Steel Magnolias, a
comedy/drama released in 1989, had a pretty big cast:
Sally Field as Mary Lynn Eatenton, Dolly Parton as Truvy
Jones, Shirley MacLaine as Louisa Boudreaux, Daryl
Hannah as Annelle Dupuy-Desoto, Olympia Dukakis as
Clairee Belcher, and Julia Roberts as Shelby
Eatenton-Latcherie. The movie received mixed reviews
back in the day, although some heavy hitters like Roger
Ebert liked the film. It was a huge box office success
for TriStar Pictures.
This movie follows the
lives of several women, over the span of many years, who
hang out at a local home-based salon together. It
starts on the wedding day of one of the women, Shelby
(Roberts), as the group prepares things for that night.
As time goes by, Shelby has a baby boy, and due to
complications from diabetes, she gets sick and dies.
They remaining friends demonstrate that they can be both
delicate like a Magnolia, and as tough as steel, as they
deal with the death of their friend and try to get on
with their lives.