Steel Magnolias [VHS]

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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
  • 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

    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

  • Funny, sad, and totally entertaining
    This is the story of five women who basically socialize at Truvy's Beauty shop. The actresses are Dolly Parton (Truvy) Sally Field (M'Linn -- if that's how you spell it) Olympia Dukakis (Clairee) Shirley MacLaine (Ouizer) and Daryl Hannah (Anelle)and of course, the one and only Julia Roberts as Shelby.

    Basically, the story revolves around Shelby who is an active person but who also has a serious case of diabetes. Shelby marries in the movie and wants very much to have a baby which, of course, would not be good for her health. Around this bittersweet main theme are a lot of other sub-themes, many of which are funny, some of them very touching, and all of them adding to the overall good quality of this movie.

    What I appreciated was the realism in the depiction of women's friendships. At a time when the sneakiness and manipulativeness of girls' (and sometimes women's) friendships is being discussed, cussed, and dissected, this movie shows what friendship between basically good hearted women is really like. To be sure, the gals get on each other's nerves and not all is sweetness and light, but for the most part they care a lot about each other's welfare, and at the toughest times, they band together and support each other big time.

    I would recommend this movie to anyone -- including men -- in fact, I have been pleasantly surprised to find out that a lot of men enjoy the movie.

    But yes -- you do need to have an ample supply of tissues handy! I cry every time I see certain parts of the movie, and I've lost track of how many times I've watched it....more info

  • Masterpeice
    I just love Steel Magnolias! It is a film that just touches me everytime I watch it. Watch it and decide for yourself but don't forget the tissues!...more info
  • dolly stole the show
    i like this movie alot except for julia roberts. i don't understand why they chose her to star in a movie called "pretty woman". they should have called it "ugly horseface". anyway, steel magnolia's made me laugh alot and then it's sad sometimes - kinda like drinking everyday! shirley mccaline was really good too but i don't think the role was much of a stretch. olympia dukakis scares me. sally field looks mean. and that girl from splash is always a hoot. but let's not forget dolly. remember the dollymo!...more info
  • Indomitable Charm

    There is a scene in Sleepless in Seattle when Sam (Tom Hanks), Suzy (Rita Wilson), and Greg (Victor Garber) are discussing what are frequently referred to as "chick flicks." Whatever the criteria for selection, there are many candidates for this category which usually include Steel Magnolias. After seeing it again recently, I decided that calling it a "chick flick" demeans what director Herbert Ross and his cast and crew achieved. This film really does have wide and deep appeal to both and men and women of all ages. Of greater significance, it seems even better each time it is seen again. The reverse is true of almost all other films which touch our hearts. As in Robert Harling's play on which it is based, all of the main characters are women: Clairee Belcher (Olympia Dukakis), M'Lynn Eatenton (Sally Field), Truvy Jones (Dolly Parton), Annelle Depuy Desoto (Daryl Hannah), Ouiser Boudreaux (Shirley MacLaine), and Shelby Eatenton Latcherie (Julia Roberts). MacLaine and Roberts were later nominated for an Academy Award as best actress in a supporting role; a split vote probably cost both an Oscar. My own opinion is that Field, Dukakis, and Hannah were equally deserving of that nomination. In terms of plot, not a great deal happens. The film's energy is established and then sustained by the interactions between and among the five older women. Keep in mind that this was originally a play whose plot focused almost entirely on the shared experiences of those women. Some of the scenes are hilarious, with MacLaine and Dukakis primarily responsible. However, the film also includes one extended situation which has a genuinely sad conclusion. (It would be a disservice to those who have not as yet seen the film to say any more about that.) I think the acting is first-rate throughout. Most of this film is highly entertaining but whenever necessary and appropriate, Ross examines serious issues with great skill. Two points need to be reiterated: Steel Magnolias can and will appeal to men as well as to women, and, it is more enjoyable each time it is seen again. Those who share my high regard for it are urged to check out Fried Green Tomatoes (1991)....more info
  • Just Wonderful
    This is truly a wonderful movie. I loved the everything about this movie. We should all have friends like these women. Weezer is my favorite....more info
  • Not just a chick-flick!
    Well, I must admit when I was forced to sit down and watch this movie with my wife I was suffering some trepidation. After all this was a chick-flick and I doubted I would be able to stay awake, or keep my lunch down for all the treacle. I was so very wrong! This movie has a great cast with delightful characters. Their love for one another is self-evident and that love will warm the proverbial cockles of the viewer's heart. Yes! There are moments of great sadness but they are carried off well, and avoid the saccharine sweetness of so many of this genre.

