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The Sisters -- 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.
The Sisters -- 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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  (in credits order)

Elizabeth Banks ... Nancy Pecket

Maria Bello ... Marcia Prior Glass

Erika Christensen ... Irene Prior

Steven Culp ... Dr. Harry Glass

Tony Goldwyn ... Vincent Antonelli

Mary Stuart Masterson ... Olga Prior

Eric McCormack ... Gary Sokol

Alessandro Nivola ... Andrew Prior

Chris O'Donnell ... David Turzin

Rip Torn ... Dr. Chebrin
Greg Foote ... August Prior
Carolyn S. Chambers ... Female Customer (as Carolyn Chambers)
Ed Ragozzino ... Minister
Barbara Bechtel ... Nurse

Tegue DeLeon ... Paramedic #1

Robert Merrill ... Paramedic #2
Elizabeth Ragozzino-Allen ... Student #1
Mary Payne ... Student #2
Julia Chambers ... Young Marcia Prior
Hannah Schafroth ... Young Irene Prior

Shane Adler ... Young Olga Prior (as Sarah Alder)
Roxy Ragozzino ... Station Nurse

Mary DeLorenzo ... Receptionist
Susie Kriz ... Party Guest
Mary Dwight ... Party Guest
Megan McCornack ... Party Guest
Cameron Clarke ... Party Guest
Brian Hafdahl ... Party Guest

Cole Carson ... Party Guest
Amanda Huffman ... Party Guest
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Lian Moy ... Camilla

Peter Austin Noto ... The Lover

George Anton ... Thomas Fevalin (uncredited)
Jodi Oxenreider ... Nurse (uncredited)
Alex Rodrick Parslow ... Student with backpack (uncredited)
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Directed by
Arthur Allan Seidelman 
Writing credits
Richard Alfieri (screenplay)

Richard Alfieri (play)

Anton Chekhov (play "Tri sestry") (inspiration)

