Steel Magnolias (1989) - Rotten Tomatoes

Steel Magnolias (1989)




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Six women come together in this hilarious and heartwarming story of life, love and loss in a small Louisiana parish. At the center of the group is Shelby Eatenton, newly married and joyfully pregnant, despite the fact that her diabetes could make childbirth life-threatening. Terrified and angry at the possibility of losing her only daughter, M'Lynn Eatenton looks to her four closest friends for strength and laughter as she battlesher deepest fear of death in order to join Shelby in celebrating the miracle of new life.more
Rating: PG (adult situations/language)
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Robert Harling
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jul 25, 2000
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment


Sally Field
as M'Lynn Eatenton
Dolly Parton
as Truvy Jones
Shirley MacLaine
as Ouiser Boudreaux
Julia Roberts
as Shelby Eatenton
Olympia Dukakis
as Clairee Belcher
Daryl Hannah
as Annelle Dupuy Desoto
Tom Skerritt
as Drum Eatenton
Sam Shepard
as Spud Jones
Dylan McDermott
as Jackson Latcherie
Kevin J. O'Connor
as Sammy Desoto
Bill McCutcheon
as Owen Jenkins
Ann Wedgeworth
as Aunt Fern
Teresa Beaudoin
as Receptionist
Knowl Johnson
as Tommy Eatenton
Jonathan Ward
as Jonathan Eatenton
Bibi Besch
as Belle Marmillion
Janine Turner
as Nancy Beth Marmillio...
James Wlcek
as Marshall Marmillion
Ronald Young
as Drew Marmillion
Nancy Parsons
as Janice Van Meter
Bob Ginnaven
as Mayor Van Meter
Tom Hodges
as Louie Jones
Rick Hurst
as Bark Boone
C. Houser
as Jack Jr. (age 1)
Daniel Camp
as Jack Jr. (age 3)
Robert Ginnaven
as Mayor Van Meter
Norman Fletcher
as Mr. Latcherie Sr.
Lori Tate
as Mrs. Latcherie Sr.
Robert Adams
as Dr. Judd
Carol Sutton
as Nurse Pam
Aja Sansone
as Monique
Rodney Alan Fulton
as Bobby Ray Ross
Gale J. Odom
as Church Singer
Betsy Widhalm
as Church Organist
Teresa Beaudion
as Receptionist
Travis Harrison
as Delivery Boy
James Shapkoff III
as Delivery Man
Walker May
as Newspaper Boy
Spencer Henderson
as Dancing Man
Roger D. McCann
as Cook's Helper
Debbie McCann
as Cook's Helper
Trent Dawson
as Church Singer
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Critic Reviews for Steel Magnolias

All Critics (28) | Top Critics (7)

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
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Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

Steel Magnolias is so immersed by the conviction of its story that in a way it becomes an extension of our own human experience.

Full Review… | December 4, 2013

chooses to leave the rearing of her moppet to Dylan McDermott...or Dermot Mulroney. Doesn't matter.

Full Review… | October 25, 2012
Film Freak Central

Audience Reviews for Steel Magnolias

A bittersweet drama with a good cast and obviously made for women to see, and it deserves credit for making you laugh and cry at the same time even in the most melodramatic scenes, but the horrible last seven minutes should have been excised from it without a doubt.

Carlos Magalh„es

Super Reviewer


Moving film. This is Olympia Dukakis' best role. I love it more than my luggage!

Christian C

Super Reviewer

"The movie has an even balance of humor and tragedy. I think it's one of the best casts in a film. The ladies just play the roles so raw and honest you go on this roller coaster of emotions. The characters feel so real. Many women can relate to this film. The movie is about motherhood, friendship, family, loss, and love. This film will always be a huge favorite of mine. My niece is even named after one of the characters. I cry every single time I watch this movie.
Olympia Dukakis, Shirley MacLaine and Sally Field are my favorite ladies in the cast. It's a complete chick flick. If you enjoy a good story that might make you shed some tears, then see this one. If not for the story then for the great cast and acting."


Super Reviewer

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