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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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19 October 1973 (USA)  »

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Nuestros aƱos felices  »

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Arthur Laurents fought to keep the exchange "I want us to love each other/"The trouble is we do" in the film. It was a line, said Laurents, that "summed up the relationship between Hubbell and Katie: they loved each other despite, not because." Sydney Pollack ended up cutting the line to Laurents' dismay. "The simple problem," said Laurents, "was that the man who was directing a political love story knew even less about love than he did about politics." See more »


At the very end of the movie when the camera is behind Katie as she reaches up to touch the front of Hubbell's hair, he grasps her wrist with his right hand. When the shot immediately switches to behind Hubbell, his hand is not on her wrist. See more »


Katie Morosky Gardner: Happy Rosh Hashana.
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One of the very best!
6 August 1999 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

I can remember seeing THE WAY WE WERE when I was in high school and being surprised by how much I had enjoyed it. Romances were never really my thing, but I had always enjoyed the work of Robert Redford, so I decided to give it a try. I was floored by the power and beauty of film! My initial reactions to the film were, once again, how natural and charismatic Redford is as the classic example of the college golden boy, who feels slightly trapped. After the credits began to roll, I knew right then that I had seen something special, something that would pass the test of time. I assume others felt the same way, the film went on to become an international blockbuster and the top grosser of the year.

Years later, I watched THE WAY WE WERE again. Now older, I had a new perspective on the film, and to be completely honest, I enjoyed it even more! While I still think Redford is great in this film, I discovered that it is actually Barbra Streisand who gives the better performance. As the political activist Katie, Streisand has one her best roles since Fanny Brice in the original FUNNY GIRL and she provides a show-stopping performance. She displays both strength and vulnerability, she is at once both scorned and innocent. Her's is one of the best performances of the 70's.

The final verdict: THE WAY WE WERE stands the test of time as one of the best films of it's kind. Watch this film for the most moving finale in film history, for the knock out performance from Streisand, for the long-lasting chemistry between Redford and Streisand, and for one of the most famous and touching love stories of this century.

Out of 10, I'd rate THE WAY WE WERE a solid 10!

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