Steel Magnolias (Special Edition)

 
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In the South, a diabetic girl decides to risk having a baby and is supported by her mother and four loyal friends.
Genre: Feature Film-Drama
Rating: PG
Release Date: 3-JAN-2006
Media Type: DVD

Based on Robert Harling's play, this comedy-drama directed by Herbert Ross (The Turning Point) follows several years in the lives of women who regularly see one another at a beauty shop in their small Louisiana town. The story deepens as Julia Roberts, playing a serious diabetic and the daughter of Sally Field, goes downhill in her health. But as an ensemble piece, this is one of those enjoyably lumpy tearjerkers with many years' worth of stored truths suddenly being shared between the characters, lots of grievances aired, that sort of thing. Daryl Hannah and Shirley MacLaine assume the most eccentric roles, Dolly Parton the most fun, and Olympia Dukakis the most dignified, while Sally Field essentially provides the moral and emotional center of the movie. --Tom Keogh

Customer Reviews:

  • Steel Magnolias
    This movie is tender and funny. The cast was superb. This movie will steel you heart. A thumb's up!...more info
  • Movie review
    A real "girls" movie! We get to see an insight into this family and all of the wild, wacky and crazy stuff that goes along with it. In my opinion, its a real tear jerker!...more info
  • I saw it, I cried; I'm not ashamed to admit it...
    I'll never understand the male stereotype that says you cannot admit to liking anything that doesn't involve bloodshed, sports or nudity. Sure, as a guy I can understand why those three things are appealing to my gender (although I am far from a sports fan) but I have never been one to hide my deeper feelings or emotions. I cry whenever I want to; I have deep and meaningful conversations with my male friends and I definitely watch whatever it is that I want to regardless of the intended fan base.

    I say this, not because I think that this is a particularly good movie but because this seems to be a popular movie that men feel unabashedly ashamed in either watching or enjoying or, god forbid, crying at.

    The film tells the story of a group of women who frequent the same hair salon and become a central part of each others lives over the years. There is M'Lynn, the kind hearted mother who only wants what is best for her daughter Shelby, who just so happens to be a serious diabetic. There is Truvy, who owns the salon, and Annelle, her new employee with a background no one is too sure about. There is the loudmouthed Ouiser and her loyal friend Clairee.

    Together they make for one lively bunch.

    The film mostly focuses on M'Lynn and Shelby as they struggle to come to terms with Shelby's growing independence. Shelby wants to get married and have children, but the doctors have warned her that childbirth will not be a smart move for someone in her condition. M'Lynn wants to allow her daughter to live her own life, but she also is the mother and mothers always know what is best for their children; right?

    The film is tragically clich®¶d, which probably adds to the memorable factor, since we've seen it all before, but it takes away from the originality and my personal overall appreciation of the film. It's also very heavy handed, and it's not always smooth about it either. The acting is a bit spotty, sometimes so over the top it's annoying and other times so grounded in itself that it is stunningly superb.

    Let's look at the two opposite ends of the spectrum; Shirley MacLaine and Sally Field. Two of my favorite actresses of all time spar off and only one is the victor; Field. Sally Field delivers what may be her finest performance ever, delving deep into the maternal spectrum of this woman's very being. M'Lynn aches to see her daughter live a full life, but she cannot look past the fact that a full life may very well kill her. It's heartbreaking to say the least. Shirley MacLaine, who may even be a better actress as a whole, is ridiculously overacting throughout this film. Her mannerisms are all over the place and her characters comedic timing borders on annoying. It's shameful, which is sad, because I love her.

    Olympia Dukakis is stunning here, Dolly Parton is fun and Daryl Hannah is effectively na?ve, even if neither do a whole lot to be remembered for. Julia Roberts was nominated for an Oscar for her performance, and was the favorite to win (although she lost) but her performance is decent at best, never really investing itself as deeply as Field's. She does a fine job, but nothing spectacular.

