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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.

Director:

Sydney Pollack

Writer:

Arthur Laurents
Won 2 Oscars. Another 4 wins & 8 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Barbra Streisand ... Katie Morosky
Robert Redford ... Hubbell Gardiner
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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Some memories last forever. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

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PG | See all certifications »

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Despite their differences, Barbra Streisand and Robert Redford had a deep respect for each other and worked well together. They were both opposite in many ways, just like their characters, and they used those differences to the benefit of the film. See more »

Goofs

When the radio announcer refers to the time of Franklin Roosevelt's death, he says it occurred at 5:45 in the morning. President Roosevelt died in the early afternoon. See more »

Quotes

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.
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Connections

Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Ruth Gordon/Chuck Berry (1977) See more »

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Wrap Your Troubles In Dreams (And Dream Your Troubles Away)
(1931) (uncredited)
Music by Harry Barris
Played as dance music at the El Morocco
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Epic and anchored by the history of the century.
20 January 2003 | by budmasseySee all my reviews

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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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

19 October 1973 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$45,000,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$45,000,000
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor) (uncredited)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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