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Hannah and Her Sisters -- 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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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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Barbara Hershey ... Lee

Carrie Fisher ... April

Michael Caine ... Elliot

Mia Farrow ... Hannah

Dianne Wiest ... Holly

Maureen O'Sullivan ... Norma

Lloyd Nolan ... Evan

Max von Sydow ... Frederick (as Max Von Sydow)

Woody Allen ... Mickey

Lewis Black ... Paul

Julia Louis-Dreyfus ... Mary

Christian Clemenson ... Larry

Julie Kavner ... Gail

J.T. Walsh ... Ed Smythe

John Turturro ... Writer
Rusty Magee ... Ron
Allen DeCheser ... Hannah's Twins
Artie DeCheser ... Hannah's Twins
Ira Wheeler ... Dr. Abel

Richard Jenkins ... Dr. Wilkes
Tracy Kennedy ... Brunch Guest

Fred Melamed ... Dr. Grey
Benno Schmidt ... Dr. Smith

Joanna Gleason ... Carol
Maria Chiara ... Manon Lescaut

Daniel Stern ... Dusty
Stephen De Fluiter ... Dr. Brooks (as Stephen deFluiter)
The 39 Steps ... Rock Band

Bobby Short ... Himself
Rob Scott ... Drummer
Beverly Peer ... Bass Player
Daisy Previn ... Hannah's Children
Moses Farrow ... Hannah's Children

Paul Bates ... Theater Manager
Carrotte ... Theater Executive
Mary Pappas ... Theater Executive
Bernie Leighton ... Audition Pianist

Ken Costigan ... Father Flynn
Helen Miller ... Mickey's Mother
Leo Postrel ... Mickey's Father
Susan Gordon-Clark ... Hostess
William Sturgis ... Elliot's Analyst
Daniel Haber ... Krishna

Verna O. Hobson ... Mavis
John Doumanian ... Thanksgiving Guest
Fletcher Farrow Previn ... Thanksgiving Guest (as Fletcher Previn)
Irwin J. Tenenbaum ... Thanksgiving Guest (as Irwin Tenenbaum)
Amy Greenhill ... Thanksgiving Guest
Dickson Shaw ... Thanksgiving Guest
Marje Sheridan ... Thanksgiving Guest
Ivan Kronenfeld ... Lee's Husband
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Chris Barry ... Vocalist in The 39 Steps (uncredited)
Michael Bramon ... Drummer in The 39 Steps (uncredited)
Joe Cerratto ... Bass Player in The 39 Steps (uncredited)
Pierre Major ... Guitarist in The 39 Steps (uncredited)
Branden Marlowe ... Church guest (uncredited)
Richard Paul ... Guitarist in The 39 Steps (uncredited)

Soon-Yi Previn ... Thanksgiving Guest (uncredited)

Tony Roberts ... Norman - Mickey's Ex-partner (uncredited)

Sam Waterston ... David (uncredited)

Directed by
Woody Allen 
Writing credits
Woody Allen (written by)

