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The Way We Were (1973)

 -  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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The college scenes were shot at Union College in Schenectady, New York. The large rotunda-like building is the Nott Memorial at Union College. The restaurant scene where Robert Redford and Barbra Streisand meet outside was filmed at the old Medberry Hotel in Ballston Spa, New York. See more »

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In Katie's apartment the first time Hubbel visits Katie prepares hot water for coffee, as she leaves the kitchen it is clear that the top of the kettle is on crooked. As she enters the bedroom where Hubble is sleeping in the bed the kettle starts to whistle which startles Hubble. The kettle would not have whistled with the top lop-sided. See more »

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Hubbell Gardner: [to Katie] Are you really so sure of everything you're so sure of?
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The Way We Were
(1973)
Composed by Marvin Hamlisch
Lyrics by Marilyn Bergman (as Marilyn) and Alan Bergman
Sung by Barbra Streisand before the opening credits and during the end credits.
Music played often in the score
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Hollywood schmaltz or deeply felt love story?
4 September 2005 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

Actually, "The Way We Were" is both, and happily so. It's a classy romantic period drama about a 1940s wallflower in New York who blooms in love with her ex-jock boyfriend (an old acquaintance from their college days), and the movie overflows with star-power. None of today's celebrities have the kind of chemistry Barbra Streisand and Robert Redford bring to the screen, and Streisand in particular is so deeply into this character that the herky-jerky editing and breathless writing don't harm her or get in the way (the faults can easily be overlooked). When writer Redford adapts his novel into a screenplay and the couple marries and moves to Hollywood in the McCarthy-Blacklist era, her passion for politics gets them both in hot water; that's where this script hits a snag, with increasingly melodramatic plotting (Redford's affair with a former flame) and confusion in the character motivations (this primarily due to hasty, eleventh-hour editing). Still, it is a handsomely-produced movie with a great tearjerker ending and two fine stars who plow right through the nonsense and bumpy continuity. They transcend the make-believe surroundings, turning the picture into something really special, something to remember. ***1/2 from ****


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