    So, did this movie make me cry? Yes, it did, and I am not ashamed to say that. The ending is such a heartbreaker, and Field is so convincing in her tragic portrayal that anyone who doesn't cry is made of stone, really. Is the movie really as amazing as many make it out to be? No, not really. It works to an extent and sports a beautiful performance but its own clich®¶s and spotty collective ensemble tear it down a few notches and keep it from being the classic many want it to be. See it for Field, for she is heaven-sent, but don't expect too much from the film as a whole....more info
  • Steel Magnolias
    One of the Funniest, and saddest, movies made. But, even after the sad instances, there would be a spirit lifting line or scene. I laughed hard and cried harder....more info
  • STEEL MAHNOLIAS
    I WOULD LIKE TO BUY THIS DVD OF STEEL MAGALIAS ON BLUE RAY FOR MY CHRISMAS PRESENT THIS YEAR.IT WAS A VERY VERY GOOD MOVIE TO WATCH OVER AND OVER AGIAN
    I WOULD LIKE IT OUT CHRISMAS TIME.ON BLUE RAY.PLEASE LET ME WHEN I CAN AVANCE FROM YOU ON AMAZON.COM
    THANK YOU DAVID SCHMIDLI...more info
  • Southern Girl Power
    Southern Belles are known for their feminine strength along with their very feminine charm. This movie, Julia Roberts' follow up to Pretty Woman, is a brilliant cast of strong leading ladies including the one and only Dolly Parton. Heartbreaking and full of the bonds of female friendship and family, it is a serious tear jerker....more info
  • Delightful, entertaining, mesmerizing yet sad
    "Steel Magnolias" is about a young woman, who's diabetic and is played by Julia Roberts, an excellent actress, who is getting married add the rest of the cast: the wonderful actresses Olympia Dukakis, Shirley MacLaine, Sally Field, and Dolly Parton all make this a worthwhile film to watch.

    She gets married and contrary to Julia Robert's character's mother's wishes (played by Sally Field) she instructs Julia Robert's character, "Shelby" not to have a baby, but because Julia Robert's character is young, married and really wants a family goes against her mother's wishes.

    I will not spoil it by telling you the rest of the plot, but trust me, it's a great movie that will make you laugh and cry--all at the same time!

    Definitely bring your kleenez boxes!

    Highly recommended for both men and women because it's a drama.

    (For ages 18+ due to adult themes such as death.)


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  • I never get tired of watching this movie!
    Like an old friend, this movie always brings laugh, love and tears. It is a great mix of comedy and drama and the performances are first rate. I saw it in theaters in 1989 and as a gay man, just coming out, it was real comfort food. Always five stars for this movie! I'd give it six if I could :)...more info
  • Steel Magnolias
    Just about the best movie out there...If you want to cry or laugh. I loved this movie the first time I saw it and then just recently I took my 15 year old daughter to see the play and decided that she had to see the actual movie. She loved it too! A truly southern women movie!...more info
  • Good Movie!
    This movie has it all - star cast, great acting, lots of laughs, warm and sentimental. If you like a tearjerker, this movie is the one for you. ...more info
  • Strong women
    I first saw this movie in the theater when it came out and have loved it since. Have watched it again and again. Although some may think of it as a depressing movie because of Julia Robert's dying, I think it shows the strength of women, the special bond women, who have known each other and been through life's ups and downs, have and the support they can and do give each other. Besides that, the you have some fantastic actresses doing some amazing acting in this film! Of course, this was the beginnning for Julia Roberts, Sally Field is as she always is...great, we need to see more of Olivia Dukakis (?sp). I am not a great fan of Dolly Parton but this part fits her perfectly. Also, was not a great fan of Shirley McClain until this movie but she is my favorite character as Weezer, who makes this movie, to me, not depressing but hilariously funny.

    I had this film on video, loaned it to someone and never got it back so that's why I ordered the DVD and am glad I did. I did not realize until watching the additional info that it was based on a true story. All the better......more info
  • Steele Magnolias
    I would have rated this item 5 stars if the seller had mailed it in a DVD case. The seller mailed it in a regular white envelope. I contacted the seller, and voiced my displeasure in him/her mailing the DVD without putting it in a case, and the seller apologized and offered me a refund if I didn't want to keep it. I decided not to send it back because of having to pay additional postage, it just wasen't worth it. The seller should have stated that the DVD did not have a case, and should have reduced the selling price....more info
  • The Tearjerker To End All Tearjerkers
    I had always been apprehensicve about watching "Steel Magnolias". I generally find tearjerkers boring and manipulative. I loved "Terms Of Endearment", but that had a lot of humor in it (all coming from Jack Nicholson). But my parents begged me to watch it. Well, I loved it. It is hard for me to put into words how much I loved this movie.I don;t know if it's because everyhting's I wanted to say about it has been said, or becuase I'm too tired to come up with anything good to write. So I will basically rate it like this:

