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Synopsis

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
  • Dolly Parton
  • Shirley MacLaine
  • Daryl Hannah
  • Olympia Dukakis
  • Julia Roberts
  • Tom Skerritt
  • Sam Shepard
  • Dylan McDermott
  • Kevin J. O'Connor

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Trivia

  • Shot in the small Louisiana town of Natchitoches. Reportedly, the filmmakers made so many demands of the locals, particularly those who volunteered to be extras, that when The Man in the Moon (1991) was shot in the same town, extras were very hard to find.
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Goofs

  • When M'Lynn's son puts a piece of ice down the back of her shirt, we can hear it fall to the floor. In the next shot, it's still down her shirt and she's asking Shelby for help to get it out.
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Quotes

    • Clairee: I've just been to the dedication of the new children's park.
    • Truvy: Yeah, how did that go?
    • Clairee: Janice Van Meter got hit with a baseball. It was fabulous.
    • Truvy: Was she hurt?
    • Clairee: I doubt it. She got hit in the head.
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Metacritic

75

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 as shamelessly entertaining.

Metacritic review by Peter Travers
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
75

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.

Metacritic review by Roger Ebert
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
75

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 pants. Not bad for a movie that alternates the tragedy of dying young and beautiful against the comedy of growing old and bitter.

Metacritic review by Eric Henderson
Eric Henderson
Slant Magazine