Hannah and Her Sisters (1986)

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Critic Consensus: Smart, tender, and funny in equal measure, Hannah and Her Sisters is one of Woody Allen's finest films.

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A Woody Allen Manhattan mosaic, Hannah and Her Sisters concerns the lives, loves, and infidelities among a tightly-knit artistic clan. Hannah (Mia Farrow) regularly meets with her sisters Holly (Dianne Wiest) and Lee (Barbara Hershey) to discuss the week's events. It's what they don't always tell each other that forms the film's various subplots. Hannah is married to accountant and financial planner Elliot (Michael Caine), who carries a torch for Lee, who in turn lives with pompous Soho artist Frederick (Max Von Sydow). Meanwhile, Holly, a neurotic actress and eternal loser in love, dates TV producer Mickey (Allen), who used to be married to Hannah and spends most of the film convinced that he's about to die. Appearing in supporting parts are Lloyd Nolan and Maureen O'Sullivan (Farrow's real mom), as the eternally bickering husband-and-wife acting team who are the parents of Hannah and her sisters. The film begins and ends during the family's traditional Thanksgiving dinner, filmed in Farrow's actual New York apartment. Unbilled cameos are contributed by Sam Waterston as one of Wiest's brief amours and Tony Roberts as one of Allen's friends. Hannah and Her Sisters collected Oscars for Michael Caine, Dianne Wiest, and Woody Allen's screenplay.
Rating:
PG-13 (adult situations/language)
Genre:
Comedy , Drama , Romance
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Studio:
Orion Pictures

Cast

Woody Allen
as Mickey
Mia Farrow
as Hannah
Michael Caine
as Elliot
Lloyd Nolan
as Hannah's father
Maureen O'Sullivan
as Hannah's Mother
Max von Sydow
as Frederick
The 39 Steps
as Rock Band
J.T. Walsh
as Ed Smythe
John Turturro
as Writer
Allen DeCheser
as Hannah's Twin
Artie DeCheser
as Hannah's Twin
Ira Wheeler
as Dr. Abel
Richard Jenkins
as Dr. Wilkes
Tracy Kennedy
as Brunch Guest
Fred Melamed
as Dr. Grey
Benno Schmidt
as Dr. Smith
Maria Chiara
as Manon Lescaut
Stephen Defluiter
as Dr. Brooks
Bobby Short
as Himself
Rob Scott
as Drummer
Beverly Peer
as Bass Player
Daisy Previn
as Hannah's Child
Moses Farrow
as Hannah's Child
Paul Bates
as Theater Manager
Carrotte
as Theater Executive
Mary Pappas
as Theater Executive
Bernie Leighton
as Audition Pianist
Ken Costigan
as Father Flynn
Helen Miller
as Mickey's Mother
Leo Postrel
as Mickey's Father
William Sturgis
as Elliot's Analyst
Daniel Haber
as Krishna
John Doumanian
as Thanksgiving Guest
Fletcher Farrow Previn
as Thanksgiving Guest
Irwin Tenenbaum
as Thanksgiving Guest
Amy Greenhill
as Thanksgiving Guest
Dickson Shaw
as Thanksgiving Guest
Marje Sheridan
as Thanksgiving Guest
Ivan Kronenfeld
as Lee's Husband
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Critic Reviews for Hannah and Her Sisters

All Critics (54) | Top Critics (11)

The marvel of Hannah and Her Sisters is just how many fully realized characters and relationships Allen is able to weave into the fabric of this extraordinarily well-written film. This script is one to be studied by aspiring filmmakers.

Full Review… | February 10, 2014
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

Perfection is boring, but boring is the very last word to describe Hannah and Her Sisters, which just may be a perfect movie.

Full Review… | February 10, 2014
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

Hannah and Her Sisters is structured ingeniously so that seemingly separate stories eventually merge in satisfying ways.

Full Review… | February 10, 2014
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

Hannah and Her Sisters is also filmmaking of consummate skill and emotional range. It encompasses brilliant comedy and almost unbearable poignance -- often in the same scene.

Full Review… | February 10, 2014
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic

Allen weaves together the complex narrative strands with ease, punctuating the many variations on betrayal and love with three festive Thanksgiving dinners.

Full Review… | February 10, 2014
New Yorker
Top Critic

Its plot has the elegant geometry of a Philip Barry play.

Full Review… | November 20, 2008
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Hannah and Her Sisters

What makes this film so special and unforgettable - right there with its flawless structure, impeccable direction, three-dimensional characters and phenomenal dialogue - is seeing Woody Allen be won over by such a surprising amount of optimism, and the result is... perfection.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

½

The pastiche structure of this film is complex though sometimes unsatisfyingly slow. This dysfunctional literati family struggles with passive-aggressive sororal jealousy and spousal musical chairs. The titular character is the least developed. Hannah's acting talent and togetherness is only talked about through pervasive monologues; her strengths and demons are never really shown. Nice uncredited cameo from caterpillar-browed Sam Waterston from "The Newsroom"!

Alice Shen
Alice Shen

Super Reviewer

It's no Bananas, but really, what is?

Julie B
Julie B

Super Reviewer

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