    Plot: 5/5 (Realistic and life affirming)
    Cast: 5/5 (Stop criticizing Daryl Hannah. She was perfect for Anelle)
    Performances: 5/5 (I'm still shocked nobody won an Oscar)
    Standout Scene: The entire funeral sequence.
    Standout performer: Everyone gave equally perfect performances, but Shirley MacLaine was pure pleasure as Weaser. Her hysterical one liners stole the show. She reminds me so much of my Aunt Dora.
    Extras: 3.5/5
    Overall rating 5/5

    I hope you found this review informative and helpful. Bottom line: a must see movie.
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  • A must see movie !
    I have seen this movie dozens of times and enjoy it every time.
    Oh yea .. Sally Field is just so amazing in this film. She has been crying every time I watch it!

    I have read all these reviews and I was surprised. I feel that each character in the movie did a fantastic job! This movie really makes you appreicate life and the people that are in it. It's one of my all time favorite movies. I also recommend "Fried Green Tomatoes". That is also a great movie....more info
  • How can you not like this movie?
    I have been watching this movie since I was a little kid, and there's no telling how many times I have seen it. But, I still cry every single time I see it and I was so excited when I saw it was out on dvd. i agree that they could have picked someone else to portray "anelle" but everyoe else was wonderful. the acting is superb and the stryline is perfect. I almost wish they could have made a second one but there is no doubt that it could not compete with this one. It is definetley going to go down as one of the great classics and I recommend it to anyone, male or female. ...more info
  • A Hometown Classic
    I think this will probably go on some list one day as one of the greatest movies of the 20th century. Not only was the cast diverse and perfectly chosen, they really brought out the truth of the movie. This movie really made people realize that no one has a perfect life, and that even when mirales happen, so do tragedies. Julia Roberts (Shelby) and Sall Field (M'Lynn) really entertained audiences with their dramatic, yet sometimes comedic, relationship as mother and daughter.

    The town that this movie was filmed in is actually when I attend college right now--Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana. The town itself is almost exactly like it is protrayed in the movie: there really is an annual Christmas festival that is just as wild as it was in the movie, people really are friendly, and that cemetary where "Shelby" is buried at really does exist and is really creepy!

    It's also exciting life like Shelby's really did exist. "Shelby"--although not her real name, in real life was a member of the Phi Mu Fraternity at NSU, and her little boy "Jack" is actually in one of my classes!

    It's really neat knowing that such a classic movie was made right here in the town in which I am studying.

    So, despite the horrible southern accents (the actresses were taught to speak like they were from Georgia and not Louisiana!), this movie is a great family movie and will cause your heart to drop and your eyes to tear. Five stars!...more info
  • Finally saw it...and loved it.
    For years I had seen this movie on department store shelves and toyed with the idea of buying it, mostly for the array of actresses in it I recognized. For one reason or another, though, I never actually saw this movie until it was on TV a few days ago. And did it ever impress me. The characters are so real, the beauty so intensely beautiful, and the tragedy so unbearably sad as to instantly make it one of my favorite movies of all time. ...more info
  • One of the best stage to screen movies I have ever seen.
    Steel Magnolias is a movie that is timeless. You cannot beat it. I know I am in a minority in saying that it is better than Terms of Endearment and Fried Green Tomatoes but in my opinion it really is. The love between the characters is more real and heartfelt and isn't as dismal to watch as in the previous two films. The acting is awesome, as well as the score and plot. The movie will rip your heart out. I highly reccomend it....more info
  • True Story
    The person who reviewed the movie giving it 2 or 3 stars and claiming not to believe the story is true can be assured that indeed, the story of Shelby in Steel Magnolias in true. Shelby is based upon the story of Robert Harling's sister Susan Harling Robinson and was written in remberance of her for her son who was 2 years old at the time of her death in 1986 due to complication of diabetes and a kidney transplant (from her mother) which ultimately failed.

