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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Lee
... April
... Elliot
... Hannah
... Holly
... Norma
... Evan
... Frederick (as Max Von Sydow)
... Mickey
... Paul
... Mary
... Larry
... Gail
... Ed Smythe
... Writer
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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

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Hannah y sus hermanas  »

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$6,400,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

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

Gross USA:

$40,084,041
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1.85 : 1
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In the trailer, April and David discuss a painting in an art gallery. The scene is not in the final film. See more »

Goofs

In the record store, among the index dividers labeled with the names of jazz artists is one labeled Suburban Lawns (an L.A. New Wave band). It is out of place for the section, both by genre and alphabetically. 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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Concerto For Harpsichord In F minor
by Johann Sebastian Bach (as J.S. Bach)
Performed by Gustav Leonhardt (as Leonhardt Gustav), Leonhardt-Consort (as Leonhardt - Consort)
Courtesy of Teldec Schallplatten GMBH
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Perceptive comedy-drama, but not a masterpiece.
21 January 2000 | by See all my reviews

"Hannah and Her Sisters" is a very good movie that, unfortunately, falls short of greatness. Alternately entertaining (as a comedy) and penetrating (as a drama), this film has many wonderful moments, and is filled with superb dialogue. All the actors deliver first-rate performances; Michael Cain in genuinely touching when he is trying to decide his next moves in his life, Hershey is warm and radiant and Allen himself is delightful in his role. The script is perceptive throughout (look for the scenes when Caine shares his thoughts and plans with us) and the main characters do have depth.

The only flaw here (and, I think, a crucial one) is the too-tidy ending. I wouldn't have preferred a thoroughly depressing conclusion, but the way everything gets "settled" in the end was just too neat. Still, I read somewhere that the "upbeat" tone of the ending was "required" partly by the studio who made the film, so I guess this flaw is forgivable. Nevertheless, it doesn't allow this movie to become a masterpiece.


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