The Way We Were

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A Love Story with Redford and Streisand making an undeniably attractive pair. Though doomed from the start (by class, ethnic background, commitment), they get in their share of mileage, from college days of '37 to the break-up of their marriage in '50s Hollywood, where he's a compromised writer. Like their relationship, the film works best when they are alone. But with the script glossing whole areas of confrontation (from the communist '30s to the McCarthy witch-hunts), it often passes into the haze of a nostalgic fashion parade. Although Streisand's liberated Jewish lady is implausible, and emphasises the period setting as just so much dressing, Redford's Fitzgerald-type character, whose easy success carries the seeds of his possible destruction, is an intriguing trailer for his later Great Gatsby. It's a performance that brings more weight to the film than it deserves, often hinting at depths that are finally skated over.

Release details

Duration: 118 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Sydney Pollack
Screenwriter: Arthur Laurents
Cast: James Woods
Murray Hamilton
Herb Edelman
Allyn Ann McLerie
Barbra Streisand
Lois Chiles
Robert Redford
Viveca Lindfors
Patrick O'Neal
Bradford Dillman

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Sarah G

Saw this as part of the BFI's love festival & while it wasn't as emotional as I expected I really enjoyed it. I was drawn to it by the references in Sex & the City. On the surface it's a glossy, glamorous, dated film with some iconic actors. But it has quite a lot of depth, examine history & politics & how they play into people's personalities, relationships & compatibility.

I can see why it's considered a classic & why Redford was such a sex symbol.