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The Way We Were (1973)

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Two disparate people have a wonderful romance, but their political views and convictions drive them apart.

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Sydney Pollack

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Arthur Laurents
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Barbra Streisand ... Katie
Robert Redford ... Hubbell
Bradford Dillman ... J. J.
Lois Chiles ... Carol Ann
Patrick O'Neal ... George Bissinger
Viveca Lindfors ... Paula Reisner
Allyn Ann McLerie ... Rhea Edwards
Murray Hamilton ... Brooks Carpenter
Herb Edelman ... Bill Verso
Diana Ewing ... Vicki Bissinger
Sally Kirkland ... Pony Dunbar
Marcia Mae Jones ... Peggy Vanderbilt
Don Keefer ... Actor
George Gaynes ... El Morocco Captain
Eric Boles Eric Boles ... Army Corporal
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Storyline

The often unlikely joint lives of Katie Morosky and Hubbell Gardiner from the late 1930s to the late 1950s is presented, over which time, they are, in no particular order, strangers, acquaintances, friends, best friends, lovers and adversaries. The unlikely nature of their relationship is due to their fundamental differences, where she is Jewish and passionate about her political activism both in political freedoms and Marxism to an extreme where she takes life a little too seriously, while he is the golden boy WASP, being afforded the privileges in life because of his background but who on the most part is able to capitalize on those privileges. Their lives are shown in four general time periods, in chronological order when they attend the same college, their time in New York City during WWII, his life as a Hollywood screenwriter post-war, and his life as a writer for a New York based live television show. It is during college that Hubbell finds his voice in life as a writer, and ... Written by Huggo

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Streisand and Redford together!! See more »

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Drama | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

19 October 1973 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Way We Were See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$49,919,870, 31 December 1974
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor) (uncredited)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

One of the few songs featured that was not a Marvin Hamlisch composition, 'The Glory of Love' was the theme music used for the '68 movie, "Guess Who's Coming To Dinner". Its star, Katherine Hepburn, shared the Best Actress Oscar with this movie's star, Barbra Streisand, when she was honored for "Funny Girl". The only time that award vote tied. See more »

Goofs

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 Hubbell is sleeping in the bed, the kettle starts to whistle which startles Hubbell. The kettle would not have whistled with the top lop-sided. See more »

Quotes

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.
Hubbell Gardner: Katie, it was never uncomplicated.
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The Way We Were
(1973)
Composed by Marvin Hamlisch
Lyrics by Marilyn Bergman 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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Opposites attract, but rarely last
6 August 2009 | by sdave7596See all my reviews

"The Way We Were" released in 1973, stars two of the biggest names in show biz then and now, Barbra Streisand and Robert Redford. The story is basically a weepy melodrama, but who cares? Both of these superstars are the reason to watch. At first, we cannot imagine what they see in one another. They meet in college, circa 1937 -- Katie (Streisand) is a wallflower political activist, Hubble (Redford) is the Golden Boy track star. Yes, both were too old to play college students, so it is obvious the director surrounded them with people their own age, with some decent supporting actors like Lois Chiles and a younger James Woods. The two are reunited by World War II, Redford is in the military but also part of the uppity "Beekman Street" crowd, Streisand is a liberal who is nuts about FDR and working on various political causes. The unlikely twosome fall in love, get married, and do not always have an easy time. Redford doesn't mind his wife's political activity, but he is bored by politics and cannot relate to them. The turbulent 1950's hit, Redford is a writer in "Red Scare" Hollywood who takes the easy way out; Streisand believes people should always stand up for their principles, no matter the cost. Sydney Pollack directed this fine film, and had to convince his friend Redford to take on the part of Hubble Gardner; Redford was reluctant, and it is easy to see why. His character, while a decent guy at heart, is also shallow, somewhat superficial, and doesn't take life seriously. The film obviously exploits Redford's golden boy looks, something he always detested. Streisand's part is obviously the more interesting one, as the part was exclusively written for her. And while her character may not fit in on "Beekman Street," she looks fabulous here. All in all, this is one of the finest romances to come out of the 1970's that also has intelligence and class.


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