Hannah and Her Sisters

Hannah and Her Sisters

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Cast: Mia Farrow, Barbara Hershey, Dianne Wiest

     
 

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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…  See more details below

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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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The film that, in the words of one critic, established Woody Allen as the urban poet of our anxiety-ridden age, Hannah and Her Sisters was Allen's most accomplished film since Manhattan. Returning Allen to the landscape of his beloved Manhattan, Hannah was a warm, perceptive, deeply human affair with a distinctly Chekhovian feel (starting from its three sisters motif), a dramatic comedy that elevated longing, discontent, and hope into a kind of artistic expression. The film seemed to differ from Allen's previous works in its attitude; with Hannah, he seemed to reach a state of contentment, pleasing himself as he pleased his audience. The cinema's undisputed kingpin of neurosis and self-doubt, Allen had always produced material that was dependably quick-witted and literate, but tinged with perpetual dissatisfaction. With Hannah, Allen finally appeared to be enjoying himself, and in so doing he set a new standard for both himself and other comedy filmmakers. Rich, intricately detailed, and novel-like in its narrative scope, it was perhaps Allen's most complete and satisfying film, taking its cues from his past work while beckoning in new directions for the future.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/15/2013
UPC:
0883904284901
Original Release:
1986
Rating:
PG13
Source:
Mgm (Video & Dvd)
Region Code:
A
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound]
Time:
1:47:00
Sales rank:
14,902

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Woody Allen Mickey
Mia Farrow Hannah
Barbara Hershey Lee
Dianne Wiest Holly
Carrie Fisher April
Michael Caine Elliott
Maureen O'Sullivan Norma
Lloyd Nolan Hannah's father
Max von Sydow Frederick
Daniel Stern Dusty
39 Steps Rock Band
Carrotte Theater Executive
Stephen Defluiter Dr. Brooks
Verno O. Hobson Mavis
Fletcher Farrow Previn Actor
Lewis Black Paul
Julia Louis-Dreyfus Mary
Christian Clemenson Larry
Julie Kavner Gail
J.T. Walsh Ed Smythe
John Turturro Writer
Rusty Magee Ron
Artie Decheser Hannah's Twin
Ira Wheeler Dr. Abel
Richard Jenkins Dr. Wilkes
Tracy Kennedy Brunch Guest
Fred Melamed Fr. Grey
Benno Schmidt Dr. Smith
Joanna Gleason Carol
Maria Chiara Manon Lescaut
Bobby Short Himself
Rob Scott Drummer
Beverly Peer Bass Player
Daisy Previn Hannah's Child
Moses Farrow Hannah's Child
Paul Bates Theater Manager
Mary Pappas Theater Executive
Bernie Leighton Audition Pianist
Ken Costigan Father Flynn
Helen Miller Mickey's Mother
Leo Postrel Mickey's Father
Susan Gordon-Clark Hostess
William Sturgis Elliot's Analyst
Daniel Haber Krishna
John Doumanian Thanksgiving Guest
Ivan Kronenfeld Lee's Husband
Sam Waterston David

Technical Credits
Woody Allen Director,Screenwriter
Fern Buchner Makeup
Robert Greenhut Producer
Jack Rollins Executive Producer
Carol Joffe Set Decoration/Design
Charles H. Joffe Executive Producer
Jeffrey Kurland Costumes/Costume Designer
Susan E. Morse Editor
Carlo Di Palma Cinematographer
Ezra Swerdlow Associate Producer,Production Manager
Juliet Taylor Casting
Stuart Wurtzel Production Designer

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Hannah and Her Sisters 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Arguably one of Woody Allen's two or three finest films to date, "Hannah and Her Sisters" shifts his own figure further away from the center of the story than he has ever been before, treating him as one of nine prominent characters in the action. Allen's screenplay weaves in ingenious tapestry around three sisters, their parents, assorted mates, lovers, and friends (including Allen as Hanna's ex-husband Mickey Sachs). A Chekhovian exploration of upper-middle-class world of a group of New Yorkers a decade after "Annie Hall", "Hannah" is deliberately episodic in structure, its sequences separated by Brechtian title cards that suggest thematic elements of each succeeding segment. Yet it is an extraordinary seamless film, unified by the family at its center three Thanksgiving dinner scenes at key intervals, an exquisite color celebration of an idyllic New York City and music by Cole Porter, Rodgers and Hart, and Puccini (among others) that italicizes the genuinely romantic nature of the film's tone. The most optimistic of Allen's major films, "Hannah" restores its inhabitants to a world of pure comedy, their futures epitomized by the fate of Mickey Sachs. For once, the Allen figure is a man who will live happily ever after, a man formerly sterile, now apparently fertile, as is comedy's magical way. [filmfactsman]
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie has everything to entertain: romance,conflict,great music, fabulous one-liners, beautifully photographed Manhatten, neurosis - XXX, and a twist at the end. It is a lovely glass of wine.
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