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Based on Robert Harling's play, this comedy-drama directed by Herbert Ross (The Turning Point) follows several years in the lives of women who regularly see one another at a beauty shop in their small Louisiana town. The story deepens as Julia Roberts, playing a serious diabetic and the daughter of Sally Field, goes downhill in her health. But as an ensemble piece, this is one of those enjoyably lumpy tearjerkers with many years' worth of stored truths suddenly being shared between the characters, lots of grievances aired, that sort of thing. Daryl Hannah and Shirley MacLaine assume the most eccentric roles, Dolly Parton the most fun, and Olympia Dukakis the most dignified, while Sally Field essentially provides the moral and emotional center of the movie. --Tom Keogh

DVD Features

  • Director's Commentary
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Exclusive Featurette
  • Isolated Music Score
  • Bonus Trailers
  • Talent Files
  • Interactive Menus
  • Production Notes
  • Scene Selections

Cast

Sally FieldM'Lynn Eatenton
Dolly PartonTruvy Jones
Shirley MacLaineOuiser Boudreaux
Daryl HannahAnnelle Dupuy Desoto
Olympia DukakisClairee Belcher
Julia RobertsShelby Eatenton Latcherie
Tom SkerrittDrum Eatenton
Sam ShepardSpud Jones
Dylan McDermottJackson Latcherie
Kevin J. O'ConnorSammy Desoto
Bill McCutcheonOwen Jenkins
Ann WedgeworthAunt Fern
Jonathan WardJonathan Eatenton
Bibi BeschBelle Marmillion
Janine TurnerNancy Beth Marmillion

  • Genre: Comedy Movies
  • Director: Herbert Ross
  • Producer: Columbia/Tri-Star
  • Length: 119 minutes
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen 1.85:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaNov 15, 1989
  • Ratings
    North AmericaPG
    EuropePG
    AustraliaM
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaApr 2, 2002
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