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 … 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


as M'Lynn Eatenton

as Shelby Eatenton

as Truvy Jones

as Clairee Belcher

as Ouiser Boudreaux

as Annelle Dupuy Desoto

as Drum Eatenton

as Spud Jones

as Jackson Latcherie

as Sammy Desoto

as Owen Jenkins

as Aunt Fern

as Receptionist

as Tommy Eatenton

as Jonathan Eatenton

as Belle Marmillion

as Nancy Beth Marmillio...

as Marshall Marmillion

as Drew Marmillion

as Janice Van Meter

as Mayor Van Meter

as Louie Jones

as Bark Boone

as Jack Jr. (age 1)

as Jack Jr. (age 3)

as Mayor Van Meter

as Mr. Latcherie Sr.

as Mrs. Latcherie Sr.

as Dr. Judd

as Nurse Pam

as Monique

as Bobby Ray Ross

as Church Singer

as Church Organist

as Receptionist

as Delivery Boy

as Delivery Man

as Newspaper Boy

as Dancing Man

as Cook's Helper

as Cook's Helper

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
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Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
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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 Magalhes

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."


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