What’s better than watching old movies at the theaters? Much like Gone With the Wind which returned on the theater for its 80th anniversary, Steel Magnolias is doing the same except they turn 30 years old. The cast of the movie Shelby, M’Lynn, Truvy, Annelle, Clairee, and Ouiser are coming back to the big screen in May.
Fathom Events and Turner Classic Movies (TCM) are responsible for the return the much-loved movie for three days only. Fathom Events and TCM are re-releasing classic movies in theaters, including The Wizard of Oz, Gone With the Wind, To Kill a Mocking Bird, Ben-Hur, and many more. What a time to be alive.
Vice President of Studio Relations of Fathom Events, Tom Lucas told Southern Living:
Every year, more and more film fans have flocked to the TCM Big Screen Classics series, proving the lasting appeal of these movies and the thrill of seeing them in a movie theater. From spectacular musicals and grand Westerns to epic adventures, we are tremendously proud of this year’s lineup and our continuing partnership with TCM.
Back when the movie was first released in 1989, popular critic Roger Ebert reviewed the film as:
Willing to sacrifice its over-all impact for individual moments of humor, and while that leaves us without much to take home, you’ve got to hand it to them: The moments work.
The film opened with an estimated gross of $83,759,091 and stayed in the top 10 for 16 weeks. In terms of worldwide numbers, the film brought $95,904,091.
The movie follows a group of women living in their small-town Southern community. The three women learn how to deal with the death of one of the women’s daughters. It features actresses Sally Field, Julia Roberts, Dolly Parton, Shirley MacLaine, Daryl Hannah, and Olympia Dukakis. Shirley MacLaine plays the character of Ouiser Boudreaux whose character will have you laughing out loud with her one-liners.
The character of Shelby is played by Julia Roberts and it is actually based on a real death. The movie was adapted from the 1987 play of the same name written by Robert Hartling. It is said that Hartling wrote the play as a way to deal with his sister’s death, Susan Harling Robinson.
In the play, he chose to change the name of his sister from Susan to Shelby. The title of the movie “Steel Magnolias” represents the main female characters being strong as steel whilst being delicate just like the magnolia flower.
You can watch the movie from May 19, 2019, until the 22nd, at either 4 pm or 7 pm on Sunday; 7 pm on Tuesday, May 21, 2019; or 7 pm on Wednesday. You can purchase the tickets from the Fathom Events Website or at the theaters near your area. I would suggest you hurry up and call your friends for a movie night!