Steel Magnolias

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(out of 5)


This beautifully heartfelt adaptation of Robert Harling’s play is full of memorable moments, some hilarious and some heartbreaking. An ensemble piece, it centres around the volatile relationship between an overprotective mother () and her precariously ill daughter (), both of whose actions seem to be a constant attempt to cross swords with each other. Surrounding them are an elegant society matron (), a feisty widow (), a shy newcomer () and the owner of the beauty parlor where they all meet (). Perfectly cast, the film comes well to life when all these great talents are assembled in one room: Dukakis is beautifully classy, MacLaine hysterical and Parton brings that wonderful southern-fried charm that seems to come so naturally to her very charismatic performances. Audiences have long passed it off as another ‘chick flick’, but it’s actually done with great strength and intelligence and avoids being manipulative. Roberts made this film one year before her Pretty Woman stardom.


TriStar Pictures, Rastar Films

USA, 1989

Directed by

Screenplay by , based on his play

Cinematography by

Produced by

Music by

Production Design by ,

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

Academy Awards 1989

Golden Globe Awards 1989

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