Steel Magnolias

1989

Steel Magnolias

Critics Consensus

Steel Magnolias has jokes and characters to spare, which makes it more dangerous (and effective) when it goes for the full melodrama by the end.

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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.

Cast

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
Knowl Johnson
as Tommy Eatenton
Jonathan Ward
as Jonathan Eatenton
Bibi Besch
as Belle Marmillion
Janine Turner
as Nancy Beth Marmillion
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)
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
Sandra Asbury-Johnson
as Dancing Woman
Roger D. McCann
as Cook's Helper
Debbie McCann
as Cook's Helper
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Critic Reviews for Steel Magnolias

All Critics (30) | Top Critics (5) | Fresh (21) | Rotten (9)

  • Field does some spectacular underplaying through the bulk of the action, revealing layer after layer of the feelings of this kindly tempered, deeply worried mother.

    Mar 26, 2009 | Full Review…

    Variety Staff

    Variety
    Top Critic
  • It makes a shameless bid for your heart, aiming to have you smiling one moment, sniffling the next.

    Jun 24, 2006 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Suzi Feay

    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • ''Steel Magnolias'' is pop entertainment of an especially condescending, superficial sort.

    May 20, 2003
  • Watching Herbert Ross's "Steel Magnolias," you feel as if you have been airlifted onto some horrible planet of female impersonators.

    Jan 1, 2000 | Full Review…
  • "Steel Magnolias" is essentially a series of comic one-liners leading up to a teary tragedy, but let it be said that the one-liners are mostly funny and the tragedy deserves most, but not all, of the tears.

    Jan 1, 2000 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • In the Robert Harling play from which is it adapted, the events take place entirely in the town's beauty parlour, and director Herbert Russ has opened the action out quite successfully.

    Apr 9, 2019 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Steel Magnolias

  • Sep 05, 2014
    This bittersweet drama has a very nice cast and deserves credit for making us laugh and cry at the same time even in its most melodramatic scenes, but the film's last seven minutes are simply awful and should have been excised from it without any mercy.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer
  • May 14, 2013
    Moving film. This is Olympia Dukakis' best role. I love it more than my luggage!
    Christian C Super Reviewer
  • Jun 23, 2011
    Heartwarming! A must see!
    Bethany M Super Reviewer
  • Nov 17, 2010
    As delightful as the female ensemble is, this movie uses a dramatic trick that cheapens it somewhat at the end. However, there are enough comic one-liners to make up for this. Olympia Dukakis and Shirley MacLaine are superb, and Dolly Parton is a natural. This is definitely a chick flick. It will make you cry, but it's not Terms of Endearment.
    Juli R Super Reviewer

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