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
Everything seemed so important then .. even love!
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was unhappy with cuts made to the film following a preview. He said, "I think we'd both have preferred a more political Dalton Trumbo
-type script, but finally Sydney came down on the side of the love story. He said, 'This is first and foremost a love affair,' and we conceded that. We trusted his instincts, and he was right." 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
Katie Morosky Gardner
Wouldn't it be lovely if we were old? We'd have survived all this. Everything thing would be easy and uncomplicated; the way it was when we were young.
Katie, it was never uncomplicated.
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