Stars: Shirley MacLaine, Olympia Dukakis, Sally Field, Julia Roberts, Daryl Hannah
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Rating: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Runtime: 117 minutes
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
Truvy, you know what you need in here? You need a radio, takes the pressure off of everyone feeling they have to talk so much.
I had one once, but I threw it up against the wall when I couldn't figure out where the batteries went. I know now I was suffering from pre-menstrual syndrome.
Yes, Annelle, I pray! Well, I do! There, I said it, I hope you're satisfied.
I suspected this all along!
Oh! Well don't you expect me to come to one of your churches or one of those tent-revivals with all those Bible-beaters doin' God-only-knows-what! They'd probably make me eat a live chicken!
Not on your first visit!
Very good, Annelle! You've spoken like a true smart-ass!