They made us laugh, they made us cry and after 30 years, they are back, rekindling the charm of an era gone by. Be ready to catch them again in theatres nationwide.
Steel Magnolias was a tearjerker and a cult classic. It was a movie about the joys and sorrows of a close-knit group of strong women, their friendship and how despite being made of steel they were as vulnerable as magnolia flowers. It's been almost 30 years since the cast made us weep with their beautiful portrayal of the characters.
And now it's time to revisit Shelby, M'Lynn, Truvy, Annelle, Clairee, and Ouiser. The film will be screened at 4:00 pm and 7:00 pm on Sunday, May 19; 7:00 pm on Tuesday, May 21, 2019; and 7:00 pm on Wednesday, May 22, 2019. You can buy the tickets from the Fathom Events website and check if they are playing near you. Just be ready for the tear-fest with tissues.
Steel Magnolias with its ensemble cast of Julia Roberts, now a megastar, Sally Field, Dolly Parton, Shirley McLaine, Daryl Hannah, and Olympia Dukakis had touched people's hearts and became a film that mothers would watch with their daughters.
Vice President of Studio Relations of Fathom Events, Tom Lucas told Southern Living, "Every year, more and more film fans have flocked to the TCM Big Screen Classics series, proving the lasting appeal of these movies and the thrill of seeing them in a movie theater. From spectacular musicals and grand Westerns to epic adventures, we are tremendously proud of this year’s lineup and our continuing partnership with TCM." They are also returning with The Wizard of Oz, My Fair Lady, Hello Dolly, and To Kill a Mockingbird.
A film is never only about the story we see on-screen. There is so much that goes on behind the camera as well. Even before the conception of the story, there could be things that made it possible for the story to germinate in the mind of the writer. For the writer of this story, it was a personal tragedy.
The film was based on an eponymously named play in 1987 that explored the friendship of a group of women in a small Southern community. The story was written by Robert Harling, who also did the screen adaptation. It was based on Harling's real sister, Susan, who is called Shelby and played by Julia Roberts in the film. It ends in tragedy much like Susan's life did. "I wrote it to somehow get this true story off my chest and to celebrate my sister in the process," Harling told Huffpost.
The cast brought alive the story beautifully and their on-screen bond was shared off-screen too. However, the reason for that was something unpleasant. Their bond had actually stemmed from their dislike for director Herbert Ross, who had emotionally and verbally abused almost everyone, especially Julia Roberts, while shooting.
"Herb Ross was basically a choreographer," said MacLaine, who played twice-widowed salon patron Ouiser, as reported by US Magazine. "That means he could be sometimes very stern and sometimes very harsh. My deepest memories of the film were how we bonded together after he told one of us or all of us we couldn't act."
Field, who played M'Lynn, said that Ross "did pick on one of us severely. He never told me I couldn't act. . . He went after Julia with a vengeance. This was pretty much her first big film."
Ross made Roberts cry and she would visit MacLaine almost every night and say, "I think I'm terrible. What am I doing?" MacLaine added that one day Ross told Parton, "Why don't you take some acting lessons?"
"You don't say that to Dolly Parton!" Field exclaimed. "Dolly Parton is absolutely the funniest, wittiest and filthiest, and she will cut you to ribbons."
But regardless of what the director thought of their acting, the box-office earnings gave the ultimate verdict. The opening weekend it grossed $5,425,440. After 16 weeks, it had earned $95,904,091 worldwide, according to Shared.com.
And now get ready to relive the magic all over again!