    In conclusion I highly recommend this movie. It just darn well makes you feel good.......guy or gal!...more info

    Some pretty big talent (Sally Field, Dolly Parton, Julia Roberts, Darryl Hannah, Shirley MaClaine) and a good story lead me to recommend this film. Shelby (Julia Roberts)is a head-strong diabetic who, against doctor's orders, decides to get pregnant and have a child. Based on a true story, "Steel Magnolias" concerns itself with the group of strong Southern women who become Shelby's insulated comfort zone during her time of need. Some of the aspects of the film, including dialogue references, costume design and overall set design, has pegged the movie as a product of the 80's. That isn't to say that it's not a good film. But it just doesn't hold up quite as well as say, "Fried Green Tomatoes".
    Columbia has given us a rather worn looking print of this movie. Colors are slightly faded or off balance and there is some smearing of background details that comes from the overuse of noise reduction equipment in the DVD mastering process. No pixelization, some slight edge enhancement and a bit of fine detail shimmering also present. The sound is amply presented but exhibits an equally dated characteristic. The documentary that accompanies this feature is rather disappointing. Although we learn why the film was written, there are virtually NO INTERVIEWS with principle cast members and very little in the way of background on how the film was made. Also incl. theatrical trailer. BOTTOM LINE: Still a good reason to stay home on a rainy night. Just remember to bring Kleenex....more info
  • Classic Movie
    This movie stars Sally Field, Dolly Parton, Shirley MacLaine, Julia Roberts, Daryl Hannah, Olympia Dukakis, Tom Skerritt, and Dylan McDermott. An all star cast. Yes the movie mirrors 1983's TERMS OF ENDEARMENT quite a bit, but this movie works with the star studded cast who all turn in worthy performances of Oscar's. It's such a special movie about love and friendship between these women, and the ties that bind them together. Roberts' character suffers from diabetes and has a child against her doctors orders. Her character needs a kidney transplant and her on screen mom played by Sally Field, gives her kidney. However the kidney is rejected and ultimately Roberts' character dies. Truly tugs at the heartstrings and Field gives a demanding performance with her outburst at the end after the funeral. Parton, Hannah, MacLaine and Dukakis turn in comical performances that make you smile and warms your heart. Overall truly a beautiful movie that I do consider a classic....more info
  • I Just Totally Love This Movie.
    Ok YES I admit I am a hopeless romantic. This movie is another that just touches and uplift's the human heart and spirit at its very core. The ladies in this movie are all strong opinionated souls. There is nothing on earth more beautiful and femine than a self assured strong willed woman who lives life boldly with passionate joy that is so in touch with itself she demands\inspires all around her to live fully as she does.

    These ladies in their own unique ways teach about love, faith, hope and charity. The good ladies in this movie are so much fun too. Watching this movie is just a pure joy. As a black man I must say that the fact this movie never really showed the beauty of today's educated fun modern southern black woman does take away from the DVD's overall impact. This movie suffers intensely from its culturally monotoned nature, an ugly hell from which nothing can rescue it.


    I'd brought Steel Magnolia's because I loved the joy in the movie. Hey that locker room scene alone is worth the price of the DVD if seeing "Great BIG Nekid Football MEN'Z" is your passion....more info

