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Thanksgiving retro-review: 'Hannah and Her Sisters'

hannah-and-her-sisters-560.jpgTODAY'S RETRO REVIEW: It's Woody Allen's 1986 film Hannah and Her Sisters, which won three Oscars, including both trophies for supporting actors Michael Caine and Dianne Wiest as well as best screenplay for Allen.

THE PLOT: A family in Manhattan soars and dives in a series of intertwined stories of love, betrayal and redemption that begin and end with a family Thanksgiving dinner.

MAYBE YOU REMEMBER: For the longest time, this was Allen's best performing movie at the box office. It's since been dethroned by 2011's Midnight in Paris.

SURELY YOU CAN'T FORGET: The American Film Institute loves the film and includes it on many of its rankings, including 100 greatest movies, 100 funniest movies and 100 greatest love stories.

WHAT CRITICS SAID: "The movie is not a comedy, but it contains big laughs, and it is not a tragedy, although it could be if we thought about it long enough." -- Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times.

WHY WE STILL LOVE IT: I can't speak for everyone, but I love it because I identify with so many of the tragic roles. Woody's role as the family outsider. Caine's role as a man in love with a woman he shouldn't have. And especially Frederick (Max von Sydow), who finds himself in love with a woman he knows he can't keep.


5. "How the hell do I know why there were Nazis? I don't know how the can opener works!"

4. "It's not a sofa - it's an ottoman!"

3. "I had a great evening; it was like the Nuremberg Trials."

2. "If Jesus came back and saw what's going on in his name, he'd never stop throwing up."

1. "For all my education, accomplishments and so-called wisdom, I can't fathom my own heart."