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 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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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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PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Mia Farrow admitted "a small sick feeling . . . deep inside me" which "I shared with nobody was my fear that 'Hannah and Her Sisters' had openly and clearly spelled out his feelings for my sister. But this was fiction, I told myself . . . so I put those thoughts out of my mind." See more »

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When Lee is about to play a record for Elliot, the music starts before the needle touches the vinyl. 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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Referenced in Red Oaks: The Bris (2016) See more »

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Polkadots and Moonbeams
by Johnny Burke and Jimmy Van Heusen (as James Van Heusen)
Performed by Dick Hyman (uncredited)
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A perfect movie
10 July 1999 | by juliette-6See all my reviews

This is what I would call a perfect film. This was my first Woody Allen experience and I have been shamelessly hooked ever since! I have probably seen it about 20x's and I always love it!! It has it all; it's hysterically funny at times (the hypochodriac), it's incredibly painful(afternoons) at others and the blending of the characters paths(lucky I ran into you) is just beautiful. I watch this movie every couple of months when I need a little cheering up and it always works. Highly recommended.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 March 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hannah and Her Sisters See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$6,400,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,265,826, 9 February 1986

Gross USA:

$40,084,041

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$40,084,041
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Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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