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Hannah and Her Sisters (1986)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy, Drama  |  14 March 1986 (USA)
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Between two Thanksgivings, Hannah's husband falls in love with her sister Lee, while her hypochondriac ex-husband rekindles his relationship with her sister Holly.



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Frederick (as Max Von Sydow)


During a Thanksgiving Day party we make acquaintance with a numerous and problematic family. The leading characters are three sisters: Lee, the woman of Frederick, an old misanthrope painter; Holly, who dreams of becoming a writer, or an actress, or who knows who...; Hannah, famous actress, beautiful, intelligent, good mother, good wife, good sister, in short perfect, the pivot of the family. The balance begins to break up when Hannah's husband, Elliot, falls in love with Lee, who leaves Frederick. Holly goes through a deep crisis and meets Mickey, the former husband of Hannah, a hypochondriac TV producer. The affairs evolve and at the last Thanksgiving ... Written by Maurizio Semolic <>

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Release Date:

14 March 1986 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Hannah y sus hermanas  »

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$6,400,000 (estimated)


$40,084,041 (USA)

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While parts of the film were being shot in her apartment, Mia Farrow and several of her children lived and went about their daily routines on a working film set and amongst the movie's crew. The Farrow family were careful not to interrupt production of the film or to do anything which would affect the shooting schedule, however the situation was hectic for family and crew alike. Co-star Michael Caine likened the situation to watching an intimate home movie, and recalled that in one moment Farrow would be feeding her children dinner and the next, the assistant director would inform her that she was needed on set. She would put down the kitchen utensils, walk into the next room, and begin to act. See more »


Dolly tracks are visible when the camera pulls back in the living room. See more »


[first lines]
Elliot: God, she's beautiful. She's got the prettiest eyes. She looks so sexy in that sweater. I just want to be alone with her and hold her and kiss her and tell her how much I love her and take care of her. Stop it you idiot, she's your wife's sister. But I can't help it. I'm consumed by her. It's been months now. I dream about her, I - I - I think about her at the office. Oh Lee, what am I gonna do? I hear myself moaning over you and it's disgusting. Before, when she squeezed past me at...
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5 November 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Except for MANHATTAN, this stands alongside of ANNIE HALL as the top of the game for the brilliant Woody Allen. A total rep company atmosphere (in New York) with Michael Caine giving one of his most subtle and touching performances. Dianne Wiest (her 1st of 2 Oscars for W. Allen films) is striking, funny, and ultimately all too human. Barbara Hershey (always talented since LAST SUMMER) has the perfect role at her age, at that stage of her career, to play Lee (one of the sisters), and Mia Farrow was born to play Hannah (the all-too-together control freak). Add in Max Von Sydow (superb), Daniel Stern buying ART by the yard, and Lloyd Noland Maureen O'Sullivan (Mia's real-life Mom who played Jane in the Tarzan flicks of the 30's) are belligerent and beautiful.

A 9 out of 10. Best performance = Diane Wiest. If you don't get this one, give it up (especially if you don't trust Woody Allen), check into a New Mexico motel, pretend you know Dennis Hopper in the 70's, and buy ice all night long..waiting for Karen Black.

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