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The Way We Were (1973)

PG  |   |  Drama, Romance  |  19 October 1973 (USA)
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Two desperate people have a wonderful romance, but their political views and convictions drive them apart.



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The movie begins with the Katie (Barbra Streisand) running into Hubbell Gardner, an All-American popular jock she went to college with, some time after World War II. Though some other summaries claim it's been about 20 years, that is not really the case. It's probably been more like 10 years since college and Hubbell has written his first novel and later joined the navy while Katie continues to work hard and remains very much involved in the grassroots level of politics. Katie who had a crush on Hubbell back in college is still very attracted to him and soon the two start an "on again off again" relationship. Eventually Katie ends up giving up her voice and her interest in politics in order to hold on to Hubbell and they get married. However when Hubbell begins to compromise his literary talent by abandoning his novel writing for writing Screenplays for Hollywood their marriage begins its downfall. When the government begins its witch-hunt for communists among Hollywood writers and ... Written by bberry

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Nuestros años felices  »

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Peter Bogdanovich turned down the chance to direct. He later regretted his decision. See more »


When Katie and Hubbel are meeting the group shortly after President Roosevelt dies, she makes her "meeting up every 5 years" comment, after that she says to Hubbel "What are we doing here?" When she says that, her lip movements don't match what she's saying. See more »


Hubbell Gardner: The trouble with some people is they work too hard.
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One of the best romances of all-time!
15 December 1998 | by See all my reviews

There are movies about love being made all of the time. After awhile, they all begin to look the same. However, once in awhile, one is made that truly stands out. THE WAY WE WERE is such a film.

This film, mixing love and politics, finds two individuals (Barbra Streisand and Robert Redford) who meet in college, but years pass before a romance blooms. She is an political activist, he's bored by politics. She's stern and serious, he's easygoing and laid-back. Although they love each other deeply, their differences begin to tear them apart.

As far as romantic tearjerkers go, they don't get much better than this. Both Striesand and Redford are perfectly cast and their characters are ones in which viewers will grow to love and care about. Many viewers will also appreciate the realistic ending.

This is a beautiful film.

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