Produced by
Robert Greenhut .... producer
Charles H. Joffe .... executive producer
Jack Rollins .... executive producer
Gail Sicilia .... associate producer
Cinematography by
Carlo Di Palma (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Susan E. Morse 
Casting by
Juliet Taylor 
Production Design by
Stuart Wurtzel 
Set Decoration by
Carol Joffe 
Costume Design by
Jeffrey Kurland 
Makeup Department
Fern Buchner .... makeup designer
Romaine Greene .... hair designer
Craig Lyman .... key makeup artist (uncredited)
Production Management
Ezra Swerdlow .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Sally Andrews .... dga trainee
Ken Ornstein .... second assistant director
Thomas A. Reilly .... first assistant director (as Thomas Reilly)
Art Department
Pasquale Grossi .... set: Segment from the opera 'Manon Lescaut' by Puccini
Dan Leigh .... assistant: to Mr. Wurtzel
James Mazzola .... property master
James Sorice .... standby scenic artist
Dave Weinman .... set dresser
Frank Didio .... head carpenter (uncredited)
Ron Petagna .... construction coordinator (uncredited)
Sound Department
Lee Dichter .... re-recording mixer: Sound One Corporation
Noreen Evans .... assistant sound editor
Jack Fitzstephens .... sound editor
Les Lazarowitz .... production sound mixer
Tod A. Maitland .... sound recordist (as Tod Maitland)
Linda Murphy .... boom operator
Marko A. Costanzo .... foley artist (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Ronald Burke .... dolly grip
Vincent Delaney .... best boy (as Vin Delaney)
Brian Hamill .... still photographer
Douglas C. Hart .... assistant cameraman
Jamie Jacobson .... additional photography (as Jamie Jacobsen)
Dick Mingalone .... camera operator
Robert Paone .... second assistant cameraman (as Bob Paone)
Ray Quinlan .... gaffer
Robert Ward .... key grip (as Bob Ward)
Garrett Brown .... Steadicam operator (uncredited)
Chris Hammond .... electrician (uncredited)
Douglas Pellegrino .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Casting Department
Ellen Lewis .... casting assistant
Todd Thaler .... additional casting (as Todd Michael Thaler)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Mark Burchard .... wardrobe supervisor: men's
Patricia Eiben .... wardrobe supervisor: women's
Editorial Department
Nicole Holofcener .... apprentice film editor
Richard Nord .... assistant film editor
Suzanne Pillsbury .... assistant film editor
Tom San Martin .... negative matcher (uncredited)
Arnold Shuster .... negative matcher (uncredited)
Location Management
Nicholas Bernstein .... location scout
Timothy M. Bourne .... location manager (as Timothy Marshall Bourne)
Barbara Heller .... location scout
Sandy Nelson .... location coordinator
Ora Ramat .... location scout
Dana Robin .... location scout
Music Department
Georgi Badev .... performer: "Concerto for Two Violins and Orchestra:
The Choir of the Church of The Transfiguration .... choir
John Gordon Morris .... choirmaster
Transportation Department
Harry J. Leavey .... transportation captain (as Harry Leavey)
Patrick Hogan .... driver (uncredited)
Other crew
Kay Chapin .... script supervisor
Kris Cole .... production staff
James A. Davis .... production staff (as James Davis)
Pam Gartrell .... production staff
Richard Guay .... assistant production auditor
Joseph Hartwick .... production auditor
Amy Herman .... assistant production coordinator
Carlo Maestrini .... director: Segment from the opera 'Manon Lescaut' by Puccini
Jane Read Martin .... assistant: to Mr. Allen
Tom McKinley .... associate: to Mr. Kurland
Helen Robin .... production coordinator
Hillary Rollins .... production staff
Angela Salgado .... production staff
Judson Schwartz .... production staff (as Jud Schwartz)
Carl Turnquest Jr. .... projectionist
Dennis Kear .... stand-in: Woody Allen (uncredited)
Grant Harper Reid .... production assistant (uncredited)
Marshall Arisman .... the producers gratefully acknowledge and wish to thank for their assistance: Frederick's oils courtesy of
Randall Rupert .... the producers gratefully acknowledge and wish to thank for their assistance: Frederick's drawings courtesy of
Crew verified as complete

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103 min | Spain:106 min
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Mia Farrow admitted "a small sick feeling... deep inside me" which "I shared with nobody was my fear that Hannah and Her Sisters had openly and clearly spelled out his feelings for my sister. But this was fiction, I told myself... So I put those thoughts out of my mind."See more »
Audio/visual unsynchronized: When Lee is about to play a record for Elliot, the music starts before the needle touches the vinyl.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...
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47 out of 54 people found the following review useful.
One of Allen's best films and definitely his best performance..., 14 May 2004
Author: Andrew DiMonte (NoArrow) from My House, Canada

"Hannah and Her Sisters" is a comedy/drama (though mostly drama) about a dozen characters and their stories, all connecting back to three sisters: Hannah (Mia Farrow), Lee (Barbara Hershey) and Holly (Dianne Wiest). Hannah is the favorite, talented and kind, Lee is almost equally favored, but Holly is the outcast, with a past of drugs and always asking for money. Other characters include Hannah's hypochondriac ex-husband Mickey (Woody Allen), her current husband Elliot (Michael Caine), Lee's boyfriend Frederic (Max von Sydow) and Holly's friend April (Carrie Fisher).

Like I said before, this is not so much a comedy as it is a drama. The comedy that's in it fits, and is good, but the drama is better. Elliot's secret love for Lee is handled in a romantic way, but their infidelity is still seen as wrong, and you feel their guilt and inner turmoil. Mickey thinks he has a brain tumor, he finds out he doesn't and then he feels worse, and starts desperately searching for a purpose to live. All the other stories are equally dramatic, with comedy fittingly sprinkled in places too.

The acting is quite good, everyone playing their part perfectly, whether it's big or small. The film's best performances come from Allen (in what's no doubt his best performance) and Dianne Wiest as the extremely under-confident youngest sister. Allen and Wiest don't necessarily carry the film, as there's no need to, but their segments were certainly the best, for me at least. The rest of the cast put forward too, especially Max von Sydow and Michael Caine in his first (and so far his only deserving) Oscar win.

Woody Allen's direction is at the top of its form here too, much like "Annie Hall" and his other greats. The camera work and use of voice overs are excellent. For instance, there is an intensely dramatic scene where the three sisters have lunch together and for the entire scene the camera rotates around the table, the speaker not always in the frame. His script is great too, it knows when to be dramatic and when to be funny and when to be both.

One of Allen's very best, 8/10.

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