Steel Magnolias (2012 film)

Steel Magnolias is an American comedy-drama television film directed by Kenny Leon that premiered at Lifetime Network on October 7, 2012.[1] It is a contemporary retelling of the play Steel Magnolias and its 1989 film adaptation.[2] The new film stars an all-Black American cast, including Queen Latifah as M'Lynn, Jill Scott as Truvy, Condola Rashād as Shelby, Adepero Oduye as Annelle, with Phylicia Rashād as Clairee and Alfre Woodard as Ouiser.[3][4]

Steel Magnolias
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Written byRobert Harling (play)
Sally Robinson
Directed byKenny Leon
StarringQueen Latifah
Alfre Woodard
Phylicia Rashād
Jill Scott
Adepero Oduye
Condola Rashād
Music byWilliam Ross
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
Producer(s)Neil Meron
Queen Latifah
Shakim Compere
Shelby Stone
Craig Zadan
Running time85 minutes
Production company(s)Sony Pictures
DistributorLifetime Movie Network
Original release
  • October 7, 2012 (2012-10-07)



Critical reception

The film has been met with positive reviews from critics, with a score of 74 out of 100 from Metacritic.[5] Many critics praised Alfre Woodard's performance as Ouiser.[6]


The film premiered on Sunday, October 7, 2012 on Lifetime and earned 6.5 million viewers. It is the 3rd highest viewed Lifetime Original.[7]


Alfre Woodard was nominated for numerous awards for her performance as Ouiser, including the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie and Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie.[8]


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