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The Sisters (2005)

R | | Drama | 26 June 2008 (Greece)
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Based on Anton Chekov's "The Three Sisters" about siblings living in a college town who struggle with the death of their father and try to reconcile relationships in their own lives.

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Dr. Harry Glass
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Vincent Antonelli
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Gary Sokol
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Greg Foote ...
August Prior
Carolyn S. Chambers ...
Female Customer (as Carolyn Chambers)
Ed Ragozzino ...
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Barbara Bechtel ...
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Tegue DeLeon ...
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Based on Anton Chekov's "The Three Sisters" about siblings living in a college town who struggle with the death of their father and try to reconcile relationships in their own lives.

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Every family has its secrets

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Rated R for language and some sexual content | See all certifications »
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26 June 2008 (Greece)  »

Also Known As:

A három nővér  »

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Trivia

Kelli Garner and Bryce Dallas Howard were considered for the role of Irene. See more »

Goofs

At 01:45:31 David is shown walking up to the upper level as Gary leaves. He then walks back down to make the toast with everyone else at 01:45:46-48. When Gary comes raging back in at 01:45:50 it is shown that David is on the upper level near the window without moving at all. Gary then attacks him and they crash out the window. See more »

Quotes

Nancy Pecket: [Irene plays the piano] I'm leaving. I've tried to be part of the family. I have tried to understand you and be patient -
[shouting]
Nancy Pecket: Irene, stop playing the goddamn thing!
[Irene stops playing in shock]
Nancy Pecket: ... I have tried to be patient with your... excentricities as Andrew calls them. But I think you people are all just low, mean and not nearly so smart or high-class as you think you are... or as I thought you were.
Marcia Prior Glass: You know... With some assistance from a book of synonyms and antonyms, that wouldn't...
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Connections

Version of Estudio 1: Las tres hermanas (1970) See more »

Soundtracks

Opus 39, Waltz #15
Johannes Brahms
Performed by Victor Alexeeff
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A Reminder of How Powerful Theater Can Be
23 June 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

THE SISTERS is adapted by Richard Alfieri from his play 'The Sisters' which in turn was adapted from Anton Chekov's 'The Three Sisters': the theatrical aspects of the play remain intact in this film version - and that is most definitely a plus! All of the action takes place on an obvious set (an enormously beautiful Faculty Lounge for a university where nearly everyone in the play is employed, and in a hospital waiting room) and the lines are richly imbued with dialogue that mirrors Chekov's form despite the fact that Chekov's play has been updated to the present time with all the changes (and similarities!) of modern day family life.

The story is well known: a family of three sisters and a baby brother are both united and bonded by the past and show the scars of maturing on their journeys from a childhood to adulthood with a father that was both a hero to some and an incestuous attacker to another. One by one each of the sisters and the brother peel away the trappings that hide each other's realities and make public the pain endured in their dysfunctional family. Maria Bello as Marcia carries the bulk of the story as the abused, spiteful, vitriolic, unhappy head of the family unit: she is astonishingly fine. Mary Stuart Masterson is Olga, the closeted lesbian chancellor who has never had the luxury of sharing her private feelings with her sisters for fear of the consequences of her sexuality. Erika Christensen is the youngest sister Irene whose painful life as being treated as a child leads to her life of drug abuse. Allesandro Nivola is Andrew, the baby brother left in charge of the family estate in the South and has married a trashy, mouthy floozy Nancy (Elizabeth Banks) who is the sole challenge to the family's unity. The stalwart Greek chorus is the old professor Dr. Chebrin (Rip Torn) who watches as the various characters tangential to this crumbling family vie for inclusion: Gary Sokol (Eric McCormack) whose asides keep the theatrical flavor moving; David Turzin (Chris O'Donnell) who loves and wants to possess Irene and is in bitter competition with Gary for her affections; psychologist husband of Marcia Dr. Harry Glass (Steven Culp); and the visitor from the past Vincent Antonelli (Tony Goldwyn) who changes Marcia's existence transiently. Each actor is superb, playing the marvelous dialogue for all its worth and giving us fully realized characterizations. Arthur Allan Seidelman is the fine director and the elegant musical score is by Thomas Morse.

There is action in this story and movement inside and outside the ways films should be shot when making a play into a movie. But for those who love the theater seeing this film little film will create a desire to have this exact company of actors set up shop in a nearby legitimate theater to allow for the grand impact of a fine play sifted through a fine adaptation to be absorbed repeatedly. Highly recommended. Grady Harp


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