  • Laughter and Tears
    A wonderful movie i have watched over and over through the years. I didn't care for it much when i saw it in the theater. But i gave it another chance a couple ofyears later and have loved it ever since! Worth a couple of viewings then decide for yourself! I went where they filmed this movie in Louisiana and it portrays southern life very well in both Lousisana and Texas and all the other southern states....more info
  • The best women's movie
    Steel Magnolias is the best "strong" women film. I enjoyed viewing this with my mother, and my sister. What a treat to be enjoyed time after time....more info
  • poor !!!!!!!!!!!
    never recived my DVD but did recieve reund was dissapointed wanted the movie real bad...more info
    This is my favorite movie that has Dolly and Julia. I love Julia and Dolly both - but to have them together in one is even better! I also love Sally Field - second best actress. I am speechless. ALl I have to say is this is the most wonderful review ever.
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  • Girl's Club in Louisiana
    At the moment I can think of no other film featuring four academy award winning actresses, and Darryl Hannah and Dolly Parton hold up well in this ensemble featuring Oscar-winners Julia Roberts, Sally Field, Olympia Dukakis and Shirley Maclaine.

    Steel Magnolias is an artifice - a fictional Southern Universe where all the women are strong and funny and compassionate and lovable despite their flaws. It's the kind of fictional universe where the characters are named M'Lynn, Truvy, Ouiser (pronounced "Wheezer"), Annelle, Clairee and Shelby. In my extensive travels in the south I have met one Shelby, and no real people with these other names. I also have not met a Drum, Spud or Jackson. But the writing, which is funny from the opening wedding to the final funeral, is crisp and delivered with relish by the above-mentioned crew.

    Now, part of the artifice in the film is that men are little more than accessories to the lives of our starring six women. The script, by Robert Harling from his script, gives us only a spattering of men who are all a good bit dumber, less caring, less compassionate and more boring than the women. Tom Skerrit, Sam Shepard and Dylan McDermot play the husbands of Field, Parton and Roberts respectively, but the screenplay makes them all disposable.

    At the center of the story are Sally Field's M'Lynn, who is mother to Julia Roberts' Shelby, who is marrying Jackson. Everyone gets their hair done at Truvy's (played by Dolly), but the chief currency at the beauty parlor is gossip, traded with most enthusiasm by widowed Clairee (played by Dukakis) and with most bark and a little bite by Ouiser (Maclaine). As the film opens Darryl Hannah's Annelle has blown into town not sure if she's married or not (good fodder for the gossipers) and ready to put her fledgeling beauty technician skills to work at Truvy's, just before Shelby's wedding.

    The spark in the film comes from the interactions of these female characters who have known each other in this small town all their lives. They know about Shelby's diabetes and about Ouiser's wang-dang and flapdoodle, and interest is generated seeing these characters knowingly dance around one another.

    There are no crimes - of the heart or otherwise. No murders. No secret affairs. The Lord's name is taken in vain a few times, but Annelle lets `em know she don't appreciate it.

    This world is fictional, but so are Never-Never Land, Middle Earth and most other worlds we visit in film, so as a native southerner I'm able to reconcile things like accents: Dolly is pretty stuck playing women with an East Tennessee twang, and to be honest I found Julia's accent no better than Olympia's. You'd think for two Oscar-winning actresses that the one from Georgia would have a better Louisiana drawl than the one from Massachusetts, but there ya' go.

    The Mrs. Tells me I too often am critical of films that stretch my suspension of disbelief. This one stretched me, but only a little, and I liked the movie overall. The Mrs. Loves it.
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  • G.R.Donham
    Very good product in VHS. However buyers beware of this title in DVD. I purchased 2 from different sellers and the sound was missing on both. ...more info
  • Classic movie to share with your gal pals
    I always loved this movie, and I was able to share this movie with my teen daughter.... she loved it just as much as I did. The characters and acting are priceless and I really couldnt be happier that I found it!...more info
  • Women's love and strenght!
    After many years, I watched this film again a couple of days ago. It continues to be a touching and great women's story. Whenever it came to my mind, I remembered Sally Field's performance as Shelby's mother, M'Lynn, always giving love and support to her daughter even against her will and mother's feelings. All actresses were great, but my favourite charater will be always Sally Field's. ...more info
    This could be the "chick flick" to end all chick flicks, but the wonderful cast of ladies raises this other wise superficial and brisk moving story to a higher level. The film follows the lives of six women for about a four year period. We don't really see as many layers as the film makers would like us to believe, it is essentially a bunch of hens flapping their wings and doing "girl things". This isn't necessarily a bad thing, because these girls are captivating and they can act even if a lot of this seems a bit stagey! There are also several powerful scenes in this film.

