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Hannah and Her Sisters (1986)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy, Drama  |  14 March 1986 (USA)
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Between two Thanksgivings two years apart, 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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Cast overview, first billed only:
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 <semolic@oat.ts.astro.it>

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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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Film debut of Christian Clemenson. See more »


Mickey's audiometry doctor tells him he has a loss of hearing in the "high decibels" region. He clearly meant "high frequency" region, as "high decibels" refers to increased loudness. 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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You Made Me Love You
by Joseph McCarthy & James V. Monaco
Performed by Harry James
Courtesy of Capitol Records, Inc.
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4 March 2004 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Woody Allen's film about a family and their romances and interactions features himself (as the perpetual neurotic), with Mia Farrow playing his ex-wife, Michael Caine – one of his best performances - playing her cheating husband, Barbara Herschey playing Farrow's sister and Caine's mistress, Max von Sydow playing Herschey's partner, and Dianne Wiese playing Farrow and Herschey's wild sister.

The strongest scene in this film features the lovely poem by e e cummings entitled ‘somewhere i have never traveled', which Caine sends to Herschey as a token of his regard for her. Other goodies include the touching ending when two misfits learn to love and accept each other. This is my favourite Allen movie as it brings together all the strands of movie-making at which he excels, and perhaps, along with Crimes and Misdemeanors, his strongest cast.

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