Way We Were

Way We Were

4.3 14
Director: Sydney Pollack

Cast: Barbra Streisand, Robert Redford, Bradford Dillman

     
 

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"Gorgeous goyish guy" meets Jewish radical girl in Sydney Pollack's glossy romance. In 1937, frizzy-haired Red co-ed Katie Morosky (Barbra Streisand) briefly captures the attention of preppy jock Hubbell Gardiner (Robert Redford) with her passionate pacifism, while the writing talent beneath his privileged exterior entrances her. Almost eight years later, the two are… See more details below

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"Gorgeous goyish guy" meets Jewish radical girl in Sydney Pollack's glossy romance. In 1937, frizzy-haired Red co-ed Katie Morosky (Barbra Streisand) briefly captures the attention of preppy jock Hubbell Gardiner (Robert Redford) with her passionate pacifism, while the writing talent beneath his privileged exterior entrances her. Almost eight years later, the two are reunited in New York, when well-coiffed leftist radio worker Katie spies military officer Hubbell snoozing in a nightclub. Through her force of will, and in spite of his smug rich friends, the two opposites fall in love, sparring over Katie's activist zeal and Hubbell's writerly ambivalence after a failed first novel. They head to Hollywood so that Hubbell can write a screenplay for his buddy-turned-producer J.J. (Bradford Dillman). 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 Hollywood Ten, while a faithless Hubbell decides to save his career. When the two meet again at the dawn of the '60s, TV hack Hubbell and A-bomb protestor Katie feel the old pull, but they have to decide if it's worth the grief. Although blacklisted writers had returned to Hollywood -- and won Oscars -- by the early 1970s, the HUAC sections of Arthur Laurents's screenplay were still considered dicey, resulting in substantial cuts; Laurents reportedly blamed star Redford for not fighting them hard enough. Regardless of the edits, and critics' complaints about the film's schlockiness, 1973 audiences went for the well-executed and still politically tinged weepie, turning The Way We Were into one of the most popular films of 1973 and Redford into a major heartthrob. Streisand won an Oscar nomination for Best Actress and the Streisand-sung title tune won for Best Song. Despite the eviscerated politics, The Way We Were poignantly captures the insoluble dilemma of reconciling private desires with public awareness.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Amy Robinson
The classic opposites-attract love story has never been embodied with two more charismatic extremes than Barbra Streisand and Robert Redford. Their classic pairing in The Way We Were may play at times like a would-be history lesson, but its romantic pull is every bit as sweeping as its ambitious story arc. Streisand's aggressively idealistic liberal finds love with a Redford's pragmatic would-be writer against a backdrop of events spanning from the turbulent 1930s to the 1950s. While Redford's shimmering passiveness and Streisand's strident crusading make their characters seem an improbable couple, the chemistry here carries the story through to a wistful climax. Director Sydney Pollack packages this glossy star vehicle beautifully and intelligently, treating the melodrama with sincerity and affection. And in the grand tradition of Hollywood's best "women's pictures," Streisand models a variety of stylish period looks and sings the dewy, much-loved Marvin Hamlisch-penned title theme. The high-water mark among modern tear-jerkers, this bittersweet tale makes a fine romantic litmus test -- and, what's more, the DVD transfer is among the best we've ever seen.
All Movie Guide
An old-fashioned Hollywood melodrama with a progressive gloss, The Way We Were succeeds on the basis of the romantic chemistry between stars Robert Redford and Barbra Streisand. The film tackles the issue of commitment -- political, romantic or otherwise -- but it is the roller coaster love affair that's at the heart of the film. The sprawling script covers a lot of ground, and director Sydney Pollack occasionally strains under the weight of the material. Supposedly, some of Way We Were's more political scenes were cut by the studio, diminishing much of their impact and muddling the film's conclusion. Still, time and time again, it is the charisma between Redford and Streisand that floats the film over its rough spots. Streisand sang the title song, which won an Academy Award and became her first number one single.

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Product Details

Release Date:
07/08/1994
UPC:
0043396602540
Original Release:
1973
Rating:
PG
Source:
Sony Pictures

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Barbra Streisand Katie Morosky
Robert Redford Hubbell Gardiner
Bradford Dillman J.J.
Patrick O'Neal George Bissinger
Viveca Lindfors Paula Reisner
Sally Kirkland Pony Dunbar
James Woods Frankie McVeigh
Lois Chiles Carol Ann
George Gavnes El Morocco
Don Keefer Radio Actor
Brendan Kelly Rally Speaker
Don Koll Officer Dining
Barbara Peterson Ash Blonde
Edward Power Airforce
Robert Dahdah Officer Passing Plaza
Susan Blakely Judianne
Eric Boles Army Corporal
Herb Edelman Bill Verso
Diana Ewing Vicki Bissinger
Constance Forslund Jenny
Robert Gerringer Dr. Short
Murray Hamilton Brooks Carpenter
Roy Jenson Army Captain
Marcia Mae Jones Peggy Vanderbilt
Allyn Ann McLerie Rhea Edwards
Dan Seymour Guest
Suzanne Zenor Dumb Blonde
Andrea True Actor

Technical Credits
Sydney Pollack Director
Alan Bergman Songwriter
Marilyn Bergman Score Composer
Margaret Booth Editor
Richard Bruno Costumes/Costume Designer
John F. Burnett Editor
Don L. Cash Makeup
Grover Dale Choreography
Stephen B. Grimes Production Designer
Marvin Hamlisch Score Composer,Songwriter
Dorothy Jeakins Costumes/Costume Designer
William Kiernan Set Decoration/Design
Howard W. Koch Asst. Director
Arthur Laurents Screenwriter
Gary D. Liddiard Makeup
Moss Mabry Costumes/Costume Designer
David Rayfiel Screenwriter
Richard A. Roth Producer
Alvin Sargent Screenwriter
Jack Solomon Sound/Sound Designer
Ray Stark Producer
Harry Stradling Cinematographer
Barbra Streisand Songwriter

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