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Same Time, Next Year (1978)

PG | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 8 March 1979 (UK)
A man and woman meet by chance at a romantic inn over dinner. Although both are married to others, they find themselves in the same bed the next morning questioning how this could have ... See full summary »


Robert Mulligan


Bernard Slade (based on the stage play by), Bernard Slade (screenplay)

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Nominated for 4 Oscars. Another 1 win & 3 nominations. See more awards »




Complete credited cast:
Ellen Burstyn ... Doris
Alan Alda ... George Peters
Ivan Bonar Ivan Bonar ... Chalmers
Bernie Kuby Bernie Kuby ... Waiter
Cosmo Sardo ... Second Waiter
David Northcutt David Northcutt ... Pilot #1
William Cantrell William Cantrell ... Pilot #2


A man and woman meet by chance at a romantic inn over dinner. Although both are married to others, they find themselves in the same bed the next morning questioning how this could have happened. They agree to meet on the same weekend each year. Originally a stage play, the two are seen changing, years apart, always in the same room in different scenes. Each of them always appears on schedule, but as time goes on each has some personal crisis that the other helps them through, often without both of them understanding what is going on. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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Anniversaries should be spent with the one you love... Even if you aren't married to them. See more »


Comedy | Drama | Romance


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Release Date:

8 March 1979 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

El año que viene a la misma hora See more »


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Black and White (montage)| Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Director Robert Mulligan did not see the "Same Time, Next Year" stage play (it was still being performed when this film was in development and shot). Mulligan wished to have an unaffected vision for the film but this was a bone of contention for source playwright Bernard Slade. See more »


The exterior of the cabin set (window and door placement, size, etc) does not match the interior set. See more »


George: When I touched you just now, I started to get excited. What kind of a pervert am I? Staring at a 200 pound pregnant woman, and I'm getting hot!
Doris: Well, I'll tell you something. That is about the nicest thing that anybody's said to me in months.
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References The Andy Griffith Show (1960) See more »


The Last Time I Felt Like This
Music by Marvin Hamlisch
Lyrics by Alan Bergman and Marilyn Bergman
Performed by Johnny Mathis and Jane Olivor
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A Timeless Film, never outdated always one for the romantics
11 April 2004 | by jyates-2See all my reviews

I'm an old romantic, and the thought that something like this could happen to me fills me with emotion. Most men would say that this is a chick flick and not give it a second look, but if they would take the time and watch it through they would see more than just a little of their own fantasies wrapped up in this package. The movie is full of some very powerfully emotive scenes, and as masculine as I like to think I am it has me on the verge of tears more than once. A wonderful movie with two great actors, can't wait for the DVD my tape is getting thin.

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