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Hannah and Her Sisters ()


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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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Lee
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April
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Elliot
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Hannah
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Holly
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Norma
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Evan
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Frederick (as Max Von Sydow)
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Mickey
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Paul
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Mary
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Larry
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Gail
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Ed Smythe
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Writer
Rusty Magee ...
Ron
Allen DeCheser ...
Hannah's Twins
Artie DeCheser ...
Hannah's Twins
Ira Wheeler ...
Dr. Abel
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Dr. Wilkes
Tracy Kennedy ...
Brunch Guest
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Dr. Grey
Benno Schmidt ...
Dr. Smith
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Carol
Maria Chiara ...
Manon Lescaut
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Dusty
Stephen De Fluiter ...
Dr. Brooks (as Stephen deFluiter)
The 39 Steps ...
Rock Band
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Himself
Rob Scott ...
Drummer
Beverly Peer ...
Bass Player
Daisy Previn ...
Hannah's Children
Moses Farrow ...
Hannah's Children
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Theater Manager
Carrotte ...
Theater Executive
Mary Pappas ...
Theater Executive
Bernie Leighton ...
Audition Pianist
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Father Flynn
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Mickey's Mother
Leo Postrel ...
Mickey's Father
Susan Gordon-Clark ...
Hostess
William Sturgis ...
Elliot's Analyst
Daniel Haber ...
Hare Krishna
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Mavis
John Doumanian ...
Thanksgiving Guest
Fletcher Previn ...
Thanksgiving Guest
Irwin J. Tenenbaum ...
Thanksgiving Guest (as Irwin Tenenbaum)
Amy Greenhill ...
Thanksgiving Guest
Dickson Shaw ...
Thanksgiving Guest
Marje Sheridan ...
Thanksgiving Guest
Ivan Kronenfeld ...
Lee's Husband
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Thomas C. Adams ...
Street walk bumper
Chris Barry ...
Vocalist in The 39 Steps (uncredited)
Michael Bramon ...
Drummer in The 39 Steps (uncredited)
Joe Cerratto ...
Bass Player in The 39 Steps (uncredited)
Chaturatma Dasa ...
Hare Krishna (uncredited)
Saradiya Devi Dasi ...
Hare Krishna (uncredited)
Pierre Major ...
Guitarist in The 39 Steps (uncredited)
Branden Marlowe ...
Church guest (uncredited)
Richard 'Rasatala' Masla ...
Hare Krishna (uncredited)
Richard Paul ...
Guitarist in The 39 Steps (uncredited)
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Thanksgiving Guest (uncredited)
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Norman - Mickey's Ex-partner (uncredited)
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David (uncredited)

Directed by

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Woody Allen

Written by

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Woody Allen ... (written by)

Produced by

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Robert Greenhut ... producer
Charles H. Joffe ... executive producer
Jack Rollins ... executive producer
Gail Sicilia ... associate producer

Cinematography by

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Carlo Di Palma ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Susan E. Morse

Editorial Department

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Nicole Holofcener ... apprentice film editor
Richard Nord ... assistant film editor
Suzanne Pillsbury ... assistant film editor
Tom San Martin ... negative matcher (uncredited)
Arnold Shuster ... negative matcher (uncredited)

Casting By

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Juliet Taylor

Production Design by

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Stuart Wurtzel

Set Decoration by

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Carol Joffe

Costume Design by

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Jeffrey Kurland

Makeup Department

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Fern Buchner ... makeup designer
Romaine Greene ... hair designer
Craig Lyman ... key makeup artist (uncredited)

Production Management

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Ezra Swerdlow ... production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Sally Andrews ... dga trainee
Ken Ornstein ... second assistant director
Thomas A. Reilly ... first assistant director (as Thomas Reilly)

Art Department

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Pasquale Grossi ... set: Segment from the opera 'Manon Lescaut' by Puccini
Dan Leigh ... assistant: to Mr. Wurtzel
James Mazzola ... property master
James Sorice ... standby scenic artist
Dave Weinman ... set dresser
Frank Didio ... head carpenter (uncredited)
Ron Petagna ... construction coordinator (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Lee Dichter ... re-recording mixer: Sound One Corporation
Noreen Evans ... assistant sound editor
Jack Fitzstephens ... sound editor
Les Lazarowitz ... production sound mixer
Tod A. Maitland ... sound recordist (as Tod Maitland)
Linda Murphy ... boom operator
Marko A. Costanzo ... foley artist (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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Ronald Burke ... dolly grip
Vincent Delaney ... best boy (as Vin Delaney)
Brian Hamill ... still photographer
Douglas C. Hart ... assistant cameraman
Jamie Jacobson ... additional photography (as Jamie Jacobsen)
Dick Mingalone ... camera operator
Robert Paone ... second assistant cameraman (as Bob Paone)
Ray Quinlan ... gaffer
Robert Ward ... key grip (as Bob Ward)
Garrett Brown ... steadicam operator (uncredited)
Chris Hammond ... electrician (uncredited)
Douglas Pellegrino ... assistant camera (uncredited)

Casting Department

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Ellen Lewis ... casting assistant
Todd Thaler ... additional casting (as Todd Michael Thaler)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Mark Burchard ... wardrobe supervisor: men's
Patricia Eiben ... wardrobe supervisor: women's

