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The Way We Were (1973)

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Two desperate 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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Everything seemed so important then .. even love! See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

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PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

19 October 1973 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Nuestros años felices 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

This film won Barbra Streisand her second Best Actress Oscar nomination. Both times, she was in direct competition with Joanne Woodward, who was nominated for "Rachel, Rachel" and "Summer Wishes, Winter Dreams", respectively. See more »

Goofs

At the end of the movie, the thick collar on Katie's coat is alternately up/down between shots. See more »

Quotes

Katie Morosky Gardner: Your girl is lovely, Hubbell. Why don't you bring her for a drink when you come?
Hubbell Gardner: I can't come, Katie. I can't...
Katie Morosky Gardner: I know...
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Referenced in The O.C.: The Way We Were (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

The Glory Of Love
(1936) (uncredited)
Written by Billy Hill
Played as dance music at the El Morocco
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One of the very best!
6 August 1999 | by Del-ConSee all my reviews

I can remember seeing THE WAY WE WERE when I was in high school and being surprised by how much I had enjoyed it. Romances were never really my thing, but I had always enjoyed the work of Robert Redford, so I decided to give it a try. I was floored by the power and beauty of film! My initial reactions to the film were, once again, how natural and charismatic Redford is as the classic example of the college golden boy, who feels slightly trapped. After the credits began to roll, I knew right then that I had seen something special, something that would pass the test of time. I assume others felt the same way, the film went on to become an international blockbuster and the top grosser of the year.

Years later, I watched THE WAY WE WERE again. Now older, I had a new perspective on the film, and to be completely honest, I enjoyed it even more! While I still think Redford is great in this film, I discovered that it is actually Barbra Streisand who gives the better performance. As the political activist Katie, Streisand has one her best roles since Fanny Brice in the original FUNNY GIRL and she provides a show-stopping performance. She displays both strength and vulnerability, she is at once both scorned and innocent. Her's is one of the best performances of the 70's.

The final verdict: THE WAY WE WERE stands the test of time as one of the best films of it's kind. Watch this film for the most moving finale in film history, for the knock out performance from Streisand, for the long-lasting chemistry between Redford and Streisand, and for one of the most famous and touching love stories of this century.

Out of 10, I'd rate THE WAY WE WERE a solid 10!


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