Steel Magnolias

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.


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

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Truvy: Louie brought his new girlfriend over, and the nicest thing I can say is all her tattoos are spelled correctly.

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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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