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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


Drama, Comedy

Jul 25, 2000

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

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All Critics (28) | Top Critics (7) | Fresh (14) | Rotten (7) | DVD (8)

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

December 4, 2013 Full Review Source:

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

October 25, 2012 Full Review Source: Film Freak Central
Film Freak Central

Three-hanky special, but with lots of laughs, too.

January 1, 2011 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

For all its violations of good taste and critical criteria, I laugh and cry every time, and I'll never let it go. So sue me.

November 2, 2004
Nick's Flick Picks

Good character study ruined by cliche-driven plot

October 2, 2002
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Each of the women talk like they're reading a bumper sticker.

September 27, 2002
Lawrence Journal-World

What the film has to offer is superficial, though enjoyable entertainment.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

Audience Reviews for Steel Magnolias

Moving film. This is Olympia Dukakis' best role. I love it more than my luggage!
June 8, 2013

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."
October 5, 2012

Super Reviewer

"Oh, I wish I was in Dixie!" for the middle class suburban wife set. Obvious to a fault, its implied "girls are in this all together" message subverted by the constant backbiting gossip sessions in the beauty parlor where they make themselves "pretty", a girl power flag raiser pretender.
July 18, 2011

Super Reviewer

Heartwarming! A must see!
June 23, 2011
Bethany Murphy

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    1. Shelby Eatenton Latcherie: Was she prayin'?
    2. Truvy Jones: Yes.
    3. Shelby Eatenton Latcherie: Why.
    4. Truvy Jones: Because she got me, maybe she was prayin' for Marshall and Drew and Belle. My, she was prayin' for is because we were gossipin'. Maybe she was prayin' because the elastic shot in her pantyhose. Who knows that she prays at the drop of a hat these days.
    – Submitted by Alyssa B (3 months ago)
    1. Truvy Jones: What are your colors, Shelby?
    2. Shelby Eatenton Latcherie: My colors are "blush" and "bashful"
    3. M'Lynn Eatenton: Her colors are "pink" and pink"
    4. Shelby Eatenton Latcherie: My colors are "blush" and "bashful", Mama!
    5. M'Lynn Eatenton: How precious is this weddin' gonna get, I ask you?
    – Submitted by Alyssa B (3 months ago)
    1. Truvy Jones: Oh, sweetheart, don't. Please don't cry or I will too. I have a strict policy that nobody cries alone in my presence.
    – Submitted by Alyssa B (3 months ago)
    1. Ouiser Boudreaux: The only reason people are nice to me is because I have more money than God.
    – Submitted by Alyssa B (3 months ago)
    1. Truvy Jones: Oh, Sammy's so confused that he don't know whether to scratch his watch or wind his butt.
    – Submitted by Alyssa B (3 months ago)
    1. Clairee Belcher: They were both high. They'd been smokin' everything but their shoes.
    – Submitted by Alyssa B (3 months ago)
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