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Hannah and Her Sisters
- Woody Allen

Overview - Woody Allen combined the best parts of his earlier films in creating HANNAH AND HER SISTERS, his 1986 masterwork about the changing relationships among three sisters living in New York City. Hannah (Mia Farrow) has put her acting career aside in order to take care of her family with second husband Elliot (Michael Caine in an Oscar-winning performance).  Read more...

 
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Overview

Woody Allen combined the best parts of his earlier films in creating HANNAH AND HER SISTERS, his 1986 masterwork about the changing relationships among three sisters living in New York City. Hannah (Mia Farrow) has put her acting career aside in order to take care of her family with second husband Elliot (Michael Caine in an Oscar-winning performance). Elliot has fallen in love with Hannah's sister Lee (Barbara Hershey), who herself is feeling suffocated by her cynical, mean-spirited loner of a lover, played with great intensity by Ingmar Bergman regular Max von Sydow. Meanwhile, third sister Holly (Oscar winnner Dianne Wiest) is struggling to find her own voice, working as a caterer while she tries to get her own acting career going. And in the middle of everything is Mickey (Woody Allen at his most neurotic), a television writer who is divorced from Hannah, has dated Holly, and, when he suspects he might have a brain tumor, decides to reevaluate his life and his faith in God. HANNAH AND HER SISTERS is Allen's most fully realized, optimistic adult comedy. He won a well-deserved Oscar for his marvelous screenplay, filled with his trademark sharp, witty dialogue, his undying passion for New York (its culture, architecture, music, romance), and some of his most well developed characters. The cast is extraordinary, the music illuminating, the settings magnificent. Taking place over the course of a few Thanksgivings, Allen's insightful, wonderful film is a thoroughly enjoyable mature look at the trials, tribulations, and triumphs of family life.

Awards:
1986 - Academy Awards - Best Original Screenplay Winner
1986 - Academy Awards - Best Supporting Actor Winner
1986 - Academy Awards - Best Supporting Actress Winner

Cast List

Woody Allen - Actor/screenwriter/director
Allan Stewart Konigsberg - Actor/screenwriter/director
John Turturro - American Actor/Director, BARTON FINK (1991)
Julia Louis-Dreyfus - American actress, SEINFELD, NEW ADVENTURES OF OLD CHRISTINE
Stuart Wurtzel - Production Designer
Mia Farrow - American actress, ROSEMARY'S BABY (1968)
Maria de Lourdes Villiers Farrow - American actress, ROSEMARY'S BABY (1968)
Carrie Fisher - American actress, STAR WARS, POSTCARDS FROM THE EDGE
Susan E. Morse - Editor
Dianne Wiest - Oscar-winning American actress, BULLETS OVER BROADWAY (1994)
Barbara Hershey - American actress, PORTRAIT OF A LADY
Barbara Herzstein - American actress, PORTRAIT OF A LADY
Barbara Seagull - American actress, PORTRAIT OF A LADY
Maureen O'Sullivan - Actress, TARZAN THE APE MAN (1932)
Maureen Paula O'Sullivan - Actress, TARZAN THE APE MAN (1932)
Michael Bramon - Song Composer
Carlo Di Palma - Italian Director Of Photography/In USA
Robert Greenhut - Producer
Michael Caine - British Actor, ALFIE (1966)
Maurice Joseph Micklewhite Jr. - British Actor, ALFIE (1966)
Lloyd Nolan - American actor, MICHAEL SHAYNE series
Max Von Sydow - Swedish actor, director, THE EXORCIST
Max von Sydow - Swedish actor, director, THE EXORCIST
Jeffrey Kurland - Costumer

 
Details
    DVD Format
  • Format: DVD
  • Run Time: 107
  • Color Format: Color
  • UPC: 027616860453
  • Genre: Drama
  • Rating: PG-13 (MPAA)
  • Release Date: September 2004

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Synopsis:
Woody Allen's brilliant comedy examines the relationships and confusing romantic attachments of three sisters living in New York City.

Reviews:
"...Ardent, ambitious and memorable....[A] compassionate comedy..." - 12/14/1989 Rolling Stone, p.23


"...Nonstop exhilaration -- a dramatic comedy not quite like any other, and one that sets new standards for [Allen] as well as for all American movie makers..." - 02/07/1986 New York Times, p.C4


Included in the New York Times "10 BEST FILMS OF 1986" - 12/28/1986 New York Times, p.II,19


"...Mellow, beautiful, rich and brimming with love, HANNAH is the best Woody Allen yet and, quite simply, a great film..." - 02/07/1986 Los Angeles Times, p.C1


"...Allen interweaves the stories of Hannah, Lee and their other sister Holly with exemplary skill, creating a witty, sophisticated and brilliantly shot comedy-drama..." - 10/01/2002 Sight and Sound, p.63


5 stars out of 5 -- "Around these characters the film weaves a rich Chekhovian mix full of wry insights into the fragility of human emotions." - 02/01/2012 Total Film

 
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