Steel Magnolias is not only a dramatic film, but also a beautiful depiction of life. There is love, heartache, friendship, family, and death in the film. Almost every area of life is visited in Steel Magnolias, making it a wonderful way to remember and learn about the important parts of life.
The movie Steel Magnolias has one of the best casts in history of movies. Even at the time, this cast was stellar, which made this movie a raging success from onset. The main characters were played by Julia Roberts, Sally Field, Dolly Parton, Shirley MacLaine, Daryl Hannah, Olympia Dukakis, Tom Skerritt, Sam Shepard, and Dylan McDermott. Just reading over that list is enough to make some people interested in seeing the movie. The actors and actresses are all so talented that they made the whole movie look simple to create.
The writer of the film originally wrote it as a play in tribute for his sister. The role of Shelby is based on his sister, who died just before he wrote the play. The whole thing is full of such emotion that you cannot possibly watch it without feeling something. It will bring you to tears and have you laughing at the same time. It is an amazing account of one family and their friends and experiences together. They face illness and many other trials throughout their lives, and still come out of it with great respect for each other and support for the ones they love.