Steel Magnolias (1989) | Full Movie

Steel Magnolias (1989)
  • PG
  • 1h 58m
  • 1989
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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.

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

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.
Entertainment Weekly

June 21, 2017
Variety Staff

Field does some spectacular underplaying through the bulk of the action, revealing layer after lay...

June 21, 2017
Time Out
Suzi Feay

It makes a shameless bid for your heart, aiming to have you smiling one moment, sniffling the next...

June 21, 2017
New York Times
Vincent Canby

''Steel Magnolias'' is pop entertainment of an especially condescending, superficial sort.

June 17, 2017
Washington Post
Hal Hinson

Watching Herbert Ross's "Steel Magnolias," you feel as if you have been airlifted onto some horrib...

June 16, 2017
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Common Sense Media

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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, Chick Flick
  • Release Date:November 15, 1989
  • Highest Available for Purchase:HD

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