ABC Film Challenge – Oscar Nominations – W – The Way We Were (1973) Movie Review

Director: Sydney Pollack

Writer: Arthur Laurents (Screenplay)

Starring: Barbra Streisand, Robet Redford, Bradford Dillman, Lois Chiles, Patrick O’Neal, Viveca Lindfors

Plot: In pre-WWII, McCarthyism, a diametrically opposed couple come together only to find out that genuine friendship and physical attraction is not enough to overcome fundamental societal beliefs.

Tagline – Everything seemed so important then .. even love!

Runtime: 1 Hour 58 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: The Way We Were starts as peace campaigner Katie Morosky (Streisand) sees her campaigns laughed at through the college system, while her attraction to popular classmate Hubbell Gardiner (Redford) will leave her questioning a lot, as he is the complete opposite to her.

As the two move into the real-world they get caught up in an affair, but deep down they are caught in the middle of whether they will be able to continue to stay together with their differing beliefs.

Thoughts on The Way We Were

ThoughtsThe Way We Were is a love story that will see the testing relationship between a couple who find themselves constantly clashing over their political views, which will see them pushed to the limits despite the attraction toward each other. The story will focus on the divide created within America in a post-war environment, with the panic over spies and pointing fingers towards anyone that might be seen as different. This will pose an interesting look at relationships and how they have evolved over the years, how couples will have differences and need to respect the others’ opinions. The leading performances from Barbra Streisand and Robert Redford are great showing the natural chemistry they have in their characters, while showing the differences between them.

Final Thoughts The Way We Were is a love story with plenty of political messages.

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