“A dirty mind is a terrible thing to waste.”- Steel Magnolias

The first time I watched Steel Magnolias was when I spent the summer visiting my family in Guatemala. It was on about one out of 12 channels that was currently on air.

They would play this movie every other day in the late afternoon and then it would rotate with Natural Born Killers directed by Oliver Stone during the weekend air time. Not sure why the selection was what it was but I enjoyed watching the movies and my little nine year old mind welcomed it!

During that summer I think I watch Steel Magnolias 15 times. In total I think I watched it close to 30 times. I tend to watch the movie during the spring time. There is no particular reason why I just tend to do it. I even went to the special Turner Classic Movies showing in the movie theater two Mays ago with my friend Sarah. We were paired up with a gentleman in the same row who I guess enjoyed the movie way more than I did. Because he was saying all the lines while the movie was playing for at least 30 minutes. And if that is not a dedicated fan of the movie than I don’t know what qualifies as one.
LOS ANGELES – OCTOBER 1989: Steel Magnolias actresses Julia Roberts, Sally Field, Shirley MacClaine, Dolly Parton, and Daryl Hannah pose for a portrait in October 1989 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Aaron Rapoport/Corbis/Getty Images

I even been caught quoting some of the more memorable lines from the movie. I only had two people in my life so far ask me: “Is that from Steel Magnolias?”

I believe that movie has a good mixture of drama, comedy and over the top acting that one wants in a movie. That speech that Sally Field delivers during the the end of the funeral service. I literally cry every single time no matter if I heard it over 40 times:

Some random facts about the movie:

  1. Robert Harling who was the writer of Steel Magnolias. Based the story as a way to handle his grief the death of his sister in 1985. The main character Shelby is based on his sister and he spent of total of ten days to write the play.

Bette Davis wanted to play the role of Ouiser after seeing the play. Davis also thought Katherine Hepburn should play the role of Clairee and Truvy could be played by Elizabeth Taylor.

Julia Roberts was not the first selection to play Shelby. Meg Ryan was going to do the role but dropped out to do a movie called “When Harry Met Sally.” Winona Ryder and Laura Dern was also contenders to play Shelby but the casting director was very persistent to have Julia Roberts audition. Roberts ended up getting her first Oscar nomination for her role of Shelby.

You can even book a fun weekend getaway with the Steel Magnolias tour:

http://www.tournatchitocheswithbarbara.com/steel_magnolias_tour

What movie(s) have you watch numerous times? Comment below!

Until next time!

Source: Youtube.com, imdb.com, mentalfloss.com

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