• Steel Magnolias (1989)

Steel Magnolias

Release Date: 1989

DVD Release Date: July 25th, 2000

PG |1 hr 58 min

Plot Summary

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: Sally Field, Dolly Parton, Shirley MacLaine, Daryl Hannah, Olympia Dukakis, Julia Roberts, Tom Skerritt, Sam Shepard

Director: Herbert Ross

Genres: Comedy drama

Production Co: Rastar Films

Keywords: Friend, Heartwarming, Love, 1980s, Hospital, Transformation, Mother

Ratings & Reviews

  • 75
    Peter TraversRolling Stone

    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. show more

  • 75
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    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. show more

  • 75
    Eric HendersonSlant Magazine

    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. show more

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Winner Best Performance By an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Nominated Actress in a Supporting Role
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1991)
Nominated Best Performance By an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama
Nominated Actress in a Supporting Role