    She and her brother Robert attended the exact same university that I now attend: Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana. She was a member of Phi Mu Kappa Iota Sorority (The second oldest in the nation) and WAS indeed a nurse. For whatever sad reason, Susan decides to have a child ("I would rather have 30 minutes of wonderful than a lifetime of nothing special."... one of her famous last words) even though doctor's warn her against this and she ultimately loses her life. The sad facts of life is that her son Robert will never know his mother. The movie is definitely worth watching and I say this not because of the "famous cast," but because it shows that, hey, life is short and sometimes we make choices that cost us dearly. Susan died a very young woman and left behind a husband, son, mother and family forever bereft of her presence. Her brother said (of the script) that he wrote it in 10 days not long after her death because he was angry that she was dead. He later wanted it so that his nephew would remember his mother.

    Wynona Ryder was originally offered the role of Shelby/Susan, but was considered too young. Julia Robert's was a wonderful choice and definitely not someone I would consider "horsey faced." If she is "horsey faced," she makes one d*** good salary being so ugly....more info

  • Happy, Sad, and a Celebration of Life
    This movie is wonderful for its simple story of life, enhanced by a rare combination of heavyweight talent. The characters seem to jump off the screen because they are so homey and natural, and the deep philosophical thought into which so many movies of this type sink is almost completely absent, leaving something readily understandable and enjoyable that allows you to laugh or cry freely.

    It is unusual for so many famous stars to appear in one film. Julia Roberts is listed after many of the other names, though today she is one of the most popular and highly paid actors in the world. Sally Field plays Julia Roberts' fretful mother, always concerned about her daughter, but a balanced concern. Julia is the marginally rebellious daughter, who thinks her mother fusses too much over her, wanting her mother to let her lead her own life.

    Much of the interaction in this movie takes place between Dolly Parton, Olympia Dukakis, Shirley MacLaine, Darryl Hannah and Sally Field. The women gossip, criticize each other and support each other, the kind of love and friendship that seems to exist more often in smaller communities. Dolly Parton is outgoing and friendly, as is Olympia Dukakis. Shirley MacLaine is noisy and complains about everything, figuring that being old and wealthy allows her the right to complain. Darryl Hannah is a very religious frumpy young woman with (gasp!) a past, though her past seems mild to many of us. These women support each other and provide advice, but also an outlet for their wishes and hopes and problems. They also often like to talk about each other, though in a way they try hard to be polite and supportive when they can.

    Some of the funniest scenes involve Tom Skerritt as Sally Field's husband Drum. Tom seems to have a way of doing things that provide at least smiles, and a bit of eye rolling on occasion. Tom is funniest when he interacts with Shirley MacLaine. Tom seems to enjoy tormenting Shirley and Shirley enjoys griping back at Tom. While on one level it appears that the two dislike each other, the viewer also must recognize that they could have avoided each other and yet do not, so surely they must get some enjoyment out of the encounters.

    The central character throughout the movie is Julia Roberts. We discover early in the movie that she suffers from diabetes, and the effects are often severe. The tension between Julia and Sally Field as Julia's symptoms and problems increase, and the tension with the rest of the women in the movie, increases during the movie, awaiting release. The movie alternates between laughter and pain until near the ending that has its sad moments, but ends relatively happily as the true lesson of the movie is finally revealed.

    Stories of real life are often boring or are hard to comprehend because of lack of a common background. This story of real life has enough caricature to be funny enough to keep your attention, while being sufficiently rooted in life to allow you to feel like this life could have been yours, your parents, or your grandparents.

    Some of the subject matter in this film makes it unsuitable for young members of the family. (...) However, I think this excellent film should be suitable for older children and all other family members....more info

  • This is a movie that you will remember!
    I loved this movie. Prepare to laugh but bring your kleenex, because you'll need it, and then you'll smile again. As the movie says, "life goes on"...

    The movie is packed full of well-known actresses and actors (Sally Field, Julia Roberts, Shirley McClaine, Daryl Hannah, Dolly Parton, Skerrit, Olympia Dukakis, and more) who are magnificent.

