I love the sweet comfortable lifestyle of a small Southern town. Its quiet and enduring qualities give a presence of comfort and acceptance. One of my favorite past times is watching great films. There are certain ones that I enjoy watching over and over. One of my favorites is “Steel Magnolias.”
If anyone could better paint a picture of charm, humor & life of great Southern women and capturing that essence of a small Southern town, this film does, it is totally awesome. “Steel Magnolias” is a 1989 comedy-drama film about the close-knit group of women bonding in a small town of the Chiquapin Parish in northern Louisiana area.
The title of this movie suggests that the main characters can be as delicate as magnolias, but are as tough as steel. Revolving around Truvy's Beauty Parlor gather each week to get their hair and nails done and gossip thorough out the year as holidays and other gatherings come and go. They share their lives which are filled with humor and heartbreak with one other. These ladies will make your laugh and cry as the realities of their lives unfold.
The Actors: Sally Fields, Dolly Parton, Shirley MacLaine, Daryl Hannah, Olympia Dukakis, & Julia Roberts captivate your hearts and imaginations.
These are some of my favorite quotes from the film:
Clairee Belcher: Ouiser could never stay mad at me; she worships the quicksand I walk on.
Truvy: Oh, honey, God don't care which church you go, long as you show up!
Ouiser Boudreaux: A dirty mind is a terrible thing to waste.
Ouiser Boudreaux: The only reason people are nice to me is because I have more money than God.
Ouiser Boudreaux: I'm not crazy, I've just been in a very bad mood 40 years!
Truvy: Smile! It increases your face value.
Truvy: There is no such thing as natural beauty.
Ouiser Boudreaux: Don't try to get on my good side, Truvy. I no longer have one!
And Sally Field’s funeral speech, is so moving and heart-retching….and just when you are in tears….. Quiser interrupts and admits she prays…..totally cracks you up.
So if you want a bit of Southern Joy & Charm…..this is a must watch film. Enjoy!