Steel Magnolias (1989)

Steel Magnolias (1989)
Steel Magnolias (1989)
  • PG
  • 1h 58m
  • 1989
Fresh70%
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Six divas of the silver screen - Sally Field, Dolly Parton, Shirley MacLaine, Daryl Hannah, Olympia Dukakis and Julia Roberts - come together as bosom buddies 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 (Julia Roberts), 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 (Sally Field) looks to her four closest friends for strength and laughter as she battles her deepest fear of death in order to join Shelby in celebrating the miracle of new life.
© 1989 TriStar Pictures, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

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Fresh70%
Critics Consensus: Steel Magnolias has jokes and characters to spare, which makes it more dangerous (and effective) when it goes for the full melodrama by the end.
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Common Sense Says
Three-hanky special, but with lots of laughs, too.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Steel Magnolias handles some mature material, including a mother watching her adult daughter die. Plus there are plenty of scatological epithets, and one woman curses a blue streak. The women also gossip relentlessly. Women may seem to rule the roost, but this is genteel Louisiana -- gender roles are firmly in place. Also, very few people of color appear. But this is ultimately an emotional, heartwarming story about friendship, family, and lifelong bonds.

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Drama, Comedy
  • Release Date:November 15, 1989
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English
  • Audio Format:
    5.1
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