Produced by
Carolyn S. Chambers .... executive producer
Joseph M. Eastwood .... associate producer
Judd Payne .... producer
Matthew Rhodes .... producer
Original Music by
Thomas Morse 
Cinematography by
Chuy Chávez (director of photography) (as Chuy Chavez)
Film Editing by
Drake Silliman 
Casting by
Bruce H. Newberg 
Production Design by
Stephen Altman 
Art Direction by
John Bucklin 
John Johnson 
Set Decoration by
Mary E. Gullickson  (as Mary Gullickson)
Raymond Pumilia  (as Raymond Pumilla)
Costume Design by
Emmy Taylor 
Makeup Department
Erin Ayanian .... makeup artist: Maria Bello
Mark Bautista .... key makeup artist
Janice Byrd .... hair stylist: Rip Torn
Janice Byrd .... makeup artist: Rip Torn
Mary Clarke .... assistant makeup artist
E. Larry Day .... key makeup artist
Claude Díaz .... hair department head (as Claude Diaz)
Lisa Machii .... assistant makeup artist
Alison Binford .... assistant hair stylist (uncredited)
Alison Binford .... assistant makeup artist (uncredited)
Molly Craytor .... assistant makeup artist (uncredited)
Bonnie Henderson-Winnie .... wig technician (uncredited)
Melizah Schmidt .... key hair stylist (uncredited)
Production Management
Eric Davies .... unit production manager
Jerrold Pierce .... executive in charge of production
Daniel Voltz .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Eric Davies .... first assistant director
Todd Guzze .... second second assistant director
Kathy Krause .... second assistant director
James Semmelman .... second second assistant director
Art Department
Vicky Allard .... greensman
Matthew Brehm .... draftsman
Kellie Chambers .... on-set dresser
Matt Clawson .... carpenter
Scott Eunson .... draftsman
John A. Foote .... construction coordinator
Alex Fountain .... greensman
Sara Greer .... property master
Dexter Hubbard .... art department staff
Johnny Hulett .... construction foreman
Carl Klitzke .... set dresser
Michael Lane .... painter
R.J. Maguire .... on-set dresser
Joseph Mungra .... art department staff
Bryan Perkins .... art department staff
Patric Pietrucki .... leadman
Heather Quest .... art department staff
Talbot Ridgway .... swing gang
Dean G. Roberts .... greensman (as Dean Roberts)
Marshall Roeman .... set dresser
Zedekiah Schild .... set dresser
Kai Shelton .... set dresser
Andrew Ticer .... greensman
Greg McMickle .... property master (uncredited)
Jenna Rae .... art department assistant (uncredited)
Carly Sertic .... prop intern (uncredited)
Stephanie Tichenor .... art department coordinator (uncredited)
Sound Department
Misty Conn .... boom operator
Andrew Ing .... adr recordist
Larry LaCoste .... adr recording assistant (as Larry LaCost)
Michael J. McDonald .... supervising sound editor
James Moss .... adr editor
Bruce Murphy .... dialogue editor
John Sanacore .... foley mixer
John Sanacore .... sound effects editor
Jill Sayles .... foley artist
Motoi Takahashi .... assistant sound effects editor
Alex Ullrich .... foley artist
Alex Ullrich .... sound effects editor
Eric Vesbit .... sound effects editor
Jonathan Wales .... sound re-recording mixer
Brad Whitcanack .... sound effects editor
Rusty Fisher .... utility sound (uncredited)
Randy Lawson .... sound mixer (uncredited)
Randy Lawson .... sound technician (uncredited)
Michael J. McDonald .... sound re-recording mixer (uncredited)
Douglas Tourtelot .... sound mixer (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Mark Linthicum .... visual effects
Steve Buckley .... stunt coordinator
Justin Canfield .... stunt double
Eric Johnson .... stunt double
Ron Otis .... stunt double
William Boggs .... stunt safety (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
John Banholzer .... grip
Travis Belgard .... key grip
Roy R. Bellows-Fairchild .... dolly grip
Taylor Black .... dolly grip
Chris Cettina .... grip
Salvatore Collura .... Steadicam operator
Brianne Cronkhite .... camera loader
Mariah Diehl .... second assistant camera
Matt Dinsmore .... Steadicam assistant
Brian Fleskes .... key grip
Bruce 'Sarge' Fleskes .... gaffer (as Bruce Fleskes)
Steve Fountain .... electrician
Mike Hanauska .... best boy grip
Steve Hubert .... electrician
Michael Kane .... electrician
David R. Kohn .... electrician (as David Kohn)
Mel Manning .... electrician
Diego Mariscal .... grip
Matthew May .... rigging gaffer electrician
Ivan McMillin .... grip
Darin Meyer .... second assistant camera
E. Namaste .... first assistant camera
David Navarro .... best boy electric
Daniel Pasley .... grip
Stephen Purcell .... electrician
Tim Rodolf .... electrician
James Sharpy .... electrician
Christopher Shaun .... first assistant camera
Zachary Sieffert .... first assistant camera
Lloyd Singer .... best boy grip
Albert Tablanza .... electrician
Mark Tomlinson .... grip
Scott Walters .... best boy electric
Melani C. Brown .... camera loader (uncredited)
Peter N. Green .... first assistant camera: "a" camera (uncredited)
Lawrence Karman .... Steadicam operator (uncredited)
Lawrence Karman .... camera operator (uncredited)
Christopher Kidder .... best boy electric (uncredited)
Christopher Kidder .... dolly grip (uncredited)
L. Andrew Sigler .... best boy grip (uncredited)
David Steinmetz .... electrician (uncredited)
James WilderHancock .... dolly grip (uncredited)
James WilderHancock .... still photographer (uncredited)
Casting Department
Brad Gilmore .... casting: Los Angeles
Ed Ragozzino .... extras casting
Elizabeth Ragozzino-Allen .... extras casting assistant
Tami Cassell .... adr voice casting (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Maiya Becker .... wardrobe assistant
Denny Colliver .... wardrobe supervisor
Anna Lawrence .... wardrobe assistant
Olivia Miles .... on-set costumer
Marychris Mass .... key costumer (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Bob Fredrickson .... color timer (as Bib Fredericson)
Henry Te .... assistant editor
John Sellars .... colorist (uncredited)
Music Department
Miriam Cole .... music coordinator
Ian Cone .... assistant to music supervisor
Donn Devore .... music sound engineer
Sam Hofstedt .... assistant score recordist
Simon James .... music contractor
Michael J. McDonald .... music supervisor
Thomas Morse .... musician: piano soloist
Thomas Morse .... orchestrator
Hiro Niunagawa .... assistant music scoring engineer
Reed Ruddy .... score recording engineer
Hector Salazar .... music preparation
Melissa Stock .... musician: pianist, Erika Christensen
Melissa Stock .... piano instructor: Erika Christensen
Brian Valentino .... music engineer: ProTools
Robyn Whitney .... assistant to music supervisor
Mikael Carlsson .... executive soundtrack producer (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Elizabeth Babi .... driver
J. Adam Bogle .... driver
Robert Bolger .... driver
Gregory Brenner .... driver
Joseph Downs .... driver
Nick Edgerton .... transportation coordinator (as Nicholas Edgerton)
Mark 'Sparky' Haleston .... driver (as Mark Haleston)
Sparky Haleston .... driver (as Mark Haleston)
Bart Heimburger .... driver (as James Heimburger)
Ronald Herbert .... driver
Larry Hruza .... driver
Philip Krysl .... driver
Alison McCair .... driver
Brendan McKeon .... driver
Steve H. Pape .... driver (as Steve Pape)
William Phelps .... driver
Robert Platt .... driver
Gary Roberts .... driver
Eric Solmonson .... transportation captain
Henry Taylor .... driver
Gene Ungersma .... driver
Larry 'Guy' Wheeler .... driver
Dale Williams .... driver
Don Williams .... driver (as Don L. Williams)
Don P. Williams .... driver
Other crew
Stacie Avery .... assistant: Mrs. Chambers
Joanna Blair .... first assistant accountant
Dennis Brenhaug .... on-set production assistant
Mary Beth Bullington .... craft service
Jim Callahan .... auditor
Casmeron Carlisle .... office production assistant
Aleesha Cochran .... second assistant accountant
Jessica Cockrell .... office production assistant
Jim Dominello .... assistant: Mr. Rhodes and Mr. Payne
Trevor Gant .... production office intern
Robin Gross .... cast production assistant
Dennis Haase .... on-set production assistant
Stacy Hartley .... production coordinator (as Stacey Hartley)
Jessica Jordan .... script supervisor
Bradlety Murphy .... office production assistant
Molly O'Keif .... office production assistant
Steve Ogle .... location manager
Jason Peers .... assistant: Mr. Seidelman
Mike Roberts .... production accountant
Theodore Robinson .... office production assistant
Dustin Sanders .... office production assistant
Carrie Sheldon .... office production assistant
Gabriel Smith .... on-set production assistant
Heidi Sturdevant .... script supervisor
Robert Warberg .... location assistant
Iris Cole-Hayworth .... production coordinator (uncredited)
Curt Klein .... production intern (uncredited)
Jon Sharpy .... assistant production coordinator (uncredited)
Julie Bergheer .... special thanks
Mark Jewell .... special thanks (as Dr. Mark Jewell)
Barbara Krantz .... special thanks
Richard Krantz .... special thanks
Otto Nemenz .... special thanks

