Same Time, Next Year

1978

Same Time, Next Year

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Total Count: 5

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Based on Bernard Slade's Broadway play of the same name, this film is about George, a married New Jersey accountant (Alan Alda), and Doris, a housewife (Ellen Burstyn). The two accidentally meet in a Californian country inn in 1951. They have an affair, which they continue for the next 25 years, meeting only once a year for a weekend getaway at the same hotel. Through their long-running love affair, the audience witnesses the changes within America and its lifestyles over the course of a quarter of a century.

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Critic Reviews for Same Time, Next Year

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Audience Reviews for Same Time, Next Year

  • Mar 07, 2014
    Likely something that your mom would like. two married people go through life having an affair once a year at the same hotel. They talk about their lives and how they have changed but they still have each other. Slightly barfy.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • Jun 13, 2013
    A man and a woman meet every year to carry on a multi-decade affair. Two-handers, plays or films with only two characters, require two excellent actors who can carry the film. Alan Alda and Ellen Burstyn are two such actors, but this film needs more than their strong work. What makes the film ultimately fail is the inconsistency of the characters. Even though Alda does well in this scene, it's difficult to imagine the man we've been getting to know for the last hour turning into a callous conservative prick. The same is true for the scene in which Doris comes in decked in full hippie gear. Also, George's neuroticism occasionally gets annoying, a fault of the script giving him ridiculous lines that -- once again -- aren't consistent with the rest of the character. Overall, Burstyn and Alda do their best, but crazy glue couldn't hold this film together.
    Jim H Super Reviewer
  • Apr 11, 2009
    This is very obviously another love story that needed screen time. Highly entertaining but not a justification for cheating on your spouse.
    Ameeta . Super Reviewer
  • Feb 03, 2009
    In a weird way it's kinda like the Godfather. The protagonists are doing a wrong thing, but you root for them to make it work.
    James K Super Reviewer

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