Steel Magnolias Film Review

A simple yet intricate tale of motherhood, sisterhood and the tenderness of a strong woman


Director: Herbert Ross

Writers: Robert Harling (screenplay), Robert Harling (play)

Stars: Shirley MacLaine, Olympia Dukakis, Sally Field, Julia Roberts, Tom Skerritt, Dylan McDermott, Sam Shepard


Steel Magnolias Review
Steel Magnolias

I am not an avid Broadway junkie, what with me being in India and globalization hitting me a little later than the rest of the world. Yet, this is the second southern play turned into a movie and starring Julia Roberts that I have had the privilege to watch and boy was it good. It must be said enough times that the seamless, organic ways in which this film visualizes and presents the strength of a woman in all her tenderness is the stuff of academics. For a film from 1889 (one year after my birth), it uses nothing but its dialogues, screenplay, actors and direction to communicate the depths of these subtle feeling and situations its main characters were going through. I mean what else w