Hannah and Her Sisters

February 7th, 1986


Hannah and Her Sisters

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Between two Thanksgivings, Hannah's husband falls in love with her sister Lee, while her hypochondriac ex-husband rekindles his relationship with her sister Holly.

Release Year: 1986

Rating: 7.9/10 (27,741 voted)

Critic's Score: 90/100

Director: Woody Allen

Stars: Mia Farrow, Dianne Wiest, Michael Caine

During a Thanksgiving Day party we make aquaintance with a numerous and problematic family. The leading characters are three sisters: Lee, the woman of Frederick, an old misanthrope painter; Holly, who dreams of becoming a writer, or an actress, or who knows who...; Hannah, famous actress, beautiful, intelligent, good mother, good wife, good sister, in short perfect, the pivot of the family. The balance begins to break up when Hannah's husband, Elliot, falls in love with Lee, who leaves Frederick. Holly goes through a deep crisis and meets Mickey, the former husband of Hannah, a hipocondriac TV producer. The affairs evolve and at the last Thanksgiving ...

Barbara Hershey - Lee
Carrie Fisher - April
Michael Caine - Elliot
Mia Farrow - Hannah
Dianne Wiest - Holly
Maureen O'Sullivan - Norma
Lloyd Nolan - Evan
Max von Sydow - Frederick (as Max Von Sydow)
Woody Allen - Mickey
Lewis Black - Paul
Julia Louis-Dreyfus - Mary
Christian Clemenson - Larry
Julie Kavner - Gail
J.T. Walsh - Ed Smythe
John Turturro - Writer

Release Date: 7 February 1986

Filming Locations: 5th Avenue, Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $6,400,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $1,265,826 (USA) (9 February 1986) (54 Screens)

Gross: $40,084,041 (USA)

Technical Specs

Runtime:  | Spain:

Did You Know?

After actors Max von Sydow and Barbara Hershey finished filming their characters' break-up scene, the film crew gave them a standing ovation.

Crew or equipment visible: Dolly tracks visible when the camera pulls back in the living room.

[first lines]
Elliot: God, she's beautiful. She's got the prettiest eyes. She looks so sexy in that sweater. I just want to be alone with her and hold her and kiss her and tell her how much I love her and take care of her. Stop it you idiot, she's your wife's sister. But I can't help it...

User Review

Arguably Allen's Best Work....

Rating: 10/10

Hannah and Her Sisters (1986) Probably when all is said and done, my favorite Allen movie. This is definitely one of those examples where the sum is greater than the parts. Great shots of New York (specifically the city's architecture), great situations, great parties and great music

Among the Manhattan-dwelling characters is Michael Caine, who is married to Hannah (Mia Farrow) but lusts after her sister (Barbara Hershey) who lives with a tormented artist (Max Von Sydow.) Hannah's ex-husband (Woody Allen) starts dating her other sister (Diane Weist) who wants to date Sam Waterston, even though he'd rather date her friend (Carrie Fisher).

In addition to the cameo by Julia Louise Dreyfuss, the film features two supporting performances by old school actors, Lloyd Nolan and Mia Farrow's real life mom, the original Jane in the Tarzan movies, Maureen O'Sullivan.

If that's not enough, Allen throws in plenty of his trademark hypochondria hysteria, questioning the meaning of the universe and whether God exists.


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