    The movie starts with the preparations for the wedding of Sally Field and Tom Skerrit's daughter, Julia Roberts. And then you have all the friends and acquaintances who are involved. There is the beauty parlor where all the gossip takes place, and where friendships are made. It is funny, sad and completely absorbing. Julia's diabetis is a big concern for everyone especially since she decided to have a child and it is something that is very hazardous to her health.

    I loved Shirley McClaine, who is an outspoken woman, and her friend Olympia Dukakis. Dolly Parton, who owns the beauty shop, and Daryl Hannah who is befriended by Dolly and the others and who has a past that they were all curious about. It is a story that could take place in just about any town, but it took special talent to put it together to make it so wonderful. It has everything-comedy, drama, and sadness, all put together harmoniously.

    I think this is a movie that everyone will like. I highly recommend it. Enjoy!...more info

  • Makes you appeciate family, friends and life!
    I just love this movie. It's a tear-jerker but the message behind this tale about simple women in a small southern town is very uplifting. Each character is one that most can relate to. Sally Field does an awesome job in this film. By the end of the movie you feel like you're a part of this circle of friends bound by gossip, family and love....more info
  • "Laughter through tears is my favorite emotion."
    In 1989, audiences were treated to an all-star cast in the film "Steel Magnolias", which follows the lives of several women who are all friends in a small Louisiana town. The film was directed by Herbert Ross (1927-2001), who directed "The Goodbye Girl" (1977) and "The Turning Point" (1977, for which he received an Oscar nomination for Best Director). It was written by Robert Harding, who had originally written "Steel Magnolias" as a play and also adapted Olivia Goldsmith's novel into the screenplay for "The First Wives Club" (1996).

    The story begins with a young woman, Annelle Dupuy (Daryl Hannah), who is new to the Lousiana town and planning to work as a beautician for Truvy Jones (Dolly Parton), whose husband Spud Jones (Sam Shepard) is an often out-of-work contractor. Impressed with her abilities, Truvy hires Annelle and they receive their first customers of the day: the wealthy widow Clairee Belcher (Olympia Dukakis), the responsible mother M'Lynn Eatenton (Sally Field), her engaged daughter Shelby (Julia Roberts) and the eccentric/antisocial divorcee Ouiser Boudreaux (Shirley MacLaine). Since one of the activities that most of the ladies enjoy doing is gossiping, when Ouiser begins to interrogate Annelle about her life, everyone is all ears as Annelle explains her troubled marriage and vanished husband. Shelby then invites Annelle to come to her wedding, which Annelle does and meets a man who becomes very interested in her: Sammy Desoto (Kevin J. O'Connor). Shelby's new husband is Jackson Latcherie (Dylan McDermott), and her outspoken father, Drum Eatenton (Tom Skerritt), often enjoys teasing Ouiser about her aging dog. Shelby suffers from diabetes, but is determined to live as much of a normal life as possible, even when it comes into conflict with M'Lynn's concerns for her health.

    With its witty script, wonderful story and engaging characters, "Steel Magnolias" is a very entertaining and emotional film. Julia Roberts received an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress, but disappointingly, Sally Field was not nominated for Best Actress for her exceptional performance, especially during the very emotional funeral scene. Olympia Dukakis, Shirley MacLaine and Daryl Hannah performed superbly in their roles, and Dolly Parton was very well casted for her role as Truvy and did an excellent job. Memorable scenes in the film include the opening scenes at Truvy's beauty salon, Shelby's wedding, the Christmas fair, Shelby revealing her pregnancy, other scenes at Truvy's, Annelle's wedding shower, M'Lynn at the hospital, the funeral scene and the closing Easter scenes. Overall, I rate "Steel Magnolias" with 5 out of 5 stars and highly recommend it on widescreen DVD....more info

  • 80% CREDIBLE, BUT FUNNY. YOU'LL WATCH THIS MORE THAN ONCE.
    As already mentioned here a number of times, yes, it reeks of a chick flick. But on the simple metric of number of one-liners per minute, I simply cannot think of a better comical powerhouse! The script to this movie is an example for screenwriters.

