranged rental residences were available for their lengthy film shoot. Dolly Parton moved into a river edge plantation house with picture windows facing the town's river. None of the adjacent properties had fences; open rolling green lawns separated the large houses. Spending the afternoon and evening in the residence, Dolly realized photographers with telescopic high powered lenses would invade her privacy on the property. At 3 a.m., Dolly called Mrs. Tate and annouced that she was moving back to the Holiday Inn, immediately. Dolly remained in the hotel until the local Realtor found another rental, located on a local lake. Dolly's lakeside neighbor was Shirley MacLaine, whose property had a dock-wharf. Shirley asked the realtor, "Would my nude sunbathing cause any problems?" "Only a traffic jam on the lake", was his reply. See more »

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When Truvy asks Annelle about her car, Annelle pulls the magazines in her hands close to her chest and does it again in the next shot. See more »

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Clairee Belcher: They were both high. They'd been smokin' everything but their shoes.
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Probably my favorite movie...
8 April 2006 | by PookyiscuteSee all my reviews

Although there are several films that I would rank in the top ten best of all time, this is probably my favorite, and is a good past time to watch that never lets me down. As many times as I've seen this film (and it's a lot), it never fails me; with tears, laughter and excellent acting and reality. Julia Roberts, as I recall was nominated for her portrayal as a young woman with diabetes, and in my opinion, should have won for this and not for "Erin Brockovich". But, the real gem and overlooked one in the movie is Sally Field. This is by far and away, her best role and performance she ever snagged, and nailed, and I rank her performance in this as one of my top five best performances in motion picture history of all time.

All the characters and performances in this are excellent, including one such, by Daryl Hannah, who I don't care for, but love in this movie. In fact, her character Anell, is the only role I've ever liked her in, and applaud her work in it.

Among the cast there are very few men, but my favorite is Tom Skerrit, who plays Sally Field's husband, and father to Julia Robert. Shirley MaClain, Olympia Dukakis, and Dolly Parton are the other three co-stars, that follow behind the three previous, and all make their characters unique.

The basis of the film, is a beauty parlor, and although it might sound hokey, it's really not. Some might call it a chick flick, but I have to say that I know men have even gotten teary-eyed from this film. It's wonderfully directed, only in that, it makes you feel apart of the never ending friendship that's between this group of women. The experiences that they have and the trials and tribulations they go through. Although not the whole movie is set in the hair salon, a good portion of the film is, but it is done in just the right amount, and is written very well.

I recommend it for girls of all ages, and men who want to impress their girlfriends with a great flick for a Friday night. It is one of the best films of all time, and if for no other reason, you should watch this merely to see the performance Sally Field gives, because it is amazing.


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