Hannah and Her Sisters Review
By Christopher Null
It's not his best, but Hannah and Her Sisters is definitely Woody Allen's second best. The film does everything a Woody film should -- it deals with complex issues in a hilarious way. Up this time, as the title suggests, is the notion of family, as Allen skewers a dysfunctional clan led by three sisters (Mia Farrow, Dianne Wiest, and Barbara Hershey) and the rotten men the come in and out of their lives.
Allen plays his neurotic self to perfection, this time a hypochondriac TV executive and ex-husband of Hannah (Farrow). Michael Caine, though, steals the show as Hannah's current husband who falls in love with sister Lee (Hershey), herself living with an aging, pedantic shut-in (Max Von Sydow).
The acting is sublime, but the little touches push Hannah to greatness. Allen's photographic compositions are among his best ever here, spying on Caine as he makes eyes at Hershey from afar while we play along with the game. His musical selections, always impeccable, are fantastic here, with Harry James' trumpet music belting out the emotion.
An unequivocal classic (and winner of three Oscars -- for Wiest, Caine, and Allen's screenplay) that any Allen fan must own. Or anyone with a family, for that matter.
Part of The Woody Allen Collection, Set 3.
Facts and Figures
In Theaters: Friday 14th March 1986
Box Office Worldwide: $40.1M
Distributed by: Orion Pictures
Production compaines: Orion Pictures
Rotten Tomatoes: 93%
Fresh: 50 Rotten: 4
Cast & Crew
Starring: Mia Farrow as Hannah, Carrie Fisher as April, Michael Caine as Elliot, Barbara Hershey as Lee, Dianne Wiest as Holly, Maureen O'Sullivan as Norma, Max von Sydow as Frederick, Lloyd Nolan as Evan, Woody Allen as Mickey Sachs, Joanna Gleason as Carol, Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Mary, Christian Clemenson as Larry, Sam Waterston as David, Julie Kavner as Gail, Daniel Stern as Dusty, Tony Roberts as Norman, John Turturro as TV Writer, Leo Postrel as Mickey's Father, Bobby Short as Himself