    The hilarious star-studden ensemble is set in southern US, a small Louisiana town. The camaraderie is contagious and nostalgic, and the life of the characters so identifiable you'll be involved with the film immediately. There's almost several subthemes, each character has a peccadillo to share.

    But the main focus of the film is the relationship between Sally Field and Julia Roberts, a domineering mother and her strong-willed but physically weak daughter respectively, the latter also plagued with diabetes. And there is a lot of time spent on Daryl Hannah's strange character development as well as the film covers a year or two via holidays.

    To me, that is what most undermines the film -- I would much rather have seen more time spent on Parton and MacLaine, and even Dukakis, whose lives, in the brief glimpses we are given, seem much more interesting, and whose characters are by far much more alive and vibrant. Their barbs and quips are a compelling reason alone to watch this movie again and again!

    At any rate, this is a movie you should definitely watch if you haven't already, and if you have, watch it again. What a wonderful slice of life, drama and delectable humor!...more info

  • Friendship Most Women Dream About
    This is a story based on the lives of six women that revolves around a beauty salon, Truvy's Beauty Shop. The title of this film is Steel Magnolias; it was released in 1989 and has a running time of 119 minutes. This film has many great award winning actresses including Sally Field, Dolly Parton, Shirley MacLaine, Daryl Hannah, Olympia Dukakis and Julia Roberts.

    The setting for this movie starts with a young woman walking down the street and running into a house that is preparing for a wedding and then wandering farther to find the beauty shop, Truvy's, where she will be employed. Suddenly the beauty shop is filled with people getting ready for the wedding that she witnessed earlier that wedding is Shelby's, Julia Roberts and then Shelby has in insulin attack. She has severe diabetes and her doctor has told her some very sad news right before she gets married. Her mother M'lynn, Sally Field, is taking the news better than most would think.

    There are many twists and turns once the wedding has taken place, some of them are sad and some are joyous. This is the type of friendship that most women dream about. Each woman is affected in different ways by each storyline. This film is one of the better films I have seen in recent years it has really touched me....more info

  • Steel Magnolias
    It was a chick movie. It could have been better but I was in Natchitoches so I just had to see the movie....more info
  • steel magnolias
    THIS MOVIE IS A CLASSIC THAT I HAVE SEEN BEFORE, BUT WANTED TO BUY IT.
    IT HAS VERY FUNNY SCENES AND SCENES THAT WILL MAKE YOU CRY. IT IS ALL ABOUT WHAT FRIENDS SHOULD BE FOR ONE ANOTHER. AND THE DIFFERENT THOUGHTS AND OPINIONS THAT RUN THRU EVERYONE'S MIND AT ONE TIME OR ANOTHER. SALLY FIELDS WAS TRULY A GREAT PARENT, AND FRIEND IN THIS MOVIE, AND HER FRIENDS WERE GREAT IN THEIR SUPPORT. I GIVE THIS MOVIE 5 STARS. ALSO I RECIEVED EXCELLENT SERVICE THUR AMAZON WHEN ORDERING THIS MOVIE....more info
  • Best Movie Ever
    I remember when this movie hit the theaters. I think I ended up seeing it 20 times. I always said that when my daughter (not if but WHEN) was born I was going to name her Shelby. And I did. One movie that make you laugh, cry, and laugh again in the space of minutes. This will always be a classic and a favorite in my book!...more info
  • One of the best Chick Flicks in existence
    LOVE Shirley McClain and Olympia Dukakis is a RIOT! If you loved Terms of Endearment, this is one for you....more info
  • Steel Magnolias
    It's funny, it's sad, it has everything that most women can associate with. It is one of my very favorite movies and I've watched it at least 10 times. Shirley McClain is hysterical....more info
  • A womans story
    This is a sad movie, after you see it you'll realize life is like this alot of times. It has some good humor, and great acting. you'll appreciate the value of good friends after seeing this movie....more info
  • Reporting from Location
    In 2005, we took a weekend trip from Baton Rouge, LA to Natchitoches, LA, where fifteen years earlier the filming of Steel Magnolias in 1989 remains about the biggest thing that ever happened. Having never seen the movie, we rented it as soon as we got back home. Everyone had a reason for watching it in two segments--mine was my sense that this was one of the "cutest" movies I'd ever seen, and I'd had quite enough "cute" lately, especially after sitting through Will Smith in "Hitch". The accents and the caricatures of the characters were all so thick that it reminded me of The Beverly Hillbillies, though more embarrassing than funny. One "Hillbillies-like" moment that pretty funny was the few non-female characters' effort to shoot some "crows" out of a tree so that they won't "**** all over the reception". Their creative use of a crossbow is a classic.

