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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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Streisand and Redford together!! See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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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

Barbra Streisand was upset about scenes being cut. She explained in a 1999 interview, "There weren't many movies made about this period of time in the blacklist, and that's why it killed me to have those two scenes taken out. I was really heartbroken." See more »

Goofs

(at around 1h 10 mins) When Hubbel is at Katie's apartment, he thumps the frame located close to the window and places both hands on his hips. In the next shot, Hubbell's left hand is placed on the frame. See more »

Quotes

Hubbell Gardner: You think you're easy? Compared to what, the Hundred Years' War?
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Referenced in Trust the Man (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

In The Mood
(1939) (uncredited)
Music by Joe Garland and Andy Razaf
From Wingy Manone's "Tar Paper Stomp" (1930)
Played on a radio (probably by Glenn Miller and His Orchestra)
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One of the best romances of all-time!
15 December 1998 | by MAX80See all my reviews

There are movies about love being made all of the time. After awhile, they all begin to look the same. However, once in awhile, one is made that truly stands out. THE WAY WE WERE is such a film. This film, mixing love and politics, finds two individuals (Barbra Streisand and Robert Redford) who meet in college, but years pass before a romance blooms. She is an political activist, he's bored by politics. She's stern and serious, he's easygoing and laid-back. Although they love each other deeply, their differences begin to tear them apart. As far as romantic tearjerkers go, they don't get much better than this. Both Striesand and Redford are perfectly cast and their characters are ones in which viewers will grow to love and care about. Many viewers will also appreciate the realistic ending. This is a beautiful film.


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