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

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By Thomas Pots TOP 500 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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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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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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Considered by the plaudits to one of Woody Allen's most successful films, you are reminded that although it may seem to the Allen detractors that he only has one joke and a paranoiac one at that. Allen and that joke appears here again, but this really is a thoroughly good and well structured piece of work. At times you can be convinced that it has a classic almost Shakespearian structure. The three female leads are wonderful and Michael Caine deserves his Bafta for best supporting actor. Certainly a 4* Woody Allen film.
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This has to be, undoubtedly, one of Woody Allen's masterpieces. One of the films in which he begins to break away from his usual style, Allen focuses both on his typical neurotic, quavering character and also on the lives of three sisters, one of which he was previously married to. The insight into their tangled and deceitful lives, the lies and games played around each other and, at the same time, their deep love, are shown both humourously and with incredible sensitivity. The film is beautifully shot and flits quickly from one instance to the next, weaving together a potentially bland story and making it a cinematic joy.
Allen plays Mickey Sachs, a troubled television producer struggling with the question of the meaning of life. A series of experiences lead him to try and find his 'higher truth,' in the same inimitable and hilarious style portrayed in so many of Allen's films. Artistic and philosophical anecdotes and queries are applied relevantly and humourously, making the viewer laugh as well as ponder.
Mickey's ex-wife Hannah is played brilliantly by Mia Farrow, and the cast is completed by a host of other great names including Michael Caine, Barbara Hershey, Dianne Wiest, Carrie Fisher and, one of Allen's favourites, Julie Kavner. The film focuses intently on the theme of reality: the lives of three ordinary sisters, the ones they love, and the lengths taken to keep the peace and help each other: but not without a few mishaps on the way. The integration of Allen's character and the sisters is brought together at the end in a way the viewer could never expect.
With a musical score including music by McCarthy-Monaco and Cahn-Styne, and references to artists and poets such as E.E Cummings cleverly applied, 'Hannah and her Sisters' really is Woody at his best.
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