    Sad to say there isn't much else classic in a story that is at the same time saccharine and maudlin. There was also some choppiness between scenes (as the movie was adapted from a play that never left the beauty shop). I can think of two scenes in particular--one where the town-big wig Clairee (played by the noted-Southern belle Olympia Dukasis) buys the local radio station so that she can do the color commentary on the local football games (the scene features the same guy filmed bare from the back waist-and-lower view as he walks in front camera in the locker room three times.) In another scene, the Darryl Hannah (hard to recognize) committed Christian character argues with her boyfriend over his repeated taking of the Lord's name in vain. Neither scene has any impact on the rest of the story.

    Dolly Parton is her usual big hair, big smile, big **** self as the lead hairdresser. Shirley MacLaine has a very unsympathetic character as the Eatonton's (Julie and Sally, and family) ill-tempered neighbor. The male characters are more or less wasted, especially the estimable Sam Shepard, who spends most of the film underneath a car, or sitting lifelessly in front of a TV.

    The movie improved from the seemingly endless wedding prep and wedding of the first half to the second half, which became more dramatic. Sally Field has a pretty good scene near the end, she and the story make you think a little about the motives of the main character (Julia Roberts as Shelby).

    Overall, I thought that Steel Magnolias was a relatively embarrassing depiction of life in the beautiful town of Natchitoches, LA. Given that the locals seemed not to mind too much, I may be overreacting. They even showed us where the truck made an illegal left turn in the final scene.
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  • Awesome Movie!!
    I bought this for my daughter as a gift for graduating cosmetology school.... since Dolly Parton plays the ultimate small town cosmetologist. She had never seen it. What an awesome movie and great gift. This is a classic chic flic!...more info
  • Great Tear-Jerker. Recommended For Girls' Night In.
    Academy-Award winner Sally Field ("Norma Rae," "Places In The Heart"), singer Dolly Parton (who co-wrote the hit "I Will Always Love You" with Whitney Houston), Daryl Hannah ("Kill Bill," "A Walk To Remember"), Academy-Award winner Shirley Maclaine ("Terms Of Endearment") and a young Julia Roberts (long before her win for Best Actress in "Erin Brockovich") highlight this entertaining film based on a play. I love this film. Rated PG for mild language and some thematic elements. ...more info
  • one of my favorites
    I don't expect anything more of a movie than to enjoy it and be entertained. I don't seek to psychoanalyze or offer up in-depth critique, it's only a movie. I either enjoy it or I don't. This movie is priceless, MacLaine & Dukakis are exceptional. Field can still make me cry. EVERY time....more info
  • Steel Magnolia's rocks
    This is one of my all time favorite movies, the tape I had was so worn out from watching it I decided to buy the DVD. I would highly recommend it. ...more info
  • Don't Buy It, Faulty Audio
    Excited. Popped it in the DVD player. Opening sequence, perfect. Scene 2, no audio. Scene 3&4, had audio. Scene 5, no audio. Do not purchase unless you enjoy: closed captioning, lip reading, or returning DVDs to Amazon....more info
  • Irresistable Classic and a Tear-Jerker
    Wonderful and a classic. Those are the words that best describe this star-studded film. Sally Fields, DOlly Parton, Olympia Dukakis, Julia Roberts and many more stars. This is a drama but also a comedy and a life-story. It's REAL. At least the story feels real as you watch it unfold. It's a favorite that is popular across the generations. I like it, and so does my mother and her mother! A great Spring movie....more info
  • Steel Magnolias
    This is definitely one of the finest movies made. It had a little of everything, fun, love and sadness. A must see for any woman....more info
  • Steel Magnolias
    B+ movie.Rated PG for some language,mature thamatic material involving life and death,and nudity.Canada:PG.Good for ages 9 and up....more info