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Hannah and Her Sisters (Widescreen)

Woody Allen , Mia Farrow    PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)   DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
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Considered by many to be Woody Allen's best film, even over Annie Hall. Hannah and Her Sisters follows a multitude of characters: Hannah (Mia Farrow), who plays den mother to her extended family; her sister Lee (Barbara Hershey), emotional and a bit of a flake, who's involved with a much older artist (Max Von Sydow), who treats her like a child; and Hannah's other sister, Holly (Dianne Wiest), a neurotic who feels incapable of managing her life. Hannah's husband Elliot (Michael Caine) falls in love with Lee, which sets off a series of upheavals. Allen gives one of his best performances as Hannah's ex-husband Mickey, who--much like Allen himself--is obsessed with death and unhappiness. But a simple summary doesn't begin to capture the warmth and intimacy of this movie; though the story follows a capsizing family, the outcome is surprising, joyous, and richly human. --Bret Fetzer

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3.0 out of 5 stars Great film, terrible DVD transfer Nov. 12 2001
By A Customer
This is a wonderful film. All the films in the new Woody Allen boxset are wonderful films. But am I just imagining things? I just watched "Hannah and Her Sisters" and I was amazed at how washed-out it looked. Take a look at the very first scene -- it's far too light, Barbara Hershey looks sick, the warmth of the original film is gone. The video transfer was far superior, unless my memory is playing tricks on me. Has anyone else noticed this?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Vintage Allen July 3 2004
Woody Allen has never made a movie appreciably better than 'Hannah.' It may not be his single best (an honor I reserve for 'Manhattan'), but it's on the shortest of short lists.
My favorite moment in the movie, and maybe Allen's most insightful ever, is when neurotic Mickey (played by Allen) bursts out of the hospital, having just learned that he is cancer-free. He leaps and bounds down the street, joy overflowing, until, suddenly, he stops, paralyzed with a newly imagined anxiety. Yes, Mickey was delievered from cancer, but he wasn't delivered from himself. You could look long and hard and never discover another ten seconds of filmmaking that better capture what it means to be human. Life's vicissitudes alternately beat us down and lift us up, but in the end, we always revert to ourselves.
When Woody Allen is at his best, you can't help but feel he's writing about *your* life, or something very close to it. Who hasn't experienced Holly's rejection in romance, Frederick's anguish and regret over squandering a relationship, Elliot's clumsy giddiness as he falls in love, Mickey's obsessive anxiety about death? There's a recognizable moment from my experience in almost every scene.
'Hannah and Her Sisters' also boasts Allen's single-best-ever soundtrack. I dare you to watch this movie and not tap your foot. The soundtrack is not available on CD, so that's one more reason to crack open the DVD for the dozenth time.
If you haven't seen 'Hannah and Her Sisters,' now's the time. If you have, it can't hurt to revisit a bona-fide classic.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Nearly perfect in many ways Dec 3 2003
There is a scene near the end of this film where Hannah (Mia Farrow) and her sisters Holly (Dianne Wiest) n"Lee(Barbara Hershey) meet over lunch and the camera slowly circles them as they engage in a heated emotionally charged conversation that is one of the most poignant moments I have ever seen on a screen. All 3 of these actresses are just outstanding in this movie. Mia Farrow has some scenes where her emotions are so vivdly expressed in her words and her facial expression that it is in my opinion one of the finest performances ever.
The secondary story line features Woody Allen as Hannah's ex-husband who is completely neurotic and obsessed with iiness and death. However Allen is able to twist this to great comic effect. The story weaves back and forth between the emotional upheaval in the lives of Hannah, her husband(Michael Caine) and her sisters to Allen and his character's search for spiritual fullfillment. All of the characters are fully realized people , none perfect, and yet basically well meaning. (with the possible exception of Caine's character).
I believe this is one of Woody Allen's finest films and have viewed it repeatedly over the years. The only weakness is the ending which is a bit contrived but that is easily forgivable in a film that is entertaining, thought provoking and funny at the same time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars "woody allen's film hits the jackpot!" June 22 2003
By A Customer
In one of woody' best film, he is able to captivate the lives of 3 totally different sisters (and a hypocondriac husband) into an oscar winning film! The first sister is of course Hannah, the kind nurturing mother/ wife, who has remained good friends with her ex (allen) and her new husband (Michael Caine in an oscar winning role) who finds her hard to live with, because she gives so much and expects so little in return. The other sister is Lee (Barbra Hershey who is great) the beautiful, but emotionally sad sister, who wants to escape from her college professor boyfriend, and eventually falls in love with Hannah's husband.
The last sister is Holly (Dianne Wiest in an oscar winning role) the eccentric original person, who strives to find herself, while accidentally bringing down her sister hannah, and her rival April (Carrie Fisher). But by the end of the fillm they have all found happiness. Hannah has become more close to her husband. Lee has shrugged off her affair with Hannah's husband (who has fallen back in love with Hannah), and found new love. woody Allen (who has converted to Catholicism, but then tries several other religions) becomes lesser of a hypocondriac,and Holly & woody allen have married. And Allen (unable to have a child with hannah has a child with Holly)! crackerjack cameos by Maurren O' sullivan, and Daniel Stern! A great film all around! A+!
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Heart Wants What the Heart Wants May 16 2003
Eerily paralleling Woody Allen's defense of the indefensible (his relationship with Soon-Yi), his alter ego in this movie whispers into the neck of Dianne Wiest, "The heart is a resilient, little muscle." He says this while nuzzling Holly, the Wiest character, his brand-new bride who was once upon a time his sister-in-law. Yes, Mickey (the Allen character) is a man who is celebrating his good fortune for having married twice into the sprawling, entertaining, extremely attractive family of Hannah, Holly, and Lee.
When I saw this film originally in a Manhattan movie theater on the East Side of New York, I was physically right in the middle of Woody's world. I was quite young, just into my 20s, and I recall literally floating on air when this film was over. I even believe that the whole audience of jaded, sophisticated New Yorkers broke into spontaneous applause as the credits rolled. It was that kind of film.
I rented it recently on DVD to recapture that sheer exuberance and cozy familiarity that I have always associated with this flick. The DVD doesn't offer much enhancements; it relies totally on the film and its script to justify the purchase. However, watching it now, nearly 16 years later, I was still bedazzled by the acting, the film score, the way the movie seems to unwind like a great novel rather than a 90-minute film. It was as great an ensemble piece as I recalled, but with a few disturbing elements.
There is an underlying immorality to the whole interconnections of husbands, wives, sisters, brothers-in-law, etc. The fact that the film does end on a happy, uplifting note doesn't erase for me now the infidelities, deceptions, and carnal betrayals the sisters and their men perpetrate against one another.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sisters Acts

