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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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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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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:

$83,759,091

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$95,904,091
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The Natchitoches Hospital Administration wanted the film company to film their actual emergency room and intensive care ward. Gene Callahan had serious reservations filming in the actual hospital, just in case a heart attack patient should arrive interrupting filming. This set was built in the gymstage used as the main film interiors studio. Location managers, after this movie was released, repeatedly called Art Director Hub Braden in Los Angeles asking where the hospital location was, because their film's director wanted to shoot in the same hospital. See more »

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When the girls are in the beauty parlor, Clairee is discussing her gay friend at a motel and Shelby's hair is wet. In the next scene Shelby asks, "What 'motel thing'?" and her hair is dry. See more »

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Southern Charm served on a Movie Reel
11 March 2000 | by Falcon-51See all my reviews

O.K. The film is labeled a "Chick Flick" and it is, but there is no reason a guy couldn't enjoy it. I'm a guy and I found it quite enjoyable. With strong performances by everyone and a wonderfully written script, both hilarious and heart wrenching. The cast is completely star studded. First Sally Field plays M'Lynn Eatenton a southern mom with a golden heart. Dolly Parton plays Truvy Jones owner of the local beauty salon and favorite gossip hang out for the women of the film. Shirley MacLaine plays Ouiser Boudreaux the woman you love to hate whom proclaims herself richer than God. Daryl Hannah plays Annelle Dupuy Desoto the shy girl hired by Truvy because of her wonderful work on hair. Olympia Dukakis plays Clairee Belcher a wonderful southern charmer and one of the thorns in Ouiser's side. Julia Roberts plays Shelby Eatenton Latcherie the central character of the film that is plagued with medical problems. Tom Skerritt plays Drum Eatenton, husband of M'Lynn Eatenton. Also there are a couple of smaller parts played by Sam Shepard and Dylan McDermott.

One of the many funny moments in the film occurs when Drum (Skerritt) ask Ouiser for a slice of wedding cake that is shaped like an Armadillo. Drum asks: Ouiser, can we call a truce long enough for me to get a piece of cake? (Ouiser slices him off the tail section) to which Drum replies: Thanks Ouiser, nothing like a good piece of ass!

Sally Feilds performance as the woman letting loose during the cemetery scene seems like Oscar material, but she does not even receive a nomination. Julia Roberts however does receive a nomination but does not win. She does manage to take home a Golden Globe for best actress in a supporting role. As I said before there were some great performances by all the ladies. So "Chick Flick" or not I think many guy's will also enjoy this film.


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