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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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George Bissinger
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Paula Reisner
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Rhea Edwards
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Brooks Carpenter
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Bill Verso
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Vicki Bissinger
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Pony Dunbar
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Peggy Vanderbilt
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Army Corporal
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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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19 October 1973 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Nuestros años felices  »

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$49,919,870, 31 December 1974
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(Eastmancolor) (uncredited)

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2.35 : 1
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Barbra Streisand and Robert Redford had very different approaches to acting. Streisand liked to analyze the part at length and rehearse a great deal, while Redford was more of an intuitive actor, preferring to be more spontaneous. According to Sydney Pollack, "Barbra would call me up every night at nine, ten o'clock and talk about the next day's work for an hour, two hours on the phone. Then she'd get in there and start to talk and Bob would want to do it. And Bob felt the more the talk went, the staler he got. She would feel like he was rushing her. The more rehearsing we did, she would begin to go uphill and he would peak and go downhill. So I was like a jockey trying to figure out when to roll the camera and get them to coincide." See more »

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At the beginning of the movie, Katie walks into a bar with Bill. They agree that Katie will have her usual, Dubonnet on the rocks. Bill disappears for a moment, then returns with Katie's drink, which has absolutely no ice. See more »

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[to Katie]
Hubbell Gardner: You hold on and I don't know how. And I wish I did. Maybe you were born committed... I can't get negative enough. I can't get angry enough. And I can't get positive enough.
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Red Sails In The Sunset
(1935) (uncredited)
Music by Will Grosz
Played as dance music at the El Morocco
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One of the best romances of all-time!
15 December 1998 | by See 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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