Hannah And Her Sisters 1986

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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.~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide

Starring:
Woody Allen, Daniel Stern
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  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 42 minutes
Starring Woody Allen, Daniel Stern, Maureen O'Sullivan, Mia Farrow, Carrie Fisher, Lloyd Nolan, Michael Caine, Barbara Hershey
Director Woody Allen
Genres Comedy
Studio MGM ENTERTAINMENT
Rental release 19 August 2002
Main languages English
Dubbing Italian, Spanish, German, French
Subtitles Spanish, Portuguese, Greek, Dutch, French, Hungarian, Polish
Hearing impaired subtitles German, English

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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Pots TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 14 Aug. 2004
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Here we have a classic Woody script, fuelled by mid-life angst and fraught affections. It follows the relationship woes, conflicts and rivalries of three sisters. Into their lives comes Michael Caine, Woody Allen, and Max Von Sydow, and so the plot revolves around the interaction of these six characters, as they each contemplate their lot in life. Of the three men, we focus mainly on Woody, who frets about the meaning of his life, we focus a little on Michael, and not at all on Max - possibly the most interesting of them because of his odd approach to society. It is one of my favourite movies. I must have watched it 40 times. It has subtlety and style, and the script has pace even when it deals with the issues of small lives. In the middle we also get a snippet of E E Cummings' poem "Somewhere I Have Never Travelled".
For some reason, Woody's movies never get the full DVD treatment, and here we receive no narratives, documentaries or interviews. The DVD menu is bland and cheaply done. We are not even offered Dolby sound, though I concede that the movie was originally recorded in mono. What we do get is the movie, dubbed in five languages (English, German, French, Spanish and Italian) and theatrical trailer.
Woody is an important figure in cinema but not huge box-office. That may explain why MGM lavishes so little attention on the DVDs of his work.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By K. Gordon TOP 500 REVIEWER on 25 Jun. 2010
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A wonderful mix of moving and funny, thought provoking and silly. There's amazing acting all around from the first rate ensemble cast including Diane Wiest, Michael Caine (both of whom deservedly won Oscars), Max Von Sydow, Allen, Mia Farrow, Barbara Hershey etc.

(Mild spoiler) It features a rare movie happy ending that's actually earned!

This is probably the closest to Annie Hall of all Woody Allen films in the mix of wit, technical proficiency, sophisticated style, acting, emotion, etc. He takes a bevy of characters and creates a complex heartfelt portrait of family, lovers, friends, and artists that's funny but with insightful bite. A rare film that acknowledges how wonderful life is, without denying how hard it can be at the same time. Or at least how hard we find ways to make it.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Mr. D. Woods VINE VOICE on 4 Feb. 2001
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To my mind, only 'Annie Hall' has the beating of this excellent piece of drama. Mia Farrow, Dianne Wiest and Barbara Hershey are all wonderful as the three sisters and Woody himself is typically neurotic in his role as a hypochondriac comic writer. However, the best performance is from Michael Caine as the guilt-ridden husband who loves his wife (Farrow) but is infatuated with her beautiful and passionate sister (Hershey). Max von Sydow nearly steals the scene as Hershey's tempestuous artist lover and watch out for Carrie Fisher in a subsidary role. This is a beautiful film that is honest and yet uplifting in one motion, an absolute triumph in observational drama. If you're an Allen fan and do not yet own this film...well, what are you waiting for ? Buy it !
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By Keith M TOP 500 REVIEWER on 21 Dec. 2011
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Woody Allen's 1986 film Hannah and Her Sisters is, for me, very much a mixed bag. I was tempted to rate it as three star only, but, on the strength of the performances from Dianne Wiest, Barbara Hershey and, predictably I guess, Allen himself, it just edges into four star territory.

The film provides another example of Allen's take on life, as mixed between tragedy and comedy - albeit without a clear demarcation in all cases. But, for me, Allen achieves this mix much more effectively in one of his film classics, Crimes and Misdemeanours, than he does here.

As has become Allen's trademark, there are a number of narrative threads running through the film. Actress Hannah (solidly played by Mia Farrow) and her two sisters, Lee (Barbara Hershey, in easily her best film role for me) and Holly (played by the much underrated Dianne Wiest) provide the central storylines. Hannah's husband Elliot (Michael Caine) becomes obsessed by Lee, who herself is suffering marriage ructions with her artist husband Frederick (played with admirable gravity by Max von Sydow), and the two embark on a passionate affair. Meantime, (ex-)drug addict Holly is struggling to find her path in life, rapidly moving between the various men in her life and numerous career paths, much to the dismay of sister Hannah. The other main storyline features Hannah's ex-husband, TV producer Mickey Sachs (played by Allen), who is also beginning to despair at life and obsessing that he has a terminal medical condition. Following some hilarious diagnosis scenes with various doctors, Mickey is given the all clear, at which point he decides he needs to find the true meaning of life, by means of religious conversion to catholicism (or maybe even Hare Krishna), much to the disgust of his Jewish parents.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By schumann_bg TOP 50 REVIEWER on 14 May 2012
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This is one of Woody Allen's most profoundly touching films, dating from the mid-eighties run of releases that were fully-integrated dramas rather than the more comic-sketch style of his earlier work. It feels a bit like a very comfortable brown leather chair that fits your shape and that allows you a more upholstered view of the world for the time you are in it. Not that Allen had abandoned his comic style; it is very much in evidence, but the context has more depth. All the performances are brilliant, starting with the three sisters - presumably based on Chekhov - and it is amazing how he writes the undercurrents in their relationships so seamlessly into the script. The lunch date with the three of them shows this. The friction between the Dianne Wiest character and Mia Farrow is conveyed so subtly and, in a way, quite painfully, yet it is contained within the broader comic framework of the film. Michael Caine has amazing comic timing, and his character's temptation to go astray forms the central plot strand. The way this is handled and resolved is very satisfying and you feel you have walked around the hidden recesses of the heart - and Manhattan - by the time the credits roll, but with a gentle, conciliatory spirit guiding you through, for all the hilarity along the way.
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