The Way We Were

The Way We Were

Sydney Pollack (1973)

113min
PG Certificate
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Review

Our Score
In this glossy romantic drama, Barbra Streisand and Robert Redford play the ideal odd couple: she's poor, jittery, Jewish and a radical; he's rich, self-assured, Gentile and conservative. Their relationship is set against the backdrop of a changing America, including the McCarthy-era witch-hunts, and every scene seems dreamed up by a dating-agency computer, though the sheer professionalism of the picture and the performances can't fail to touch you. Redford, as a character seemingly hewn from the pages of F Scott Fitzgerald (he's a writer to boot), is perfectly cast and Streisand is simply Streisand. Watch out for James Woods in an early role.

Summary

Upper-class novelist Hubbell Gardiner and Jewish political activist Katie Morosky meet at college in the 1930s and later marry. Although very much in love, their opposing political outlooks lead to conflict when Hubbell's successful career as a Hollywood screenwriter is compromised by his wife's socialist leanings. As the 1950s dawn it becomes clear their differences are too great to overcome. Romantic drama, with Robert Redford, Barbra Streisand, Bradford Dillman and Murray Hamilton.

Cast & Crew

Katie Morosky Barbra Streisand
Hubbell Gardiner Robert Redford
JJ Bradford Dillman
Brooks Carpenter Murray Hamilton
Pony Dunbar Sally Kirkland
Carol Ann Lois Chiles
George Bissinger Patrick O'Neal
Paula Reisner Viveca Lindfors
Director Sydney Pollack
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourAvailable on: video and DVD
Drama