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The Way We Were -- Two desperate people have a wonderful romance, but their political views and convictions drive them apart.


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Release Date:
19 October 1973 (USA) See more »
Everything seemed so important then .. even love! See more »
Two desperate people have a wonderful romance, but their political views and convictions drive them apart. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Won 2 Oscars. Another 5 wins & 7 nominations See more »
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Epic and anchored by the history of the century. See more (104 total) »


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Directed by
Sydney Pollack 
Writing credits
Arthur Laurents (written by)

Francis Ford Coppola  additional writer (uncredited)
David Rayfiel  additional writer (uncredited)
Dalton Trumbo  additional writer (uncredited)

Produced by
Richard Roth .... associate producer
Ray Stark .... producer
Original Music by
Marvin Hamlisch 
Cinematography by
Harry Stradling Jr. (director of photography)
Film Editing by
John F. Burnett 
Production Design by
Stephen B. Grimes  (as Stephen Grimes)
Set Decoration by
William Kiernan 
Costume Design by
Dorothy Jeakins (costumes designer)
Moss Mabry (costumes designer)
Makeup Department
Donald Cash Jr. .... makeup
Gary Liddiard .... makeup
Kaye Pownall .... hairstyles
Production Management
Russell Saunders .... unit production manager (as Russ Saunders)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Hawk Koch .... assistant director (as Howard Koch Jr.)
Jerry Ziesmer .... second assistant director
Michael Britton .... assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Richard M. Rubin .... properties
Bob Frazier .... swing gang (uncredited)
Carl Hansen .... swing gang (uncredited)
Robert Hart .... carpenter (uncredited)
Jack Iannarelli .... props (uncredited)
Richie Kent .... swing gang (uncredited)
George Luxemberg .... props (uncredited)
Bud Pine .... construction coordinator (uncredited)
George Tours .... swing gang (uncredited)
Sound Department
Richard Portman .... re-recording
Kay Rose .... sound effects
Jack Solomon .... sound
Kitty Malone .... foley artist (uncredited)
Sharron Miller .... sound editor (uncredited)
Jerry Trent .... dance foley (uncredited)
Bud Wolfe .... sound (uncredited)
Al Yaylian .... sound (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
James Dean .... grip (uncredited)
Ralph Gerling .... camera operator (uncredited)
Clifford Hutchison .... electrician (uncredited)
Carl Manoogian .... grip (uncredited)
Ray Marshall .... electrician (uncredited)
Glenn Maschmeyer .... grip (uncredited)
Richard Craig Meinardus .... camera operator (uncredited)
Herb Neft .... electrician (uncredited)
Charles J. Renaud .... grip (uncredited)
Frank Shugrue .... still photographer (uncredited)
Dick Singer .... electrician (uncredited)
Robert Spence .... camera operator (uncredited)
Albert Taffet .... camera operator (uncredited)
Bill Tharp .... grip (uncredited)
Bob Wooten .... electrician (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Richard Bruno .... costumes (uncredited)
Marie Osborne .... costumes (uncredited)
Bernie Pollack .... costume supervisor (uncredited)
Shirlee Strahm .... costumes (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Margaret Booth .... supervising film editor
Location Management
Charles W. Geiger .... location manager (uncredited)
Vince Martinez .... location auditor (uncredited)
Music Department
Ken Runyon .... music editor
Carol Kaye .... musician: bass (uncredited)
Dan Wallin .... scoring mixer (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Paulie DiCocco .... driver: Barbra Streisand (uncredited)
Bill Meredith .... transportation (uncredited)
James Morris .... transportation (uncredited)
Ron Riner .... transportation (uncredited)
Kay Watson .... transportation (uncredited)
Other crew
Betty Crosby .... script supervisor
Phill Norman .... titles
Carol Shapiro .... unit publicist
Nicholas Barber .... stand-in (uncredited)
Sheila Barnes .... secretary to director (uncredited)
Grover Dale .... choreographer (uncredited)
Ken Hardie .... craft service (uncredited)
Art Smith Jr. .... production assistant (uncredited)
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118 min
Color (Eastmancolor) (uncredited)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:13 | Australia:PG | Australia:NRC | Australia:G (original rating) | Canada:PG (Manitoba/Ontario) | Canada:G (Quebec) | Finland:K-12 | Iceland:12 | Japan:G (2009) | Netherlands:12 | Netherlands:14 (1974) | Peru:14 | Singapore:PG | Sweden:11 | UK:A (original rating) | UK:PG (tv rating) | UK:PG (video rating) (1986) (1991) (1999) | USA:PG | West Germany:12

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After preview reactions, director Sydney Pollack took out a sequence of several scenes from the movie's climactic turning point, most notably: (1) a highly emotional scene where Katie drives through UCLA and stops to watch a young woman hold a political speech, reminding Katie of herself 20 years ago (2) a dialog between Katie and Hubbell where he tells her that someone has informed on her. Having a "subversive" wife, it's clear that (unless she would inform, too) he will be fired.See more »
Continuity: Near the beginning of the movie, as Hubble is dancing with Katie, you can see her pearl ring on her finger go from the pearl centered on her ring finger to the ring turned and the pearl is down next to her little finger. The pearl is then centered again on her finger. It also looks like the ring changes size from fitting her snugly to being loose then fitting snugly again.See more »
Hubbell Gardner:[when Katie doesn't want to go to a party with Hubbell's friends] Maybe something terrible will happen - maybe you'll have a good time.See more »
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Is 'The Way We Were' based on a book?
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86 out of 99 people found the following review useful.
Epic and anchored by the history of the century., 20 January 2003
Author: budmassey ( from Indianapolis, IN

Oh, the way they used to make movies. Robert Redford and Babs. The ultimate star-crossed lovers, him a privileged golden boy for whom everything came too easy, but he knew it, and her a socialist politico who had to work harder for everything because she was plain, jewish, and poor.

Through Beekman Place, McCarthyism, Hollywood, World War II and the fact that they simply weren't cut out for each other, they tried until they couldn't try any more. Barbra is deep and intellectual, at least she wants to be, but ends up being the ultimate drama queen, "I'm not pretty enough for you, am I?" and "Nobody will ever love you like I do." Redford is aloof and chilly and beautiful and as shallow as a mud puddle.

BUT, if you can watch that last scene, "I can't Katie." "I know." and not open up the waterworks then pack up your DVD player and give it to the Goodwill, because movies are not for you.

Epic and anchored by the history of the century, The title, The Way We Were refers to all of us. It's how we once were when things mattered and we cared. Too often dismissed as a chick flick or a tear jerker, this is two of the best there ever were at their personal best.

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