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Same Time, Next Year (1978)

PG | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 8 March 1979 (UK)
A married man and a married woman end up sleeping with each other, and decide to meet at the same place every year on the anniversary of their one night stand. As the years go by, they observe changes in each other and their relationship.


Robert Mulligan


Bernard Slade (based on the stage play by), Bernard Slade (screenplay)
Nominated for 4 Oscars. Another 1 win & 3 nominations. See more awards »




Complete credited cast:
Ellen Burstyn ... Doris
Alan Alda ... George Peters
Ivan Bonar ... Chalmers
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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They couldn't have celebrated happier anniversaries if they were married to each other. See more »


Comedy | Drama | Romance


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Ellen Burstyn reprises her role from the Broadway production. Alan Alda replaces Charles Grodin from the original company. (Loretta Swit, Alda's M*A*S*H (1972) co-star, replaced Burstyn in the Broadway role in 1976.) See more »


When Doris is in labor and is in the bathroom, she gives her doctor's phone number to George. A boom mic is visible for about 15 seconds. See more »


Doris: [after nearly getting caught by the in-keeper] Oh, good, he didn't ask about the girdle.
George: What?
Doris: The girdle!
George: [looks down, notices her girdle poking out of his pocket] Oh, great! Now he probably thinks I'm a homo!
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References West Side Story (1961) 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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How about THIS year?
5 July 2003 | by Oldsport57See all my reviews

This is one of my favorite movies of all time, and when I see it on the TV schedule, I watch it, no matter what time it's on.

1978...that was twenty-five years ago. Wouldn't you LOVE to know what Doris and George have been up to after all these years?

After all, it does fit with the original premise, doesn't it?

Alan Alda and Ellen Burstyn are the only necessary actors and they're both still available.

Somebody pick up the ball and run with this!

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8 March 1979 (UK) See more »

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