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Steel Magnolias

Steel Magnolias

Sally Field
Director: Herbert Ross Cast: Sally Field
Sally Field
, Dolly Parton
Dolly Parton
, Shirley MacLaine
Shirley MacLaine
Herbert Ross
Steel Magnolias

Steel Magnolias

Sally Field
Director: Herbert Ross Cast: Sally Field
Sally Field
, Dolly Parton
Dolly Parton
, Shirley MacLaine
Shirley MacLaine
Herbert Ross


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The title refers to those seemingly frail Southern belles who survive any and all deprivations through whims of iron. Robert Harling's original stage play was set exclusively in a Louisiana beauty parlor where an all-female cast of characters laughed, cried and compared menfolk. The film expands the playing field by including scenes at picnics, hospitals and the like, and by visually depicting the males who never appeared in the stage version. Dolly Parton plays the goodnatured beauty-shop owner, while Shirley MacLaine is the cantankerous town eccentric, decked out in grungy overalls and speaking fluent Trash. Well-to-do Sally Field bravely endures several assaults to her sensibilities, not the least of which is the illness (and subsequent death) of daughter Julia Roberts. The performances are first-rate, with the possible exception of Daryl Hannah's overemphatic portrayal of a gawky hairdresser. The film stumbles a bit in its depiction of the male characters as fools and deadheads, and in the final overlong hospital scenes involving the comatose Roberts, which play like a road company version of Terms of Endearment. Otherwise, Steel Magnolias is a prime example of ensemble filmmaking, lovingly coordinated by director Herbert Ross. (Sidebar: Herbert Ross was reportedly rather rough on Julia Roberts, deriding her lack of experience. The rest of the female cast rallied around Roberts and told the director to lay off or pay the price).

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Product Details

Release Date: 05/28/2019
UPC: 0043396557581
Original Release: 1989
Rating: PG
Source: Sony Mod
Region Code: ABC
Time: 1:58:00
Sales rank: 1,988

Special Features

Director's commentary; In Full Bloom: remembering Steel Magnolias featurette; Deleted scenes; Theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Sally Field M'Lynn Eatenton
Dolly Parton Truvy Jones
Shirley MacLaine Ouiser Boudreaux
Daryl Hannah Annelle Dupuy Desoto
Olympia Dukakis Clairee Belcher
Julia Roberts Shelby Eatenton Latcherie
Tom Skerritt Drum Eatenton
Sam Shepard Spud Jones
Dylan McDermott Jackson Latcherie
Kevin J. O'Connor Sammy Desoto
Bill McCutcheon Owen Jenkins
Teresa Beaudoin Receptionist
Oscar J. Bienvenu Doctor
Carole Cook Actor
Gale J. Odom Church Singer
Aja Sansone Monique
Betsy Widhalm Church Organist
James Shapkoff Delivery Man
Ann Wedgeworth Aunt Fern
Jonathan Ward Jonathan Eatenton
Bibi Besch Belle Marmillion
Janine Turner Nancy Beth Marmillion
James Wlcek Marshall Marmillion
Ronald Young Drew Marmillion
Nancy Parsons Janice Van Meter
Robert Ginnaven Mayor Van Meter
Tom Hodges Louie Jones
Rick Hurst Bark Boone
Robert Harling Minister
C. Houser Jack Jr. (1 year old)
Daniel Camp Jack Jr. (3 years old)
Norman Fletcher Mr. Latcherie, Sr.
Lori Tate Mrs. Latcherie, Sr.
Robert Adams Dr. Judd
Rodney Alan Fulton Bobby Ray Ross
Spencer Henderson Dancing Couple
Sandra Asbury-Johnson Dancing Couple
Gladys Mallard Nurse
Betty J. Dove Nurse
Travis Harrison Delivery Boy
Walker May Newspaper Boy
Robert R. Morgan Cook
Roger D. McCann Cook's Helper
Debbie McCann Cook's Helper
Knowl Johnson Tommy Eatenton
Carol Sutton Nurse Pam
Trent Dawson Church Singer

Technical Credits
Herbert Ross Director
John A. Alonzo Cinematographer
Hub Braden Art Director
Gene Callahan Production Designer
Hallie D'Amore Makeup
Georges Delerue Score Composer
Robert Harling Screenwriter
Kevin Harris Special Effects
Spencer Henderson Choreography
Paul Hirsch Editor
Garry Lewis Set Decoration/Design
Leigh Mitchell Makeup
Michael Okowita Art Director
Edward Pisoni Production Designer
Lee Poll Set Decoration/Design
Christina Smith Makeup
Ray Stark Producer
Andrew Stone Associate Producer
Julie Weiss Costumes/Costume Designer
Victoria White Executive Producer
Victoria White Executive Producer
Steven Wolff Set Decoration/Design

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