I know, I know….Sorry, I had to do this edition of movie night because I just saw on Facebook that today is the 25th anniversary of Steel Magnolias! The movie version anyway. The first one…not the second one. The one with criminally good actresses Sally Field, Julia Roberts, Olympia Dukakis, Shirley Maclaine….The one that no matter what time of day or night it is, if you come across it while channel surfing, you will watch it. ( There about a dozen, maybe 18 of these movies in any girl’s repertoire)
So I had to bring you back to that time a quarter century ago (!) when hair was big, Belle France dresses were all the rage, jeans had pleats in them, and Darryl Hannah was still making movies. Six women bond in a hairdressing salon owned by Truvi ( Dolly Parton). Across curlers, perms, Cokes, and hair dye, we learn of their daily lives in the small town in the south. Along the way there are some great quips delivered with perfect pitch.
Clairee: Well, you know what they say: if you don’t have anything nice to say about anybody, come sit by me!
Clairee: Ouiser, you sound almost chipper. What happened today – you run over a small child or something?
Truvy: There’s so much static electricity in this room, I pick up everything but boys and money.
Clairee: The only thing that separates us from the animals is our ability to accessorize.
Shelby: I would rather have thirty minutes of wonderful than a lifetime of nothing special.
Truvy: I kind of like hiring somebody with a past.
Clairee: She can’t be more than eighteen. She hasn’t had time to have a past.
Truvy: Oh get with it, Clairee. This is the eighties. If you can achieve puberty, you can achieve a past.
And of course, the famous….my colors are “blush” and “bashful.” (pink and pink)
Sally Field plays the mother, Julia Roberts her chronically ill but still in it fighting daughter who is in the process of getting married, Ouiser and Clairee are portrayed by Shirley Maclaine and Olympia Dukakis as wise cracking doyennes of the South, Dolly Parton does a great job as the smiling on the outside, crying on the inside salon owner Truvy and Darryl Hannah plays the bible thumping, egg crashing hairstylist in training Annelle. She with the cats-eye glasses.
The young Dylan McDermott stars as the groom and Tom Skerrit is believable as the scattered but adoring husband Drum. Sam Sheperd ( gasp) makes a cameo as Truvy’s silent and seemingly uncaring husband, but surprises us about 2/3 of the way through
I promise you if you have had a hard week , and feel like a good cry is just what you need then I can heartily recommend “Steel Magnolias” because at the heart of the movie is a grave tragedy and how it affects everyone . I dare you not to cry!