One of Woody Allen’s best-loved films, this won three richly deserved Oscars* (for Michael Caine, Dianne Wiest and the screenplay), and is a joy from start to perfectly judged finish.
Hannah (Mia Farrow) is a devoted wife, loving mother and successful actress. She’s also the emotional backbone of the family, and her sisters Lee (Barbara Hershey) and Holly (Dianne Wiest) depend on this stability while also resenting it because they can’t help but compare Hannah’s seemingly perfect life with theirs. But with her husband Elliot (Michael Caine) becoming increasingly interested in Lee, it’s clear that Hannah might have problems of her own.
An unusually strong supporting cast includes Allen himself as Hannah’s existentially conflicted ex-husband and Max von Sydow as a perfectionist artist, but it’s Caine who practically steals the film as a middle-aged man behaving like a lovesick teenager. It also has some of Allen’s greatest one-liners, with a philosophical discussion about the nature of good and evil getting shot down with “How should I know why there were Nazis? I don’t even know how the can opener works.”
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