Suffering from writer's block and eagerly awaiting his writing award, Harry Block remembers events from his past and scenes from his best-selling books as characters, real and fictional, come back to haunt him.
Hannah, Holly and Lee are adult sisters from a show business family, their boozy actress mother who still believes she's an ingénue that can attract any man she wants, despite still being married to the girls' father, Evan. Hannah, on her second marriage to a man named Elliot, a financial advisor, is the success of the family, taking a break from her acting career to raise her children. Everyone turns to her for advice, while she never talks to others about what she needs or feels. Her first husband, Mickey, is a comedy show writer and hypochondriac, who is going through a crisis as he mistakenly believes he will die soon without a clear belief, as a non-practicing Jew, of what will happen to him in the afterlife. Single Holly is the insecure flaky sister, a struggling and thus continually unemployed actress, who has just started a catering business with her actress friend April, in order to do something constructive with her life. In her own security, Hannah even set up Holly and ... Written by
Mia Farrow later wrote that Woody Allen had been intrigued about the subject of sisters for a long time. Janet Margolin, one of his earlier co-stars, had two sisters, Diane Keaton had two and Farrow had three. She says Allen gave her an early copy of "Hannah and Her Sisters", saying she could play whatever sister she wanted, but that "he felt I should be Hannah, the more complex and enigmatic of the sisters . . . whose stillness and internal strength he likened to the quality Al Pacino projected in The Godfather (1972)." See more »
In the "Lucky I Ran Into You" segment, when Mickey spots Holly in the record shop, he introduces himself by saying, "I don't know if you remember me..." (obviously referencing the horrible date they had years earlier). However, Mickey and Holly had been brother- and sister-in-law for years when Mickey was married to Holly's sister, Hannah. Especially considering how close Holly and Hannah are, it's very unlikely that Mickey would have reason to believe that Holly wouldn't remember her former brother-in-law. See more »
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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This is what I would call a perfect film. This was my first Woody Allen experience and I have been shamelessly hooked ever since! I have probably seen it about 20x's and I always love it!! It has it all; it's hysterically funny at times (the hypochodriac), it's incredibly painful(afternoons) at others and the blending of the characters paths(lucky I ran into you) is just beautiful. I watch this movie every couple of months when I need a little cheering up and it always works. Highly recommended.
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