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
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Did You Know?
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
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
Are you really so sure of everything you're so sure of?
The Way We Were
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 See more