Oscar-nominated Barbra Streisand and Robert Redford star in moving romantic movie The Way We Were as two disparate souls whose differences eventually become too great to conquer their love. She plays feisty Katie, a communist and agitator at college, where Hubbell (Redford) is the louche star athlete who has a way with words to woo her.
From their meeting on campus in the 30s, through the war years and into the dark days of the McCarthy hearings, where her integrity threatens his career, Sydney Pollack’s film is centered on the two leads, who reward him with stunning performances, Streisand coming out possibly ahead because of the strength her on-screen character must possess. She also sang the film’s title song, which won an Oscar and has since gone on to become a classic ballad.
USA / Columbia – Rastar / 118 minutes / 1973 Eastmancolor and Panavision
Writer: Arthur Laurents from his own novel / Music: Marvin Hamlisch / Cinematography: Harry Stradling Jr / Producer: Ray Stark / Director: Sydney Pollack
Cast: Barbra Streisand, Robert Redford, Patrick O’Neal, Viveca Lindfors, Bradford Dillman, Lois Chiles, Allyn Ann McLerie, Herb Edelman, Murray Hamilton
Academy Award: Marvin Hamlisch
Academy Award Nominations: Harry Stradling Jr, Barbra Streisand