Hannah Free


Hannah Free

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Claudia Allen adapts her own play detailing the decades-long love affair between a butch lesbian and a religious housewife for the screen in a film directed by Wendy Jo Carlton. The story begins in a nursing home, where an elderly Hannah (Sharon Gless) has been forbidden from visiting Rachel, the love of her life. Rachel is in a coma, and since Hannah is not family, she is refused entrance into her longtime lover's room. As Hannah's memories drift gently back into the past, she recalls her relationship with Rachel, which began when they were just young girls. Just when it begins to look as if Hannah will never see Rachel again, a sympathetic student offers to help her circumvent the traditional hospital rules regarding visitors. In the process of attempting to get one last glimpse of her beloved, however, Hannah is forced to come to terms with the fact that Rachel's view of their relationship wasn't all roses.


Sharon Gless
as Hannah Free
Kelli Strickland
as Hannah (30s)
Ann Hagemann
as Rachel (30s)
Pat Kane
as Minister
Meg Thalken
as Mail Lady
Casey Tutton
as Young Hannah
Elita Ernsteen
as Young Rachel
Bev Spangler
as Night Nurse
Brad Harbaugh
as Male Nurse
Kate D. Mahoney
as Woman in Bar
Shawn Murray
as Activities Nurse
Dennis Stewart
as Old Man With Walker
Roberta 'Dolly' Baruch
as Backgammon Player
Jon Philips
as Jigsaw Player
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Critic Reviews for Hannah Free

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  • Hannah Free is a tear-jerker about longtime lesbian lovers languishing in the same Michigan nursing home.

    Dec 11, 2009 | Rating: 2.5/5
  • It might be OK some early morning on an obscure cable network. But that's it.

    Dec 11, 2009 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…
  • Gray-haired Gless grouches with embarrassing abandon while chatting with the young ghost of her soulmate and befriending a mysterious girl (Jackson).

    Dec 9, 2009 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

    Nick Schager

    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • Hannah Free affords a terrific role for Sharon Gless.

    Dec 7, 2009 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
  • Decent production values can't fend off the feeling that the pic should have been consigned, if not to the stage, then to the smallscreen.

    Oct 23, 2009

    Justin Chang

    Top Critic
  • Hannah Free is as predictable as a Hallmark Channel movie, although there's undeniable pleasure to be had from watching Gless mumble and grumble and generally chew the scenery. Cagney lives, and she's as cranky as ever.

    Oct 22, 2009 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Hannah Free

  • Oct 26, 2009
    Quiet but never depressing movie about love, life, death and saying goodbye - with a marvelous cast, especially the amazing Sharon Gless. Great film.
    Ina S Super Reviewer

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