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The Way We Were (1973)

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Two disparate people have a wonderful romance, but their political views and convictions drive them apart.

Director:

Sydney Pollack

Writer:

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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Some memories last forever. 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:

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

According to Sydney Pollack, there was considerable pressure for the film to be a hit. He recalled, "Columbia [Pictures] was terribly worried. They were going under at the time, they were changing management, they hadn't had a hit in years." See more »

Goofs

In Katie's apartment the first time Hubbel visits, Katie prepares hot water for coffee. As she leaves the kitchen, it is clear that the top of the kettle is on crooked. As she enters the bedroom where Hubbell is sleeping in the bed, the kettle starts to whistle which startles Hubbell. The kettle would not have whistled with the top lop-sided. See more »

Quotes

Katie Morosky Gardner: I don't have the right style for you do I?
Hubbell Gardner: No you don't have the right style.
Katie Morosky Gardner: I'll change.
Hubbell Gardner: No, don't change. You're your own girl, you have your own style.
Katie Morosky Gardner: But then I won't have you. Why can't I have you?
Hubbell Gardner: Because you push too hard, every damn minute. There's no time to ever relax and enjoy living. Every things too serious to be so serious.
Katie Morosky Gardner: If I push too hard it's because I want things to be better, I want us to be better, I want you to be better. Sure I make waves you have I mean you have to. ...
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Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Charlton Heston/Paul Westerberg (1993) See more »

Soundtracks

Wrap Your Troubles In Dreams (And Dream Your Troubles Away)
(1931) (uncredited)
Music by Harry Barris
Played as dance music at the El Morocco
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breathless
23 August 2002 | by Movie_Man 500See all my reviews

Had to see this one again after years had elapsed between viewings, and the hair brushed from the face ending still gets to me. Weep weep, boo hoo. Speaking of hair, Babs looks better with her hair curly here, it always seems stiff flattened out. I still can't figure out if Hubbel was challenged by Katie or if he fell for her because he knew she loved him deeply, even if their relationship was based more on her attraction to him than his to hers. I never thought he truly felt comfortable with her. Because she was so "serious" all the time, as he tried to tell her. Romance was bound to fail because he could never think about other people the way she did and she in turn could never relax. The public confrontation during the communist witch hunt is the last straw and eventually leads us to the sidewalks of New York, where Katie's hair is curly again and Hubbel comments that she must have lost her iron. A truly moving romance with some stretches of dullness here and there but never at the expense of character. Both stars look great, with Streisand definitely robbed at Oscar time.


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