Hannah and Her Sisters (1986) Poster


Woody Allen was originally going to have a more downbeat ending, but the studios asked him to make it more upbeat.
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Many of Hannah's scenes were filmed in Mia Farrow's apartment. Woody Allen said that Farrow once had the eerie experience of turning on the TV, finding a chance broadcast of the movie, and seeing her own apartment on TV while she was sitting in her apartment.
After actors Max von Sydow and Barbara Hershey finished filming their characters' break-up scene, the film crew gave them a standing ovation.
Four of Mia Farrow's real-life children appear in the film. Two play Hannah's son and daughter; two others, including Soon-Yi Previn, appear as young guests in the Thanksgiving scenes.
Kim Basinger accepted the role of Hannah, but dropped out to star in 9/12 Weeks.
Maureen O'Sullivan plays the mother of her real-life daughter, Mia Farrow.
According to USA Today, when the film was released, a movement tried to make Allen's script the first screenplay to be nominated for a Pulitzer Prize.
With a box office gross of over $40 million, this was Woody Allen's most financially successful film until Match Point (2005) in 2005.
The poem Eliot gives Lee, which contains the line "nobody, not even the rain, has such small hands", is "somewhere i have never traveled, gladly beyond", by e.e. cummings.
In the trailer, April and David discuss a painting in an art gallery. The scene is not in the final film.
Woody Allen said he was inspired to write this film after re-reading "Anna Karenina."
Lloyd Nolan died about four months before the film's premiere.
Brooke Shields was considered for the role of April, but she wasn't interested to play the part because she was attending at Princeton.
The first Woody Allen film to feature Fred Melamed. As of 2013, Melamed has appeared in seven films directed by Allen.
The character of Frederick, played by 'Max Von Sydow', complains bitterly while watching TV that if Jesus were to come back and see what religion had become, "he'd never stop throwing up." Von Sydow played Jesus earlier in his career in The Greatest Story Ever Told.
Lewis Black and Joanna Gleason's film debuts.
Jennifer Jason Leigh missed out on the role of Hannah, as Woody Allen wanted a more experienced actress.
The Stanislavsky Catering Company is based on a two-person catering company that Janet Margolin and Jennifer Salt ran early in their careers, between acting jobs.
Kay Lenz was offered the lead role, but turned it down for the horror B-movie House (1986).
According to a 2014 podcast with the director, Jack Nicholson was the first choice for the role of Elliot and was interested in playing him, but would have conflicted with the schedule for Prizzi's Honor (1985).
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The doctor tells Mickey they'll never know what caused the hearing loss in his ear. Later in the film, during a flashback to his first date with Holly, Mickey complains that the loud music at a rock concert made him him lose hearing in one ear.

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