Steel Magnolias

Continuity mistake: In the scene where Ouiser sits and lets out a belch, if you look in the mirror, you can catch her laughing.

Continuity mistake: When you see Shirley MacLaine laughing in the mirror after she belches at Truvy's, you can also see that her hat is back on her head, after she's taken it off and laid it on the chair.

Continuity mistake: At the wedding, Darryl Hanna's glass of coke is full when it's poured, but the level's lower when it's handed to her.

Continuity mistake: When Shelby gets out the bath and is talking to Jackson you can see her neck and face is wet, but in the next shot, as she turns around she's perfectly dry. (00:12:50)


Continuity mistake: During the scene that Truvy is styling Shelby's hair for the wedding, we see Truvy start taking the rollers out of the left side of Shelby's hair. The camera then goes to another character and when it comes back Truvy is again taking the rollers out of the left side of Shelby's hair while the rollers on the right side are now out. (00:18:30)

Continuity mistake: When the boys put an ice cube down Mama's back, you can see the ice cube fall out of her shirt. She then still pretends there's ice down her back, asking Shelby to get it out. (00:03:52)


Continuity mistake: In the scene where the women are putting the Easter eggs into the trunk, the first shot shows Annelle placing cartons into an almost full trunk. It is also shown that there are many more on the roof of the car. When Ouiser shows up, Annelle continues to place them in the trunk. There was no more possible room in the trunk to hold all of the cartons that were on the roof, and the ones that were there disappear.

Continuity mistake: In the wedding scene, when Drum Walks Shelby down the aisle, Clarie walks across the church doorway twice, once in the long shot, and again in Drum and Shelby's close-up.

Continuity mistake: In the scene at Shelby's reception when the whole crowd of guests are dancing to "On the Bayou," at one point everyone gathers around a particular couple who are burning up the dance floor. If you look at the crowd gathered as the shots change from different angles, Dolly Parton and Olympia Dukakis, among others, are in different places each time.

Revealing mistake: In the scene where Shelby goes into kidney failure and is passed out on the stairs of her home, Jackson runs over to her and grabs her up. Looking closely, you can see Shelby hold her head up. If she were really unconscious, her head would fall back as Jackson sweeps her up into his arms.

Continuity mistake: When walking by Truvy's beauty spot, Annelle has a tissue in her hand. In a wide shot she folds it up with both hands, but in the next closeup, it's unfolded in her left hand. (00:04:35)


Continuity mistake: When Julia Roberts has a diabetic attack in Truvy's shop, she is given a glass of orange juice, and she shakes so much that she spills about half the glass. But when Daryl Hannah grabs a towel and goes to clean it up, there's at least 2 glasses' worth of juice on the floor. (00:24:50)

Continuity mistake: In the scene at Truvy's before Shelby's wedding, Shirley MacLaine shows up with her dog, which she ties to the tree in a standard single knot (like that's going to hold a St. Bernard). When Drum shoots the firecrackers into the trees at the birds, you see the dog become agitated and break the leash, which is no longer tied, but secured around the tree by slipping the length of leash through the handle part.

Continuity mistake: In the scene where Julia Roberts' character is getting a manicure before her kidney transplant, she sets her arm up on the table. The camera cuts away and the next shot of her shows her putting her arm on the table, again.

Continuity mistake: When we see Truvy styling Shelby's hair for the wedding, her hair changes dramatically as the camera cuts between Shelby and the people she's conversing with.

Continuity mistake: In the scene when Shelby gets into the car after her wedding one of the balloons gets closed in the car door, so it's on the inside, but when camera returns to the car the balloon is on the outside.

Continuity mistake: After Shelby dies, her mother (Sally Field) goes to pick up Jack Jr. While he is running to her, in one scene he has a toy in his hand, the next he doesn't and when Sally Field picks him up, he has it again.

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Continuity mistake: In the scene where the women are putting the eggs into the car and Ouiser walks over to Annelle and begins to converse with her, she is holding a carton of the eggs. The two front corners of the eggs keep changing colors as the shots keep changing from Ouiser and Annelle speaking.

Continuity mistake: In the last scene at the easter egg hunt Shirley Mclaine comes in with brown high heel shoes on. When she creeps up behind the tree to sit with Jack she has no shoes on and when she is running after the truck taking Darryl to the hospital she has tennis shoes and white ankle socks.

Truvy: Sammy is so confused he doesn't know whether to scratch his watch or wind his butt.

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Trivia: This is a true story. After the death of his sister, Robert Harling locked himself in a room and 10 days later came out with this play which 3 years later became a movie. The movie was even filmed in the town that where everything happened and the nurse and doctors who cared for his sister Susan played themselves in the movie.

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Question: In the scene where Shelby and Jackson are eating the wedding cake, what was the point of Nancy Beth telling Shelby that Jackson is "one big-hanging man"? And how does Nancy Beth even know?

Answer: Nancy Beth, who has had a crush on Jackson, is likely jealous that he is marrying Shelby rather than her. She is trying to ruin Shelby's happiness with her spiteful comment, hinting that she has been intimate with Jackson, though it is uncertain if she ever has been.


Answer: Reading this answer, I just now put two and two together. While it's obvious Nancy Beth is referring to the fact that she's been with Jackson intimately, it kind of refers to the "ladies man" persona Jackson has. It also foreshadows for later in the film, when Shelby bitterly says, "Jackson loves to hunt for anything", he is what used to be called "a skirt chaser." I always felt that having babies wasn't the only reason Shelby reconsidered marrying Jackson. I always suspected she feared womanizing on the side would happen.

Answer: She's basically saying she has had a piece of him already and was trying to ruin her day by reminding her of their affair. This also helps clarify when Shelby tells her mom she's pregnant, that they are having marital problems pretty much he is cheating on her.

Answer: She'd definitely been to bed with him. Nancy Beth was known as kind of loose, as you can see her mom had to reel her in at the wedding. Then there was the Miss Merry Christmas scandal where she was stripped of her title because she was found in a hotel room with I believe one of the judges. Shelby tried to appease Jackson by having a baby, to try to keep his interest at home.

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