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Steel Magnolias [DVD] [1990]

Shirley MacLaine , Olympia Dukakis , Herbert Ross    Parental Guidance   DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Shirley MacLaine, Olympia Dukakis, Sally Field, Julia Roberts, Daryl Hannah
  • Directors: Herbert Ross
  • Writers: Robert Harling
  • Producers: Andrew Stone, Ray Stark, Victoria White
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English, French
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, German, French, Italian, Hindi, Portuguese, Turkish, Danish, Icelandic, Bulgarian, Swedish, Hungarian, Polish, Dutch, Arabic, Finnish, Czech, Greek
  • Dubbed: German, Italian, Spanish
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Universal Pictures Video
  • DVD Release Date: 29 Jan 2001
  • Run Time: 113 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005225G
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,252 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



Based on Robert Harling's play and directed by Herbert Ross, Steel Magnolias is a comedy-drama that follows several years in the lives of women who regularly see one another at a beauty shop in their small Louisiana hometown. The story deepens as Julia Roberts, playing a serious diabetic and the daughter of Sally Field, goes downhill healthwise. But as an ensemble piece, this is one of those enjoyably lumpy tearjerkers with many years' worth of stored truths suddenly being shared between the characters, lots of grievances aired, that sort of thing. Daryl Hannah and Shirley MacLaine assume the most eccentric roles, Dolly Parton the most fun and Olympia Dukakis the most dignified, while Sally Field essentially provides the moral and emotional centre of the movie. --Tom Keogh,

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Please note this is a region 2 DVD and will require a region 2 or region free DVD player in order to play.

A beautiful, bittersweet comedy set in deep south Louisiana, 'Steel Magnolias' unites talents of America's finest actresses as six very special friends bonded together by mutual triumphs and tragedies.

Despite their differences, beautiful Shelby (Julia Roberts), her strong-willed mother M'Lynn (Sally Field), beauty parlour owner Truvy (Dolly Parton), elegant wealthy widow Clairee (Olympia Dukakis), sharp tongued Ouiser (Shirley MacLaine) and mousey newcomer Anelle (Daryl Hannah) enjoy a friendship that spans the boundaries of age and status. Sharing each other's strength and loyalty, they face their greatest fears and highest hopes with dry wit and a self-deprecating style...

  • Actors Julia Roberts, Sally Field, Dolly Parton, Shirley MacLaine, Olympia Dukakis, Daryl Hannah, Tom Skerritt, Sam Shepard, Dylan McDermott & Kevin J. O'Connor
  • Director Herbert Ross
  • Certificate PG
  • Year 1989
  • Screen Widescreen 1.85:1
  • Languages English ; French ; German ; Italian ; Spanish - Dolby Digital Surround
  • Additional Languages
  • Subtitles Arabic ; Bulgarian ; Czech ; Danish ; Dutch ; English ; Finnish ; French ; German ; Greek ; Hebrew ; Hindi ; Hungarian ; Icelandic ; Italian ; Norwegian ; Polish ; Portuguese ; Spanish ; Turkish
  • Closed Captions Yes
  • Duration 1 hour 53 minutes (approx)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful film 9 Nov 2012
By ReviewBlog51 TOP 500 REVIEWER
I was interested in this movie after taking a look at the front cover of the DVD and seeing what a strong cast of female talent it had. 'Steel Magnolias' (1990) was a treat from start to finish, a comedy/drama centering around a group of very different women in a beautiful Louisiana bayou town, a simple story about love and friendship.

Julia Roberts is terrific as the lead character, Shelby, a young women who gets married and has a child, only for tragedy to strike due to her type of diabetes. The scene stealer is undeniably Shirley MacLaine as Louisa, a grumpy, acid tongued two-timed widow, the 'heart' of the film is Dolly Parton as hairdresser Truvvy, and special marks should go to the wonderful Sally Field who excels as the distraught mother towards the end if the film.

