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The Sisters (2005)

R | | Drama | 26 June 2008 (Greece)
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Based on Anton Chekov's "The Three Sisters" about siblings living in a college town who struggle with the death of their father and try to reconcile relationships in their own lives.


Richard Alfieri (screenplay), Richard Alfieri (play) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Elizabeth Banks ... Nancy Pecket
Maria Bello ... Marcia Prior Glass
Erika Christensen ... Irene Prior
Steven Culp ... Dr. Harry Glass
Tony Goldwyn ... Vincent Antonelli
Mary Stuart Masterson ... Olga Prior
Eric McCormack ... Gary Sokol
Alessandro Nivola ... Andrew Prior
Chris O'Donnell ... David Turzin
Rip Torn ... Dr. Chebrin
Greg Foote Greg Foote ... August Prior
Carolyn S. Chambers Carolyn S. Chambers ... Female Customer (as Carolyn Chambers)
Ed Ragozzino Ed Ragozzino ... Minister
Barbara Bechtel Barbara Bechtel ... Nurse
Tegue DeLeon Tegue DeLeon ... Paramedic #1


Based on Anton Chekov's "The Three Sisters" about siblings living in a college town who struggle with the death of their father and try to reconcile relationships in their own lives.

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Every family has its secrets



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and some sexual content | See all certifications »






Release Date:

26 June 2008 (Greece) See more »

Also Known As:

A három nővér See more »

Filming Locations:

Cottage Grove, Oregon, USA See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Marcia Prior Glass: I suppose I fared better than Andrew who had to hand his balls over to father... only one pair allowed in the house at a time, you know. After father died, Andrew got them back but strangely enough he keeps looking for someone else to give them to. Olga and I passed them back and forth for a while but we really didn't want them... He finally found a real taker in Nancy who it seems had been looking for an extra pair for quite some time.
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Well-acted dramedy with a few flaws
27 July 2006 | by Factory_GirlSee all my reviews

'The Sisters' is a lovely little family drama that I nearly missed. Obviously, I was glad I didn't.

At first, the movie just looks like two hours of people fighting with each other, and it is. But (highly due to Ms. Bello's performance)there is so much more than that: a human aspect and real characters (for the most part). However one-note the people may be, the writer adds little things here and there to make them diverse and relatable.

Maria Bello, as always, is amazing. She plays the angry sister, the one who is always prepared for an argument. Her performance is the best thing about the film. Bello expertly shows the changes her character experiences over the course of the movie. In the beginning, she is just shown as a snotty, sarcastic, rude woman. Over time, she lets us see the hidden vulnerability of a normally dull character, and by the end of the movie, Bello not only plays her part but becomes it, creating a human out of a very underwritten role.

Erika Christensen was a surprise. While she is not Evan Rachel Wood or Scarlett Johansson, she still has plenty talent for someone so young. With only one above average performance to her name (Traffic), I expected much less of her but she blew me away with her performance as the shy little sister. She is quite promising and again, I hope to see more of her.

The rest of the cast is just as good. Elizabeth Banks plays her role perfectly. She makes a seemingly one-dimensional person show more emotion than expected. Mary Stuart Masterson is also good, but I found her performance the most lacking.

Now for the flaws: the screenplay. Truthfully, they are all supposed to be college professors or students, but the vocabulary used is the most advanced I've seen in a film. This may sound like a stupid flaw, but it was the thing I noticed the most while watching this movie as it is as unrealistic as possible. It proves effective in a multitude of arguments, but it doesn't reveal anything about the characters aside from the fact that they are inhumanly smart. The other flaw is that the brother barely has any historical background shown, while his sisters reveal many of their memories; however, he is never in them. If the filmmakers had explored the characters, their relationships, and their motivation more, some of their actions wouldn't seem so absurd or out of place.

A very charming movie about anger, forgiveness, and family. ***/****.

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