Steel Magnolias

I recently saw an ad on Lifetime for a new “Steel Magnolias” movie that will air this fall.  A new take will be presented by this network and I am so excited!

This is one of my favorite stories ever made into a movie.  I like the closeness of the six women, the things they go through, and the fact that the southern hair salon is so important in their lives and the storyline.

Both this new movie and the original that was released in 1989 are based on a play.  The play is quite fascinating to see since it is only the six women in the story — M’Lynn, Shelby, Ouiser, Clairee, Truvy and Annelle.  And, the entire play takes place in Truvy’s salon.

The play was written by a man named Robert Harling who lost his sister to diabetes.  He is an amazing writer and truly has, in my opinion, a great insight into women and how they relate to each other.

When I was in college, I studied the play in one of my classes and loved it!  And, we as a class got to see the play.  That was before the movie came out.

It was neat to then see the translation to the big screen.  The movie added many different locations for the action and the lines and added men to the cast.

Some of the best lines ever in a play/movie, in my opinion, were in “Steel Magnolias.”  A few (but by no means all) of my favorites are:

  • “I’d rather have 30 minutes of wonderful than a lifetime of nothing special,” Shelby tells M’Lynn
  • “Laughter through tears is my favorite emotion,” Truvy says
  • “Honey, time marches on and eventually you realize it is marchin’ across your face.” — Truvy
  • “Miss Truvy, I promise that my personal tragedy will not interfere with my ability to do good hair.” — Annelle
  • “There’s so much static electricity in this room, I pick up everything but boys and money.” — Truvy
  • “Well, you know what they say: if you don’t have anything nice to say about anybody, come sit by me!”– Clairee
  • “I have a strict policy that nobody cries alone in my presence.” — Truvy

The 1989 movie starred Julia Roberts, Sally Field, Dolly Parton, Daryl Hannah, Olympia Dukakis, and Shirley Maclaine.  This was a phenomenal cast and I liked each actress in the part they she played.

Since the themes and content are universal, it will be neat to see a new version of this story with an African-American cast.  I look forward to a new set of six actresses making the parts their own.

The new cast includes Alfre Woodard, Queen Latifah, Jill Scott, Phylicia Rashad, Condola Rashad, and Adepero Oduye.  The first four ladies I have enjoyed in many movies and television shows.  The last two I am looking forward to learning more about.

I can’t wait to see these ladies in the parts which I love so much!  And, I like the fact that I will be able to watch it on my television at home.  I just have to check and see when it will be airing.

Are you looking forward to this remake?  Please share your thoughts and comments!  I’d love to hear from you.