April 2, 2021

#27 - "Steel Magnolias" (1989) with Bethany Wells

#27 -

Since its release over three decades ago, this 80’s flick has been hailed as a celebration of women. In his original review of the film, Roger Ebert raved about the dialogue and camaraderie of the dynamic ensemble cast. “There may be no movie that better epitomizes the bond of female friendship,” HuffPost declared in 2014. “Mothers share the film with their daughters, teen girls turn to it as a sleepover staple, and men of all ages find themselves taken with the tale of six brassy Southern ladies.” So grab a slice of armadillo-shaped red velvet cake and take a seat in one of Truvy’s salon chairs, as Tim Williams and guest co-host Bethany Wells discuss “Steel Magnolias” from 1989 on this episode of the 80’s Flick Flashback!

Here are some additional behind the scenes trivia we were unable to cover in this episode:

  • Sally Field screamed into a pillow for hours before the cemetery scene so her voice would be raw in order to be more evocative.
  • After long days on the set in Natchitoches, the cast would gather together to play games and chat. One night, according to the Huffington Post, Harling asked each actress to name the role she'd most like to play. Sally Field said she always played "really noble, earnest women that wear crummy clothes. For once I'd like to play a b---h that gets to wear nice clothes." Harling loved the idea and started to think about a seeming sweetheart who was truly devilish. Soon after, "Soapdish" was born and Field got to play the role of her dreams as an aging soap-opera actress who conspires to ruin the career of her co-star.
  • Dolly wrote a song called “Eagle When She Flies.” It was written for the movie, and Herbert was going to play it over the credits, but he changed his mind in post-production. There’s a line about the “sweet magnolia” that originally had been “steel magnolia” before it was removed from the film.




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