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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

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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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Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

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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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Trivia

This is the only film that Mia Farrow (Hannah) and her mother Maureen O'Sullivan (Norma) made together. See more »

Goofs

When Lee is about to play a record for Elliot, the music starts before the needle touches the vinyl. See more »

Quotes

[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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Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Laserblast (1996) See more »

Soundtracks

I'm in Love Again
by Cole Porter
Performed by Bobby Short (uncredited)
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WOODMAN'S 2ND OR 3RD BEST!
5 November 2004 | by shepardjessica-1See all my reviews

Except for MANHATTAN, this stands alongside of ANNIE HALL as the top of the game for the brilliant Woody Allen. A total rep company atmosphere (in New York) with Michael Caine giving one of his most subtle and touching performances. Dianne Wiest (her 1st of 2 Oscars for W. Allen films) is striking, funny, and ultimately all too human. Barbara Hershey (always talented since LAST SUMMER) has the perfect role at her age, at that stage of her career, to play Lee (one of the sisters), and Mia Farrow was born to play Hannah (the all-too-together control freak). Add in Max Von Sydow (superb), Daniel Stern buying ART by the yard, and Lloyd Noland Maureen O'Sullivan (Mia's real-life Mom who played Jane in the Tarzan flicks of the 30's) are belligerent and beautiful.

A 9 out of 10. Best performance = Diane Wiest. If you don't get this one, give it up (especially if you don't trust Woody Allen), check into a New Mexico motel, pretend you know Dennis Hopper in the 70's, and buy ice all night long..waiting for Karen Black.


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