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Rated R for language and some sexual content
113 min
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Kelli Garner and Bryce Dallas Howard were considered for the role of Irene.See more »
Errors in geography: Amongst the "New York" street traffic was a Sanipac dump truck. Sanipac primarily serves the state of Oregon and not New York or anywhere on the east coast.See more »
Nancy Pecket:[pointing at Marcia] That bitch is evil!See more »
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4 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Theatrical Bravura in Contemporary Chekhov Update Makes for Uneven Viewing Experience, 23 June 2006
Author: Ed Uyeshima from San Francisco, CA, USA

When I think about it, there have been quite a few cinematic variations on Anton Chekhov's classic "The Three Sisters" from Woody Allen's austere "Interiors" to Diane Keaton's execrable "Hanging Up". Playwright-turned-screenwriter Richard Alfieri provides a more literal adaptation by updating the original play to the present and resetting it primarily in a Manhattan faculty lounge on the Upper West Side. Longtime TV director Arthur Allan Seidelman guides an impressive ensemble of actors in the proceedings, but the result unfortunately feels like a stagy TV-movie brimming with overripe theatrics. The abundance of characters and multi-layered set-up seem to make the actors chew the scenery excessively, though a few still make indelible impressions.

The structure and themes of the Chekhov play remain the same. The plot focuses on the four Prior siblings - Marcia, Olga, Irene and Andrew - and their clashing destinies and unraveling secrets furnish the drama as they get together for Irene's 22nd birthday party. Maria is the beautiful, vitriolic older sister unhappily married to a passive psychology professor while embarking on a torrid affair with Vincent, their father's former teaching assistant who has come unexpectedly for a visit. Irene is the buttoned-up middle sister, an English literature professor and by default the family conciliator. Irene is the protected baby sister whose sunny disposition masks deeper insecurities that lead to a crystal-meth overdose. Andrew is the weak, emasculated brother who has brought home Nancy, his slatternly fiancée, whom his sisters, especially Marcia, despise. There are others who encircle the family like a vise with their own histrionics - kindly department head Dr. Chebrin and dueling professors Gary Sokol and David Turzin, both in love with Irene and seething with rage against each other.

There are plenty of fireworks, but with so many characters to track, Seidelman produces a truncated flow to the story while making the movie itself feel overlong. The performances are all over the map, though each seems to have at least one bravura set piece. As she proves in David Cronenberg's "A History of Violence", Maria Bello is one of the strongest actresses on screen today and makes Marcia a memorably fiery character, especially as she lays into the vulgar Nancy or succumbs to Vincent's ardent attention. As Irene, the underused Mary Stuart Masterson brings a coiled sense of repression that makes the contrast between her and Marcia biting and poignant. Less interesting is Erika Christensen, who makes Irene sweetly vulnerable but cannot transcend the trite arc of her character. Chris O'Donnell barely registers as the romantically obsessive David, but Eric McCormack - who will have a challenge overcoming his pervasive Will Truman persona - is all sarcastic blather as Gary until he manages to convey the character's pathetic jealousy.

Elizabeth Banks - memorable as the lusty bookstore clerk in "The 40-Year Old Virgin" - makes the vulgarity of Nancy palpable if rather obvious with a wavering Bronx accent, while Alessandro Nivola - equally memorable as the pampered rock star in "Laurel Canyon" - is effectively passive as Andrew. Tony Goldwyn seems oddly stilted as Vincent, making him a dispassionate match for Marcia's voracious self-destruction. At times, the dialogue is insightful with clever zingers. At other times, it sounds laughably mannered, and the general dysfunctional situation gets wearing over time. A few cathartic moments shine through, especially toward the end when Marcia and Olga come to terms with each other. The DVD is short on extras - just the original trailer and an overly earnest commentary from Seidelman and Alfieri.

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