'Steel Magnolias' is a new favourite film of mine, it is beautifully-written, superbly acted out and just a brilliant piece of drama that should appeal to both men and women.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Steel Magnolias 27 Sep 2010
By Gem
Great classic movie, is extremely sad and funny at the same time. Girls night in film.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this film! 16 Jun 2003
Format:VHS Tape
I'm sure that any film reviewer would not put this in his list of the top 10 films of all time, but it is way up there in my personal list. It is just a great feel good film which over a period of several years depicts the lives of several women as the get on with life as best they can. Dolly Parton, Olympia Dukakis, Sally Field, Shirley McLaine, Daryl Hannah, and Julia Roberts star. All aspects of life are there, right from birth to death and theres some great comedy in there too tyhough the film is not a comedy. Dukakis and Mclaine's one liners and constant bickering is a joy from start to finish. The film is set in the 'deep south' of the US, which seems to give the comedy a bit more bite'... well okay then it gets down right bitchy at times but always tongue in cheek.
A great Sunday afternoon film. May make your eyes water and tug at your heart strings but well worth a look!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Steel Magnolias 12 Jan 2010
This is a very tear jerker film I would say for ladies only they would have to have plenty of hankies round about them but it is a very good film
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5.0 out of 5 stars " the funniest movie ever to make you cry " 16 July 2014
By Robster
Based on the play by Robert Harling, and based on his own life experiences ( the documentary on the DVD covers this more in depth ) and Directed by Herbert Ross, the film chronicles the lives of a group of women in a small Louisiana town over the course of a few years.
What starts of as a comedy, complete with razor sharp one liners, classic lines ( " looks like two pigs, fightin' under a blanket " ) and bursting with good old fashioned southern hospitality and sweetness the film suddenly changes direction when one of the characters, Shelby ( Roberts ) a serious diabetic, takes a turn for the worse.
You'd be hard pressed to find a cast that work so beautifully together, capturing humour, tenderness and emotion so perfectly.
The tag line of the film on it's release was " the funniest movie to make you cry " , and that sums it up perfectly.
Starring Sally Field, Dolly Parton, Julia Roberts, Daryl Hannah and a sublime comedy pairing in Shirley MacLaine and Olympia Dukakis ( who incidentally steal virtually every scene they are in together ) Steel Magnolias is on par, for me, with Bette Midler's Beaches as one of those films that can make you laugh and cry in equal measure.
Highly Recommended viewing for those quiet sunday afternoons.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great. 1 Dec 2012
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
What more can you ask for in a film? Funny,sad and true to reality.And what a gallery of great actors.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars hilarious & heartbreaking 12 Jun 2012
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a wonderful film - brilliant cast - heartbreakingly sad and hilariously funny in turn. marvellous cast - every one turns in an oscar winning performance every one should watch this film
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great acting, great story 13 Jun 2010
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Definitely a girl's film, but one that will touch a lot of men too. The huge cast of charismatic acting aristocracy, gives it a true heritage & acounts for the longevity it enjoys. It takes you through a roller coaster of emotions from the banter of the Southern ladies who have been friends for years, to the heartbreak of a family devastated by their daughter's defective kidneys and the knock on effect to friends & the community in the deep South of America. Absolutely not to be missed & I have watched it at least 20 times and it still warms & pleases just as much.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as I remembered.
Bought this as it was a favourite film of mine from many years ago. Not quite as good as I remembered. Seemed to take ages to get started. Read more
Published 10 days ago by Jenifer Foster
5.0 out of 5 stars Great film
Never tire of watching this film, great performances by all
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Published 1 month ago by charles sanderson
5.0 out of 5 stars tears & laughter
Brilliamt film good cast but a real tear jerker but also very comical nice sunday afternoon viewing. My daughter watched it & loved it.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely useless NTSC DVD
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Published 1 month ago by ed kocik
5.0 out of 5 stars film it was very good
i choose the rating because it was so good, fun film. i have not watched it all, not had the time.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Moving
This film is about six rather different women in the US South, who live in the same neighbourhood and regularly see each other at the beauty parlour, whose owner is very well... Read more
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2.0 out of 5 stars FOR ME, JUST SILLY
All the stars I like, small town US setting that I like, I just found the whole thing lightweight and silly.
Published 2 months ago by Mrs. J. Stark
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