Steel Magnolias

Released 1989


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Herbert Ross

Steel Magnolias is a 1989 drama directed by Herbert Ross. The film is set in a small parish in present day Louisiana. In the film, a group of women regularly meet at Truvy's Beauty Parlor to bond and support each other. The ladies include, M'Lynn Eatenton (Sally Fields), her daughter, Shelby Eatenton Latcherie (Julia Roberts), Truvy Jones (Dolly Parton), owner of the salon, Ousier Boudreaux (Shirley MacLaine), Claire Belcher (Olympia Dukkais) and Annelle Dupuy (Daryl Hannah). The women's most recent conversation topic is Shelby's recent marriage and pregnancy. Shelby has diabetes and her mother fears her pregnancy will cause great harm to her unborn child or herself. The film follows Shelby throughout her pregnancy and the women support Shelby and her mother through the difficult experience. The film shares the joys and sadness that coincide with a difficult pregnancy. The women prove that through ups and downs the one thing that stays the same is their commitment to their friendship.


Metacritic Score

  • 75

    Rolling Stone Peter Travers

    No use fighting it. this laugh-getting, tear-jerking, part-affecting, part-appalling display of audience manipulation is practically critic-proof...The result can best be described...

  • 75

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    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 ...

  • 75

    Slant Magazine Eric Henderson

    MacLaine grabbing Dukakis by the bangs, shoving her head back with a sneering "Have your roots done," radiates more feminine fellowship than a dozen sisterhoods of the travelling p...

Tom Skerritt

Tom Skerritt

Drum Eatenton

Daryl Hannah

Daryl Hannah

Annelle Dupuy Desoto

Julia Roberts

Julia Roberts

Shelby Eatenton Latcherie

Sally Field

Sally Field

M'Lynn Eatenton

Shirley MacLaine

Shirley MacLaine

Ouiser Boudreaux

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Comedy, Drama


Family Dramas, 80s