Steel Magnolias

Steel Magnolias

Herbert Ross (1989)

113min
PG Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Expanded from his own play by Robert Harling, this comedy drama provided juicy roles for some of Hollywood's leading ladies at a time when muscle-bound action heroes held sway at the box office. Sally Field, Daryl Hannah, Olympia Dukakis and Julia Roberts interact so beautifully as they discuss men, the menopause, manicures and marriage in Dolly Parton's kitsch small-town beauty salon that it was something of a surprise that only Roberts scooped an Oscar nomination. But it's Shirley MacLaine as the town's outsider (complete with her headstrong mutt) who steals the show with a wonderful display of crankiness and compassion, and just a little flirtatiousness thrown in for good measure. Director Herbert Ross times every gag and tear to perfection, but he fails to find enough for the guys to do, which is a shame as Tom Skerritt, Sam Shepard and Dylan McDermott are all good enough actors to give strong performances without having to hold centre stage. This is a little too dependent on sassy one-liners and is awash with sentiment by the end, but is still wonderful entertainment.

Summary

The close friendship of six women from different generations, living in a backwoods town in America's Deep South, sustains them through life's joys and disappointments. Drama based on the play by Robert Harling, starring Sally Field, Julia Roberts, Dolly Parton, Shirley MacLaine, Olympia Dukakis, Daryl Hannah and Sam Shepard.

Cast & Crew

M'Lynn Eatenton Sally Field
Truvy Jones Dolly Parton
Ouiser Boudreaux Shirley MacLaine
Annelle Dupuy Desoto Daryl Hannah
Shelby Eatenton Latcherie Julia Roberts
Clairee Belcher Olympia Dukakis
Drum Eatenton Tom Skerritt
Jackson Latcherie Dylan McDermott
Sammy Desoto Kevin J O'Connor
Spud Jones Sam Shepard
Owen Jenkins Bill McCutcheon
Aunt Fern Ann Wedgeworth
Director Herbert Ross
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Other Information

Language: English Colour Guidance: Some swearing. Available on: Available on video and DVD

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