Steel Magnolias

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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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Movie Info

M'Lynn (Sally Field) is the mother of bride-to-be Shelby Eatenton (Julia Roberts), and as friend Truvy Jones (Dolly Parton) fixes the women's hair for the ceremony, they welcome a helping hand from aspiring beautician Annelle Dupuy Desoto (Daryl Hannah). Diabetic Shelby has a health scare, which is averted but doesn't bode well for her hopes of having children. Time passes, and the women and their friends encounter tragedy and good fortune, growing stronger and closer in the process.

Cast & Crew

Sally Field
M'Lynn Eatenton
Dolly Parton
Truvy Jones
Shirley MacLaine
Ouiser Boudreaux
Daryl Hannah
Annelle Dupuy Desoto
Olympia Dukakis
Clairee Belcher
Julia Roberts
Shelby Eatenton Latcherie
Tom Skerritt
Drum Eatenton
Sam Shepard
Spud Jones
Dylan McDermott
Jackson Latcherie
Robert Harling
Writer (Play)
Robert Harling
Screenwriter
Ray Stark
Producer
Andrew Stone
Associate Producer
Victoria White
Executive Producer
Georges Delerue
Original Music
John A. Alonzo
Director of Photography
Paul Hirsch
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Critic Reviews for Steel Magnolias

All Critics (31) | Top Critics (5) | Fresh (21) | Rotten (10)

  • 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.

    March 26, 2009 | Full Review…

    Variety Staff

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

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

    Suzi Feay

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

    May 20, 2003 | 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.

    January 1, 2000 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Watching Herbert Ross's "Steel Magnolias," you feel as if you have been airlifted onto some horrible planet of female impersonators.

    January 1, 2000 | Full Review…
  • Let's be frank. You don't go to a movie like this unless you're looking for quick laughs and cheap tears, or the next camp classic. (This isn't It.)

    May 20, 2020 | 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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