The burgeoning Woody blossoms in this triple Oscar winning, 1984 comedic drama of an artsy fartsy family living on Manhattan's Upper West Side and... Read more
Published 15 months ago by T. Pawels
5.0 out of 5 stars one of my favorites.
I love this movie. I have watched it a number of times. I am a fan of character movies and Woody does that well.
Published 19 months ago by Pat J.
5.0 out of 5 stars For my money, only behind 'Annie Hall' in all Allen's films
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... Read more
Published on April 15 2011 by K. Gordon
5.0 out of 5 stars Richly Human
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Published on July 13 2004 by J. McAndrew
5.0 out of 5 stars Woody At His Best
Both Manhattan and Annie Hall are better movies but nothing beats Hannah for sheer excellence in exploring the mess that is the human heart and mind. Read more
Published on July 6 2004 by J
5.0 out of 5 stars Oh Woody!
Most reviewers have already done a great job critiquing one of Allen's best. I have to add this movie has one of my favorite lines in a movie...it is actually profound. Read more
Published on Jan. 6 2004
4.0 out of 5 stars Amusing but not his best
This movie, "Annie Hall", and "Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy" are very fun to watch, cute and fluffy, but ultimately shallow. Read more
Published on July 3 2003 by Mark Cederholm
4.0 out of 5 stars Good film but more Woody would have been better
I remember first seeing this film in the theater and was only disappointed by the fact that most of the film doesn't involve Woody. Read more
Published on Jan. 20 2003 by Mynameisthis
5.0 out of 5 stars Great film with Wonderful performances
Hannah is one of Woody Allen's best films. I am a big fan so it's hard to pick my favorite. This one is right up there. Read more
Published on Oct. 31 2002 by Ed Gundersen
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