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  • Actors: Maria Bello, Eric Mccormack
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Starz / Anchor Bay
  • DVD Release Date: June 13, 2006
  • Run Time: 113 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000F3UACA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #112,902 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Sisters" on IMDb

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  • Commentary by director Arthur Allan Siedelman and writer Richard Alfieri

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"The Sisters" is suggested by Anton Chekhov’s renowned play, "The Three Sisters." The film tells the story of familial deception and ultimate revelation amongst three sisters, exploring their ups and downs as well as the ties that bind them despite their dysfunctional family dynamics. Featuring a sensational cast, including 2006 Golden Globe nominee Maria Bello, "The Sisters" spins an extraordinary tale of love, lust deceit, and loss.

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Loosely based on the classic Russian play Three Sisters, The Sisters takes Anton Chekov's tale of failed marriages, stunted yearnings, and ordinary unhappiness and injects it with drug addiction, closeted homosexuality, and incest. Three daughters of a noted academic scholar find their lives falling apart: Marcia (Maria Bello, A History of Violence) loathes her psychologist husband and falls into the arms of a visiting old friend (Tony Goldwyn, Ghost); Olga (Mary Stuart Masterson, Fried Green Tomatoes) has turned brittle and secretive, despite a successful career; and Irene (Erika Christensen, The Upside of Anger), the baby of the family, finds herself engaged to a man she doesn't love (Chris O'Donnell, Kinsey). Meanwhile, their hapless brother Andrew (Allesandro Nivolla, Junebug) has married a brassy, vulgar woman all three sisters despise (Elizabeth Banks, Heights). As their dysfunctions collide, everyone talks in lengthy, hyper-articulate, and brutal detail about their problems. But all the actors--especially Bello--dive into their roles with gusto and vigor, drawing out some genuine feeling from this woefully overwritten script. Also featuring Rip Torn (Forty Shades of Blue, Men in Black) and Eric McCormack (Will & Grace). --Bret Fetzer

Customer Reviews

I especially LOVED Maria Bello's performance.
Paul Dotson
The production design is quite beautiful and it emphasizes the stuffy claustrophobia of these characters inner lives.
A Customer
I would recommend this film and I cannot believe I had never heard of it before (2005).
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Anders Martinson on August 15, 2006
Format: DVD
Chekhov's coutryman Leo Tolstoy said that "every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way." Maybe so, the Prior/Prozorov family is certainly unhappy (and as some negative reviews have indicated, insufferable) in a way many of us would hope to avoid, but their pain is nevertheless accessible in this story.

Anyone considering this film should go in knowing that it deals with a painful story of wounded souls. If you're not up for the genre, pass on this out of hand. It starts off sad and gets sadder. Hey, it's Chekhov for goodness sake. And speaking of Chekhov, it's theatre, so be prepared for the mannered dialog and the fact that most of the story takes place on a single set.

Everyone in the cast turns in a top-notch and complex performance that allows the viewer to have compassion for characters one would most wish to avoid in real life. As Donald Rumsfeld might say, you go through life with the family you have, not the family you'd wish to have.

The story here is how Prior/Prozorov family goes through that life and how they pay the price for the choices they make and the circumstances they couldn't avoid. If you're up for a glimpse into their journey, you will enjoy this story.

At the same time I would point out that I sympathize with the negative reviews. If you see any glimmer of similar tastes that click with you in the negative reviews (in particular discussions of the screenwriter/playwright's use of dialog and the character of the characters), stay away. This story is not for everybody.

Finally I'd say that the DVD is way overpriced for a production of this type that includes little in the way of extras. Rent don't buy.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 14, 2006
Format: DVD
The Sisters is a movie that will no doubt polarize audiences. The critics hated it when it came out in theatres earlier this year with most of them labeling the film as a madly overwritten, pompous, dour, and overwrought psychodrama with about as much subtly as a sledgehammer. Yes - it's all those things, but the fact that it's so over-the-top is the reason why the film works. And it also features some great acting - particularly by Maria Bello.

Loosely adapted from the Chekhov play, The Three Sisters, The Sisters is all about sibling rivalry, intellectual snobbery and betrayal in love. Under Arthur Allan Seidelman's accomplished direction, The Sisters has a heightened artificially, with the actors performing as though they are actually on the stage. This can be a bit jarring and grating at first, but once you get used to it, it becomes quite effective because it reminds us of the stuffy intellectual insularity of this family and their world.

Even before the youngest Prior sister Irine (Erika Christensen) arrives for her annual "surprise" birthday party at a Manhattan faculty club, the characters are managing to spew hatred and vitriol at each other. Marcia (Bello) is deeply unhappy in her marriage with Dr. Harry Glass (Stephen Culp) whom she met while attending a psychiatric conference and she's spent most of her adult life carrying deep-seated emotional baggage.

Molested by her father, when she was a little girl, Maria resents that fact that her older sister Olga (Mary Stuart Masterson) who never bothered to take the molestation seriously.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Paul Dotson on June 5, 2006
Format: DVD
This is one of the best films I had seen all year! It acting was excellent! I especially LOVED Maria Bello's performance. This is a must see movie. Hats off to everyone involved in making this film.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Eric Pierce on May 29, 2006
Format: DVD
I was fortunate to see this film twice - once when it premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and again in Los Angeles, and all I can say is this is by far the best film of the year.

The all-star (and I do mean all-star) cast is in top form as they verbally joust with words from the equally-as-superior screenplay. I was intellectually stimulated in the theater for the first time in years -- and that is enough to qualify this film in the "best of the year" category for me.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Malcolm Kantzler on August 30, 2010
Format: DVD
Essentially, a two-stage play, modern-set Victorian, visually lavish, in which the convincing (if extroverted) inner turmoils of a family of three girls, and one disjointed brother, are evolved from early paternal abuse and expressed with an overstated zeal for the academia in which they live, resulting in a family that just does NOT know how to party.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Joshua Miller VINE VOICE on July 3, 2006
Format: DVD
Explaining a movie like "The Sisters" is kind of hard. Not because the movie so good, it's unexplainable...But because it's very good in a low-key kind of way, but doesn't really have a plot you can explain. It's based on a play and that's obvious. There's very few settings, it mostly takes place in a college faculty lounge; There's long dramatic speeches from some of the actors and it has the feeling of a debut film that was made as a college project...Although, it's not. For some reason, I liked this movie though. I liked it a lot. When it opens, it's in a faculty lounge. This is where we're introduced to several of the characters. Marcia (Maria Bello) and Olda Prior (Mary Stuart Masterson) who are setting up a surprise party for their baby sister Irene (Erika Christensen). There's two men (college professors) playing chess; One of them is the very professional David Turzin (Chris O'Donnell...Yes, he is still alive) and the other is the very sarcastic Gary Sokol (Eric McCormack, Will on "Will & Grace"). Another man in the room is Dr. Chebrin (Rip Torn) who frequently points out things in the newspaper.

Then a man named Vincent (Tony Goldwyn) shows up and says that he worked with the sisters' father when they were young; although he appears to be close to the same age. Then, the sisters' brother Andrew (Allesandro Nivola) shows up with his fiancee' Nancy (Elizabeth Banks), who nobody likes. Then the perfect little sister Irene shows up; Nancy and Marcia argue and throw insults at each other. Later, Irene overdoses on crystal meth and is found by David, who was following her. They later get engaged, but Gary Sokol is in love with her. There's also a couple secrets we learn from Marcia, when they discover their little sisters secret.
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