The Way We Were (1973)

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In 1937 spit-fire Katie Morosky briefly meets the preppy Hubbell Gardiner. Almost eight years later, the two are reunited in New York, when leftist radio worker Katie spies military officer Hubbell in a nightclub. The two opposites fall in love and head to Hollywood so that Hubbell can write a screenplay for producer pal J.J. But the House Committee on Un-American Activities' Communist witch hunt in 1947 tears the pair apart, as a pregnant Katie refuses to keep silent about the jailing of the … More

Rating: PG (adult situations)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Arthur Laurents, David Rayfiel, Alvin Sargent
In Theaters:
On DVD: May 22, 2001
Runtime:
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

Cast


as Katie Morosky

as Hubbell Gardner

as Carol Ann

as George Bissinger

as Rhea Edwards

as El Morocco

as Brooks Carpenter

as Bill Verso

as Vicki Bissinger

as Pony Dunbar

as Peggy Vanderbilt

as Radio Actor

as El Morocco Captain

as Army Corporal

as Army Captain

as Rally Speaker

as Frankie McVeigh

as Judianne

as Airforce

as Dumb Blonde

as Guest

as Professor's Wife

as Officer Dining

as Officer Passing Plaz...
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Critic Reviews for The Way We Were

All Critics (19) | Top Critics (4)

A distended, talky, redundant and moody melodrama.

Full Review… | May 26, 2008
Variety
Top Critic

A for effort; C for execution.

Full Review… | May 26, 2008
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

With the script glossing whole areas of confrontation (from the communist '30s to the McCarthy witch-hunts), it often passes into the haze of a nostalgic fashion parade.

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

It's easy to forgive the movie a lot because of Streisand. She's fantastic.

Full Review… | October 23, 2004
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Old-fashioned sudser.

Full Review… | January 26, 2010
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

In Pollack's schmaltzy romantic melodrama, real politics is in the background (of course), but the movie is enjoyable as a star vehicle for its handsome stars, Redford and Streisand in their only film together, not to mention Hamlisch's melodic tone.

Full Review… | July 29, 2009
EmanuelLevy.Com

Audience Reviews for The Way We Were

This movie starts out with heated sociopolitical debate and a great feminist role model, but then brassy, independent Katie devolves into Overly Attached Girlfriend - fawning over Hubbell, the poor little rich boy with a streak of writing talent, who buys her a beer and patronizingly ties her freakin' shoe? (I hate all shoe-tying imagery in art! I hate it when looks-so-much-like-his-dead-mother Ginny does it to Harry Potter. I hate it when Ted does it to baby-talking Boats-Boats-Boats Becky on HIMYM. I surprisingly don't mind glass slipper symbology because it's quick, okay? You just slip it on. "It's the condom of our generation." Tying a shoe is a ham-handed, Oedipal commitment of a romantic gesture.)

Anyway, Katie essentially rapes him and ropes him into falling in love with her, but she's made to apologize so much for her tempestuousness and "wrong style" while Robert Redford's dead eyes glaze over in a masquerade of privileged, white, liberal ennui.

The flashback structure of the film's beginning is also wasted. I thought YEARS had gone by before they meet again and that the whole movie would be about their college relationship and "the way they were"... The movie gets so episodic after that inciting incident, documenting every bit of grueling conflict contributing to their doomed partnership.

A donnee or redemption moment nearly appears when Katie shouts, "You'll never find anyone as good for you as I am, to believe in you as much as I do or to love you as much!" but it's too late. They're still wrong for each other, but we're never given a convincing enough reason in the script or the performances for why they got together in the first place and why they stayed together for so long. And he never meets their daughter? Weird.

Highlight is Barbra Streisand's soaring mezzo-soprano in Marvin Hamlisch's titular song.

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Alice Shen

Super Reviewer

Set against the background of political turmoil, a radical and a milquetoast writer fall in love.
A saccharine love story, when this film succeeds it's because Robert Redford was just absolutely dreamy in his prime. He was also a great actor, working with a subtle strength and playing off his natural magnetism. However, most of the time, there is little that any actor can do to save this meandering script. There is a certain truth to relationships that flounder because there is too much work involved, but this theme is more developed in real life than in cinema, and this film doesn't do much original.
I've never been a fan of Barbra Streisand as a cultural icon or as an actress, and while I can't say that there was anything horrible about her acting, there wasn't anything extraordinary either.
Overall, this film is another reason to love Redford, but the story is weak.

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Jim Hunter

Super Reviewer

Saddest romantic movie you'll ever see. Redford and Streisand have beautiful performances as they star in this romantic classic from the 70s set in the late 30s and 40s about two completly opposite people struggling in a relationship. If you are are a true romantic like I am you'll love this Redford/Streisand classic. Love this movie :) You will too :) Just great :)

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Cassie Hill

Super Reviewer

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