    The men in this movie are mere pawns and are there only to move the film along to it's predicable and manipulative ending. 'Your gonna cry so help me!', but between all the gossip and the drama, it's got some great performances and that is the reason for my 4 star rating. Take it easy on my ladies, it's a good movie, but it's not great....more info
  • always a favorite
    This is one of the best movies I've ever seen. The flavor of the South is so enjoyable (one of my favorite scenes is the dancing at Shelby's wedding), and the cast is superb. Thought I'd better get the dvd before my tape wears out from being played over and over....more info
  • Charming and delightful
    I love the scene's from the south and I just think that the accent that Dolly has is so cute. This movie is a good example of true friendship. The "girls" have fun together, laugh and cry together. It's hard to find a friend that will stick with you when you are ugly and this movie just is such a great example of that. ...more info
  • Spirit of Southern Friendship
    Besides "Gone With the Wind", this movie is my favorite of all-time. What a cast! Dolly Parton, Sally Field, and Julia Roberts are outstanding in their acting abilities. Dolly Parton brings so much warmth to her role, I truly felt like she was my Southern mother. I loved seeing the Southern culture and all of its traditions (the armadillo groom's cake was hilarious) depicted in such splendor. I also liked the emphasis on friendship and how very important friendship is to surviving with the harshest trials of life. The importance of friendship is essentially the underlying theme of the movie. Just as "Gone With the Wind" shows how Scarlett O'Hara could survive any obstacle that comes her way, this movie shows how to handle the hardest life situation...death. Although the mood of the movie becomes somber, the ending really gives the viewer a real "feel good" feeling. I highly recommend this movie to those who love being immersed in the Southern culture and for those who simply want to watch an excellent movie....more info
  • Classic
    One of the most heart-wrenching movies that shoes the true power of love and friendship. "Shelby, open your eyes!"...more info
  • Fun flick....but what was the POINT of this movie???
    I enjoyed the banter between the gals just as much as the other reviewers here. This the four stars.

    BUT...stop and think: In my gut I believe the director was trying to portray Julia Robert's character as sympathetic/tragic.

    The real tragedy was the fallout as a result of a selfish decision to go againt common sense and medical advice and have a baby.

    So, at the end of the film, despite all the pretty flowers and softly filmed sunshine in the park we've got the following: a young man who is now a widower, a family devistated by their unnecessary loss (despite BEGGING her not to get pregnant), and a child who has no mommy.

    Remember, this was all the result of her choices. Chillingly, this is a real life story.

    Now THAT brings a tear to my eye!

