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Way We Were, The (Columbia 1973, Barbra Streisand, Robert Redford)

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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.

Academy Award: Marvin Hamlisch

Academy Award Nominations: Harry Stradling Jr, Barbra Streisand

production details
USA | Columbia – Rastar | 118 minutes | 1973

Writer: Arthur Laurents from his own novel
Music: Marvin Hamlisch
Cinematography: Harry Stradling Jr
Producer: Ray Stark
Director: Sydney Pollack

cast
Barbra Streisand as Katie Morosky
Sally Kirkland as Pony Dunbar
Robert Redford as Hubbell Gardner
George Gaynes as El Morocco Captain
Lois Chiles as Carol Ann
Bradford Dillman as J.J.
Patrick O’Neal as George Bissinger
Viveca Lindfors as Paula Reisner
Allyn Ann McLerie as Rhea Edwards
Murray Hamilton as Brooks Carpenter
Herb Edelman as Bill Verso
Diana Ewing as Vicki Bissinger
Marcia Mae Jones as Peggy Vanderbilt
Don Keefer as Actor
Eric Boles as Army Corporal
James Woods as Frankie McVeigh
Brendan Kelly as Rally Speaker