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Hannah and Her Sisters (1986)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama | 14 March 1986 (USA)
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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.

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Woody Allen

Writer:

Woody Allen
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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
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Storyline

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 Huggo

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 March 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hannah y sus hermanas See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$6,400,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,265,826, 9 February 1986, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$40,084,041
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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This movie, and Bullets Over Broadway (1994), are the two Woody Allen films with the most Oscar nominations. Hannah and Her Sisters (1986) won the Best Actress in a Supporting Role award for Dianne Wiest, the Best Actor in a Supporting Role award for Michael Caine, and the Best Writing and Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen for Woody Allen. It was nominated also for: Robert Greenhut for Best Picture, Susan E. Morse for Best Film Editing, Stuart Wurtzel and Carol Joffe for Best Art Direction/Set Direction, and Woody Allen for Best Director. See more »

Goofs

Mickey's audiometry doctor tells him he has a loss of hearing in the "high decibels" region. He clearly meant "high frequency" region, as "high decibels" refers to increased loudness. See more »

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[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. 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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You Made Me Love You
by Joseph McCarthy and James V. Monaco
Performed by Harry James
Courtesy of Capitol Records, Inc.
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Woody's best 80's movie
26 August 2001 | by MisterWhiplashSee all my reviews

Woody Allen makes movies that will sometimes be partial duds with great lines and characters, and then he'll make an all around great movie like Manhattan, Sleeper or Deconstructing Harry. In the 80's, he had a period where most of his films were generally great (Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy might be the exception). But this is one of the gems in that period, a comedy with great acting matched with a finely tuned screenplay.

Though not without an ending that leaves everything a little too neat (however upon pressure from the studio, not Allen's original intentions of course), this is another relationship-centric picture, with the side-bar of Woody's character being chronically afraid of death and what comes after it. Deservedly his last big award winner, it's a possibility for my favorite Woody 80s movie (even if the experience in the theater sucked- the downside to seeing an Allen movie is the large amount of old people, and the occasional old man who sits very close with a constantly shifting candy wrapper, smacking lips, and a penchant for a horrible sinus conditon...just think who the fans of Woody movies will be then they croak).


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