Steel Magnolias

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Packed with classic one-liners and touching scenes. Steel Magnolias is loaded with stunning performances by Sally Feild, Julia Roberts and so many more. You have to have this in your collection for those days when you're feeling sappy.

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You'll laugh, You'll cry

on 10/4/2001

Packed with classic one-liners and touching scenes. Steel Magnolias is loaded with stunning performances by Sally Feild, Julia Roberts and so many more. You have to have this in your collection for those days when you're feeling sappy. Read More

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Steal Magnolias

on 9/28/2012

Steal Magnolias has always been a favorite of mine. Julia Roberts is one of my favorite actors and she does a wonderful job in this movie. All of the women do an exceptional job in the movie. The story is insipirational and shows how women in the south are strong women and indepedent. They face sad or hard times and come together to get each other through it. Read More

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Product Overview

Julia roberts portrays a vibrant, young diabetic whose decision to have a baby may cost her life. Sally field stars as her mother, torn between love and anger. Shirley maclaine, dolly parton, daryl hannah and olympia dukakis are the four loyal friends who support them with buoyant humor and unfailing grace.


Studio Sony
SKU 40137479
UPC 043396702479
UPC 14 00043396702479
Format DVD
Release Date 3/20/2012
Rating Rating
Character Study
Essential Cinema
Family Interaction
Family Life
Family Relations
Tear Jerker
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note Full of life and brimming with laughter, this smash hit comedy is a warm and witty tribute to the power of friendship. In a quaint Louisiana town, the local beauty parlor serves as the gathering spot for a group of eccentric women to gossip and giggle and survive the hardships and splendors of life. The movie features sparkling performances all around, including from Sally Field, Julia Roberts, Dolly Parton, Shirley Maclaine, Daryl Hannah, and Olympia Dukakis.
Plot Summary
Summary In a quaint, well-kept Louisiana hamlet a local group of women congregate at Truvy's (Dolly Parton) Beauty Spot, where they gossip and giggle while preparing one another for life's little tragedies and terrific triumphs. Lately the talk of the town has been M'Lynn Eatenton's (Sally Field) daughter Shelby (Julia Roberts)--betrothed to handsome young lawyer Jackson Latcherie (Dylan McDermott)--and her upcoming wedding. Quirky newcomer Annelle (Darryl Hannah) is Truvy's latest assistant, whose peculiar past is enough to gain her acceptance into the cliquish coffee klatch. And then there's mean-spirited Ouiser Boudreaux (Shirley MacLaine), whose extreme wealth and bad temperament has alienated her from the community even though she is still much loved by her loyal friends at the beauty parlor, including wealthy society maven Clairee Belcher (Olympia Dukakis). Much to her mother's dismay, Shelby's planning to have children, which is a serious health concern because she's severely diabetic. Luckily these steel magnolias can lean on one another for support in good and bad times. STEEL MAGNOLIAS is a touching and hilarious tribute to the strength and loyalty of southern women, directed with a deft hand by Herb Ross.
USA Today "...STEEL MAGNOLIAS is marvelously cast..." 11/15/1989 p.4D
Los Angeles Times "...Parton has a sweet, lilting presence..." 11/15/1989 p.C1
Herbert Ross
Sally Field
Daryl Hannah
Dolly Parton
Tom Skerritt
Cast & Crew
Darryl Hannah - Actor
Dolly Parton - Actor
Dylan McDermott - Actor
Julia Roberts - Actor
Olympia Dukakis - Actor
Sally Field - Actor
Tom Skerritt - Actor
Robert Harling - Based on Play By
Herbert Ross - Director
Victoria White - Executive Producer
Georges Delerue - Musical Score
Ray Stark - Producer
Robert Harling - Screenplay
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1989
Catalog ID 70247
UPC 00043396702479
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 119 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles English, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish, Thai, Chinese
Available Audio Tracks English [CC], English, Portuguese Dubbed, Spanish Dubbed
Oscar (1990) Julia Roberts, Nominee, Best Supporting Actress
Golden Globe (1990) Julia Roberts, Winner, Best Performance By An Actress In A Supporting Role In A Motion Picture,Sally Field, Nominee, Best Performance By An Actress In A Motion Picture - Drama
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
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. The movie takes place in Louisiana during what is said to be the 1980s and involves a tightly knit group of women friends whose husbands (being absent, depressed or dead) leave them lots of time to gossip at the beauty parlor. Gossip is what they do best, and one of the characters even appropriates Alice Roosevelt Longworth's immortal line, "If you have something bad to say about somebody...sit down right here beside me!" ...The beauty shop is operated by Dolly Parton in still another reminder that she is one of the sunniest and most natural of actresses. Into her hands, at the beginning of the movie, comes a young bride-to-be (Julia Roberts), who almost faints when she sees herself in the mirror. It's not shock, it's diabetes, and a glass of orange juice brings her around. Parton has just hired a new girl (Daryl Hannah), who does her best with the mother of the bride (Sally Field). Dropping in to exchange insights are Shirley MacLaine, as the richest and meanest woman in town, and Olympia Dukakis, whose character has lost her husband but has a pot-bellied suitor on the horizon. These six women are the steel magnolias of the title, Southern belles who are dippy on the outside but strong enough inside to survive any challenge, of which in this film there are many. At first we are not aware of impending tragedy, however, because the movie sticks so successfully to its comic dialogue. I doubt if any six real women could be funny and sarcastic so consistently (every line is an epigram), but I love the way these women talk, especially when Parton observes: "What separates us from the animals is our ability to accessorize." ...this is a woman's picture. And the women in it cook and sew and mend and drive each other around town. They fight and make up and hug each other and cry. They get their hair done. And when tragedy strikes and there is a death in their little group, they have the strength to grieve and the character to smile through their tears... The movie was written by Robert Harling, based on his own play, and directed by Herbert Ross, who choreographs wonderfully entertaining performances from all of the women in his cast - especially MacLaine as the town nut case who lurches around in overalls, towed by a big, ugly dog. The principal pleasure of the movie is in the ensemble work of the actresses, as they trade one-liners and zingers and stick together and dish the dirt. Steel Magnolias is willing to sacrifice its over-all impact for individual moments of humor, and while that leaves us without much to take home, you've got to hand it to them: The moments work.
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 9
DVD, Pan and Scan (TV Format), Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 1.85:1, Dolby Digital (5.1), Dolby Surround Sound, English, Spanish, Korean, No Longer Produced
Product Attributes
Actor Field,Sally
Label Columbia/tri-Star
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times ...wonderfully entertaining performances...

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