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  • A Wonderful Movie
    If you have not seen "Steel Magnolia" at least once, this is a movie to add to your list. Not only jamm packed w/ wonderful stars, but has a wonderful story line. I did not know till years later, that this story, was the story of the Directors Sister. What a wonderful tribute. Watch out for the ending. It is a garanteed tear jerker. Curl up on the couch w/ this one and enjoy!!...more info
  • Steel Magnolias....awsome!!!
    Love this movie! A "chick flick" is you need to label it...but awsome movie!!...more info
  • Just a great movie.
    Widely regarded as a "chick flick" I love this move- and I'm a "real" "regular" guy, married, and drinks his fair share of beer with the guys. I think that there are more memorable lines in this film than any others that come to mind. (How could you not like "I love you more than my luggage?") Great characters and great dialog. A genuine keeper....more info
  • Great movie.
    Bought this as a gift for my mother. A geat timeless movie. Arrived quickly....more info
  • The anthem for female bonding...
    If female bonding had an anthem, it would be played to the tune of Steel Magnolias. I don't care if you have a heart made of steel, I defy you not to cry when you watch this film. It's the story of different generations of Southern women in Louisiana. Julia Roberts plays Shelby, arguably the main character, who is getting married when the film starts. Her mother, Melynn, only wants the best for her daughter and since Shelby has diabetes wants to ensure that her daughter doesn't lose her life for a family. This is truly a movie for women and it has something for everyone. When you're in the mood for a little female bonding, put in Steel Magnolias. But make sure you have some tissue handy....more info
  • Love this Movie
    I absolutely love this movie. It has everything a movie should have...memorable characters, comedy, drama, romance, etc. It brings out almost every emotion. I highly recommend this movie to anyone. Be prepared to cry at the end though, Sally Field gave an excellent performance. ...more info
  • "I want a child of my own..."
    Steel Magnolias starring Sally Field, Julia Roberts, Dolly Parton, Shirley MacLaine, Olympia Dukais, and Daryl Hannah is such a moving and beautiful film to say the least. Every one of these ladies reach absolute perfection in their perspective roles. I would get a box of tissues because this film is a real tearjerker, Julia Roberts captivates your heart as Shelby, a young wife with diabetes who wants to have a child. Her mother is afraid that her fragile body won't be able to take such a huge responsilbilty. If you want a great Southern Belle film then Steel Magnolias is the one to watch. I HIGHLY recommend it! ...more info
  • Steel Magnolias
    Tear Jerker! Sally Field never fails to deliver a phenomenal performance! The cast of actors worked well together. The movie left you wanting more. ...more info
  • All time Favorite
    Never fails... as many times that I have watched this movie, I always cry at some point. The friendship these ladies share and the southern ambiance is great!...more info
  • Ooky Terri DelCampo loves Steel Magnolias Special Edition
    Steel Magnolias is one of my very favorite movies. I am replacing my VHS tapes with DVDs and it was one of the first ones I replaced. I love the special edition DVD because it told the story of the writer's sister who died young. It gives the movie even more special meaning knowing that it's based on a real life situation rather than one that's completely fictitious. Five Stars! ...more info
  • An Outstanding Movie!
    This is one of my favorite all-time movies. It's set in Lousiana. Julia Roberts, Sally Field, Olivia Dukakis, Shirley Maclaine, Dolly Parton, and Darryl Hannah are the main stars of the movie. It starts out as a group of women in a beauty salon getting ready for Julia Roberts' character's wedding. We meet Darryl Hannah's character in the beginning as she comes by looking for work and a place to stay. The story goes over a period of time from Shelby's wedding to the birth of her son and her kidney transplant and her death. At the end of the movie, it shows Darryl Hannah's character heading off to the hospital to have her baby. During the movie, Darry's character went to beauty school, fell in love, got married, and became pregnant. Too bad that a sequel was not made. ...more info
  • Endeering from beginning to end... don't miss it!
    Steel Magnolias is a movie about family, love, and relationships. The plot revolves around a beauty parlor where the main characters go to become beautiful. The character of the beauty parlor owner is played by Dolly Parton.

    At Truvy's Beauty Parlor in Louisiana we learn all about these close group of friends and soon learn the secrets these women carry in their hearts.

    M'Lynn, played by Sally Fields is married to Drum Eatenton, a playful man who at the start of the film is busy shooting birds that are perched on a tree on his property. This drives us all crazy, especially those of us that firmly believe on the protection of the environment... but they have a very special reason as a motive.

    Daughter of Drum and M'Lynn Eatenton, Shelby, superbly played by Julia Roberts is getting married and we soon see these women go to visit the beauty parlor in preparation for the big day. Annelle Dupuy Desoto, played by Daryl Hannah, has just joined the staff as a hair dresser, "a glamour technician," and soon the women are hard at finding all about "her past" because even though she is "the sweetest thing" just live through puberty and you must have a past.

    Ouiser Boudreaux, a bitter, ill tempered and outspoken lady, played deserving of an award by Shirley MacLaine joins the women and she puts Annelle through a rather fun and entertainment interview.

    Clairee, a recently widowed woman, played by Olympia Dukakis is the only person that truly understand Ouiser... and the give and take of these women is so endearing and captivating, that we soon find ourselves enchanted by this movie.

    As the movie develops we find ourselves involved in the pain and heartache of the challenges these women face. We cried, we laughed, and we walked away wishing that our town would have the close relationships these families share. Indeed a movie worthy of becoming part of any collection. Don't miss it...

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  • 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
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  • 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