The Lemon Sisters

The Lemon Sisters

Film poster
Directed by Joyce Chopra
Produced by Harvey Weinstein
Bob Weinstein
Written by Jeremy Pikser
Music by Dick Hyman
Howard Shore
Cinematography Bobby Byrne
Edited by Michael R. Miller
Joe Weintraub
Distributed by Miramax Films
Release dates
August 31, 1990 (USA)
Running time
93 min.
Country United States
Language English
Budget $15,000,000
Box office $3,473,905 (USA)[1]

The Lemon Sisters is a 1990 American comedy-drama film from Miramax Films directed by Joyce Chopra and written by Jeremy Pikser. The film was both a commercial and critical failure after being shelved for more than a year with extensive revisions.[2]


Three lifelong friends work the bars in 1980's Atlantic City performing the songs of the 60's girl groups.

Principal cast

Actor Role
Diane Keaton Eloise Hamer
Carol Kane Franki D'Angelo
Kathryn Grody Nola Frank
Elliott Gould Fred Frank
Rubén Blades C.W.
Aidan Quinn Frankie McGuinness
Estelle Parsons Mrs. Kupchak
Nathan Lane Charlie Sorrell
Richard Libertini Nicholas Panas
Sully Boyar Baxter O'Neil

Critical reception

Caryn James of The New York Times hated the film:

[The Lemon Sisters] inspires dazed disbelief that professional film makers could have made such an amateurish movie... Among the other wasted talents is the director, Joyce Chopra, who once made the exquisite, troubling little film Smooth Talk and seems to have lost her judgment here.[2]


  1. "The Lemon Sisters (1990)". Box Office Mojo. 1990-09-18. Retrieved 2010-09-22.
  2. 1 2 James, Caryn (1990-09-01). "Review/Film; Cat Lover With a Problem: Asthma". The New York Times.

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