Steel Magnolias

Continuity mistake: At Truvy's, during the diabetic attack. The juice glass that Sally Fields is trying to force down Shelby (Julia Roberts) changes levels during the different cuts, but nobody refills the glass. (00:24:45)

Continuity mistake: When Ouiser is trying to tie up her dog and hold it back, between shots her handbag repeatedly goes from hanging on her arm to laying on the floor. (00:15:20)

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Continuity mistake: In the scene where Shelby is getting her hair done before her wedding, she begins to have a diabetic attack. Sally Field lifts up the hair dryer she is under...then in the next shot, you can see her lift it again.

Continuity mistake: The Christmas decorations in the outside of the house change as to where they are and what they are.

Revealing mistake: When Truvy is blow-drying Shelby's hair after she's cut it short, you can tell the blow dryer is not really turned on. The sound was obviously added in later at a lower volume so the characters could talk comfortably over it. Dolly Parton is running her fingers through Julia Roberts' hair to hide the evidence, but if you look closely, you'll see that none of the hair is actually being blown. The only hair moving at any given time is the part that Parton is actually touching.


Revealing mistake: During the Christmas scene at Truvy's, after Enelle has just finished decorating the outside of the house, she stands on the porch and talks to Shelby and Truvy. We see Clairee in the foreground, her lips moving and her animated, as if she is talking to someone just off camera. (This is a common practice in plays, for example, if we want the audience to hear one conversation, all the other characters will pantomime talking so the conversation can be heard.) So this would be fine - except that there is no one left for Clairee to be talking to. Everyone else has either gone into the house or is on the porch behind her, and Oiser hasn't arrived yet.

Continuity mistake: In the wedding reception dance scene, you see a couple dancing amongst the guests on the dance floor. The female is wearing a seafoam green dress with a large matching bow in her hair. About 2/3 of the way through the song "On the Bayou," you see this same couple run onto the dance floor from off camera to watch the featured dance couple, as if they had never been on the dance floor at all.


Continuity mistake: Janice van Meter's dress at beginning of the reception is floral with a flowing bottom. Then when when dancing with Trudy's son and looks like "2 pigs fighting" its tight and cream.

Continuity mistake: When M'Lynn and Truvy are sitting in the backyard drinking tea after the funeral, there is no greenery next to where Truvy is sitting. In the next shot, when Clairee and Ouiser walk in the backyard together next to Truvy, there are now bushes and some trees that weren't present in the shot beforehand.


Continuity mistake: In the scene after Shelby's funeral has taken Place where M'Lynn, Truvy and baby Jackson are in the backyard, Annelle is bringing the two ladies some tea. In the next shot, Ouiser and Clairee walk into the backyard and now present in the shot next to Truvy is a small tree and shrubbery that was not there before.


Truvy: I kind of like hiring somebody with a past.
Clairee: She can't be more than eighteen. She hasn't had time to have a past.
Truvy: Oh get with it, Clairee. This is the eighties. If you can achieve puberty, you can achieve a past.

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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: At Jack Jr's birthday party, you don't see Shelby's head at all... It was her 'body' because later that day she is wearing the same shirt when she gets her hair cut. Was there a sit in for Julia Roberts in that scene?

Answer: I believe it is because the child playing Jack Jr. was basically crying through this whole scene, as you can see. It's most likely his (actually her, as the real baby was a girl) real mother holding him to calm him down. Also, when the family is saying "Blow, blow," you can hear a female voice that is neither Julia Roberts or Sally Field.

Answer: He is wearing a gold band, Shelby isn't.

Answer: I believe that Jack Jr is being held by a man. When you freeze the scene, you can see facial hair on the chin and when the person says "blow, blow" it sounds to be a man trying to sound like a woman.

Answer: It's Shelby's father that is holding him.

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