Location Management

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Nicholas Bernstein ... location scout
Timothy M. Bourne ... location manager (as Timothy Marshall Bourne)
Barbara Heller ... location scout
Sandy Nelson ... location coordinator
Ora Ramat ... location scout
Dana Robin ... location scout
Mario Iscovich ... location manager (uncredited)

Music Department

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Georgi Badev ... performer: "Concerto for Two Violins and Orchestra:
The Choir of the Church of The Transfiguration ... choir
John Gordon Morris ... choirmaster

Transportation Department

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Harry J. Leavey ... transportation captain (as Harry Leavey)
Patrick Hogan ... driver (uncredited)

Other crew

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Kay Chapin ... script supervisor
Kris Cole ... production staff
James A. Davis ... production staff (as James Davis)
Pam Gartrell ... production staff
Richard Guay ... assistant production auditor
Joseph Hartwick ... production auditor
Amy Herman ... assistant production coordinator
Carlo Maestrini ... director: Segment from the opera 'Manon Lescaut' by Puccini
Jane Read Martin ... assistant: to Mr. Allen
Tom McKinley ... associate: to Mr. Kurland
Helen Robin ... production coordinator
Hillary Rollins ... production staff
Angela Salgado ... production staff
Judson Schwartz ... production staff (as Jud Schwartz)
Carl Turnquest Jr. ... projectionist
Dennis Kear ... stand-in: Woody Allen (uncredited)
Grant Harper Reid ... production assistant (uncredited)

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Marshall Arisman ... the producers gratefully acknowledge and wish to thank for their assistance: Frederick's oils courtesy of
Randall Rupert ... the producers gratefully acknowledge and wish to thank for their assistance: Frederick's drawings courtesy of
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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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 Mickey together following her own break-up with Mickey, Holly and Mickey's sole date which arguably was the worst night in both their lives. Holly turns to Hannah for everything in her life, including money, despite feeling Hannah overly judgmental about her failures. It's during a catering job that Holly and April meet David, an architect, who seems interested in both of them. Holly's insecurities may threaten her potential relationship with David and friendship with April. Lee, who collects unemployment, is metaphorically the family's piece of clay waiting for the right artist to mold her. She has long lived with artist Frederick, who has contempt for everyone except her, and as such relies on her for whatever his connection to the outside world. This already complex collective becomes even more complex when Elliot contemplates telling Lee that he has fallen in love with her. His attraction to her is as much feeling unneeded by Hannah, who he does not want to hurt regardless of what he decides to do with respect to Lee. Written by Huggo

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Also Known As
  • Hannah et ses soeurs (France)
  • Hannah und ihre Schwestern (Germany)
  • Hannah i les seves germanes (Spain, Catalan title)
  • Hannah y sus hermanas (Spain)
  • Hana a její sestry (Czechoslovakia)
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Runtime
  • 107 min
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Budget $6,400,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend United States $1,265,826, 09 Feb 1986

Did You Know?

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Trivia Many of Hannah's scenes were filmed in Mia Farrow's own apartment. Writer and Director Woody Allen said that Farrow once had the eerie experience of turning on the television, finding a chance broadcast of the movie, and seeing her own apartment on television, while she was sitting in it. 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 »
Movie Connections Featured in Power/Down and Out in Beverly Hills/Hannah and Her Sisters/The Best of Times (1986). See more »
Soundtracks Sola, perduta abbandonata See more »
Quotes Mickey: One day about a month ago, I really hit bottom. Ya know I just felt that in a Godless universe I didn't wanna go on living. Now I happen to own this rifle, which I loaded believe it or not, and pressed it to my forehead. And I remember thinking, I'm gonna kill myself. Then I thought, what if I'm wrong, what if there is a God. I mean, after all nobody really knows that. Then I thought no, ya know maybe is not good enough, I want certainty or nothing. And I remember very clearly, the clock was ticking, and I was sitting there frozen with the gun to my head, debating whether to shoot.
[gun fires]
Mickey: All of a sudden the gun went off. I had been so tense my finger squeezed the trigger inadvertantly. But I was perspiring so much the gun had slid off my forehead and missed me. Suddenly neighbors were pounding on the door, and I dunno the whole scene was just pandemonium. I ran to the door, I didn't know what to say. I was embarrassed and confused and my mind was racing a mile a minute. And I just knew one thing I had to get out of that house, I had to just get out in the fresh air and clear my head. I remember very clearly I walked the streets, I walked and I walked I didn't know what was going through my mind, it all seemed so violent and unreal to me. I wandered for a long time on the upper west side, it must have been hours. My feet hurt, my head was pounding, and I had to sit down I went into a movie house. I didn't know what was playing or anything I just needed a moment to gather my thoughts and be logical and put the world back into rational perspective. And I went upstairs to the balcony, and I sat down, and the movie was a film that I'd seen many times in my life since I was a kid, and I always loved it. I'm watching these people up on the screen and I started getting hooked on the film. I started to feel, how can you even think of killing yourself, I mean isn't it so stupid. Look at all the people up there on the screen, they're real funny, and what if the worst is true. What if there is no God and you only go around once and that's it. Well, ya know, don't you wanna be part of the experience? You know, what the hell it's not all a drag. And I'm thinking to myself, Jeez, I should stop ruining my life searching for answers I'm never gonna get, and just enjoy it while it lasts. And after who knows, I mean maybe there is something, nobody really knows. I know maybe is a very slim reed to hang your whole life on, but that's the best we have. And then I started to sit back, and I actually began to enjoy myself.
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