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The Essentials - March 2011
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Trivia & Fun Facts About HANNAH AND HER SISTERS

At 107 minutes, Hannah and Her Sisters was Woody Allen's longest movie up to that point in his career.

Woody Allen and Mia Farrow were a well-established couple at the time Hannah and Her Sisters was made. It was the pair's 5th film together.

Max von Sydow's character Frederick was originally named Peter. When von Sydow was cast, Woody Allen thought the name Frederick would fit von Sydow's European persona better.

Despite winning numerous accolades for it, the famously self-deprecating Woody Allen reportedly thought that the best film of 1986 was not Hannah and Her Sisters but David Lynch's Blue Velvet. In a 1987 interview with Tom Shales, Allen said, "I don't think Hannah is as good as Blue Velvet. The best picture of the year was Blue Velvet, in my opinion. I just liked everything about it." When Lynch subsequently received an Oscar® nomination as Best Director for Blue Velvet, he reportedly quipped to the press, "I'd like to thank Woody Allen."

Woody Allen, as usual, did not attend the Academy Awards ceremony the night Hannah and Her Sisters was up for 7 awards. Instead, he was performing his regular Monday night gig on the clarinet at Michael's Pub in New York City.

Seinfeld actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus has a small role as one of Woody Allen's TV-show co-workers in Hannah and Her Sisters.

Many of Mia Farrow's real life children can be seen in the background of the family scenes throughout Hannah and Her Sisters, including Woody Allen's future wife, Soon-Yi Previn who is visible at the kids' table during Thanksgiving dinner at the end of the film.

Michael Caine was not able to attend the Academy Awards ceremony when he was up for Best Supporting Actor in Hannah and Her Sisters due to schedule conflicts while shooting his next film, Jaws: The Revenge (1987). Presenters Sigourney Weaver and Jeff Bridges accepted the award on his behalf when Caine was announced as the winner.

There was an explicit lovemaking scene between Elliot and Lee that was shot and cut from the final version, according to Michael Caine. In his 1992 memoir What's It All About? he describes a heated scene between the two lovers in a boat. "I had never seen this before in one of Woody's films," he said, "and thought that by the time we came to shoot it, it would either be toned down or cut entirely, but it wasn't....we shot it, to the great embarrassment of both Barbara and myself, because although you couldn't actually see anything, the movements had to be realistic and we were both relieved when it was finally over. I was still worried that it did not really belong in the movie, and in fact Woody cut the whole sequence from the final film."

Memorable Quotes from HANNAH AND HER SISTERS

"I'm going through a period in my life where I just can't be around people. I don't want to wind up abusing anyone."
"You're such a puzzle. So sweet with me and contemptuous of everyone else."
--Frederick (Max von Sydow)/Lee (Barbara Hershey)

"I prefer to sell my work to people who appreciate it, not to rock stars."- Frederick

"I like him. I think he's a sweet guy...'cause he's a loser. He's awkward and clumsy like me. I always like an underconfident person, you know?"- Mickey (Woody Allen), speaking about Elliot (Michael Caine)

"You've had some dizzy spells. What about ringing and buzzing? You notice any of that?"
"Now that you mention it, I have buzzing and also ringing. Ringing and buzzing."
- Doctor / Mickey

"Naturally I get taken home first. Obviously he prefers April. Of course. I was so tongue-tied all night...My stupid roller-skating joke. I should never tell jokes. Mom can tell them, and Hannah, but I kill them."- Holly (Dianne Wiest), in her internal monologue as she's being taken home by her love interest David (Sam Waterston)

"I hate April. She's pushy."- Holly, in her internal monologue, referring to her friend April (Carrie Fisher)

"This is degrading. You don't buy paintings to blend in with the sofa."
"It's not a sofa, it's an ottoman."
- Frederick / Dusty (Daniel Stern)

"A week ago I bought a rifle. If they told me I had a tumor I was going to kill myself. The only thing that might have stopped me -- might have- is my parents would be devastated. I would have to shoot them also, first, and then, I have an aunt and uncle. It would have been a bloodbath." - Mickey

"It's a good thing we have a talented daughter."
"I can only hope that she was mine! With you as her mother, her father could be anybody in Actors Equity!"
- Norma (Maureen O'Sullivan) / Evan (Lloyd Nolan)

"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. I'm consumed by her. It's been months now. I dream about her. I think about her at the office. Oh, Lee, what am I going to do? I hear myself moaning over you and it's disgusting. Before, when she squeezed past me at the doorway and I smelled that perfume on the back of her neck, Jesus, I thought I was going to swoon. Easy! You're a dignified financial advisor. It doesn't look good for you to swoon."- Elliot, in his internal monologue about Lee

"Millions of books written on every conceivable subject by all these great minds, and in the end none of them knows anything more about the big questions of life than I do."- Mickey, in an internal monologue

"Nietzche, with his theory of eternal recurrence. He said that the life we live we're going to live over and over again in the exact same way for eternity. Great. That means I'll have to sit through the Ice Capades again."- Mickey, in an internal monologue

"I was in analysis for years. Nothing happened. My poor analyst got so frustrated, the guy finally put in a salad bar."- Mickey, in an internal monologue

"You don't deserve Cole Porter. You should stay with those groups that look like they're going to stab their mothers."- Mickey, to Holly after their bad first date

"I had a great evening. It was like the Nuremberg trials."- Mickey, to Holly after a bad date between the two.

Compiled by Andrea Passafiume



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