Hannah and Her Sisters

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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.

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Mia Farrow
as Hannah
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
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
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
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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  • Oct 08, 2013
    One of the Woody Allen games of the 80s that is often not talked about with the best of Allen's canon. it is nonetheless memorable and worth the view if you are tired of watching Annie Hall ad nauseum.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • Jul 11, 2013
    It's no Bananas, but really, what is?
    Julie B Super Reviewer
  • Feb 16, 2013
    Hannah and her Sisters is briskly paced, emotionally poignant consistently humorous and features one of the most memorable ensemble casts in romantic comedy history, propelling it to the heights of Woody Allen's best.
    Isaac H Super Reviewer
  • Aug 14, 2012
    Energetic in the way it's directed, clever in the way it's written. Equally funny and dramatic, this is one of Allen's best. Solid acting, all around.
    Hugo S Super Reviewer

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