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The Way We Were (1973) [DVD]

Barbra Streisand , Robert Redford , Patrick O'Neal    Parental Guidance   DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Barbra Streisand, Robert Redford, Bradford Dillman, Viveca Lindfors, Herb Edelmann
  • Directors: Patrick O'Neal
  • Producers: Marvin Hamlisch
  • Format: PAL, Anamorphic, Widescreen, Dolby, Digital Sound
  • Language: English, French, German
  • Subtitles: Arabic, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Hindi, Icelandic, Norwegian
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 1 Feb 2010
  • Run Time: 113 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0038AL79M
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,242 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



A classic early 1970s weepie, The Way We Were stars Barbra Streisand as a Communist activist in the late 30s and 40s and Robert Redford as the ambitious young writer who marries her, cheats on her and eventually leaves her in the early days of McCarthyism for the sake of his Hollywood screenwriting career. Arthur Laurent's intelligent screenplay, remarkable performances from the two stars and Marvin Hamlisch's Oscar-winning score and theme song combined to produce a film that even as hostile a critic as Pauline Kael had to admit worked.

On the DVD: The DVD re-release includes the usual subtitling facilities, the theatre trailer and a documentary on the film's making, which includes one of the more political scenes deleted for commercial release; it is also possible to watch the film with a detailed commentary from Sydney Pollack about the problems of its making, problems which included writing new scenes so that Redford was not entirely upstaged by Streisand in the audience's sympathies. --Roz Kaveney

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Aspiring writer Hubbell Gardiner (Robert Redford) and Jewish political activist Katie Morosky (Barbra Streisand) meet at college in the 1930s. Although attracted to each other, a romance does not ensue. However, they meet again during the Second World War, beginning an affair which eventually leads to marriage. But the relationship comes under strain when Katie begins to feel that Hubbell, pursuing his writing career in California, is beginning to sell out. Marvin Hamlisch won an Oscar for his sweeping score.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The way we were DVD 13 Jan 2012
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Got this as a stocking filler for the wife. Good price. I ordered this with Military Wives and had to wait an extra couple of weeks waiting for the cd to be released. Not worried though.
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41 of 48 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars OPPOSITES ATTRACT... 10 Sep 2003
Format:VHS Tape
This film, starring Barbra Streisand and Robert Redford, helped propel Redford to superstardom. While Barbra Streisand was already a superstar, with the release of both The Sting and The Way We Were in 1973, Robert Redford's future in the film industry was assured.
In this film, revolving around the class of 1937, Katie Morosky (Barbra Streisand) is a strident, political activist who is way to the left. Working her way through college, Katie is not the most popular figure on campus, but rather, the butt of jokes, often at her expense. She is a young, working class, Jewish woman with an edge and a bit of a chip on her shoulder. Humorless and dour, with her wild fro of hair, she is an individualist who is dedicated to causes that she feels will make the world a better place. She does not hesitate to speak her mind. This stance often finds her on the outside looking in.
Hubbell Gardner (Robert Redford), on the other hand, is the quintessential Wasp, living the American dream. Blessed with All-American, golden boy good looks, charm, and grace, burnished by privilege, Hubbell is a poster boy for the old guard. He is a living icon for Wasp values. He is more than the sum of his parts, however, as he is also an aspiring writer with a way with words. While Katie, undeniably, has a crush on him, she despises his world. Hubbell, ever the gentleman, sees a spark in Katie that somehow draws him to her. Yet, while in college they are never more than passing acquaintances.
Years later, they meet up again. This time, Katie has since improved her appearance, and Hubbell has written his first book. Katie is still sweet on Hubbell, and her energy, intensity, and zest for life attract him.
This is an entertaining film in which romance and love are played out against a backdrop of historical events.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ahhhh 9 Jan 2010
Have to confess I haven't actually unwrapped this DVD since it arrived, bought it to replace the old video recording I have. This film is my all time favourite and have seen it many times. Looking forward to an evening when the kids are asleep, when I'm not too tired to sit down with a glass/bottle of wine, a plate of something fattening and a box of tissues to watch the story of love between two mismatched persons. It could have worked out but didn't and you never quite forget your first love... I'm filling up already
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars beautiful 28 Jan 2014
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I watched this film many years ago,and decided to buy my daughter this film for Xmas. She loved it as much I did.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Barbra and Robert ... gorgeous! 31 Dec 2013
By Adele
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I hope that someone in Hollywood reads this and realizes that it is time to make Part II of this classic film. I have read many reviews about this film but found that the onscreen chemistry between these two icons is mesmerizing... I hope that in my lifetime we see this film made into part II...
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars All from a Tv Series 10 July 2009
By J. Long
So id never heard of the way we were till i was watching the gilmore girls and i heard them keep talking about it on there - so i bought the way we were and have never looked back its such a brilliant love story and will melt your heart. i love it !!
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of best films ever made! 11 April 2014
By Ali H
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I think this film is faultless but then I am biased as I love Robert Redford He is wonderful as Hubbell,nails it! Streisand is excellent. It is a great story,one of the best romantic weepies Unless you have a heart of stone,you will need tissues ,but save some of them for Out Of Africa,you need to see that too!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Film 22 Mar 2014
By Steph
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Bought this DVD after seeing the film on television and really liked it, although I was disappointed by the ending, I really liked the film and it arrived quickly in brand new packaging. However the disc did skip a couple of times during the film.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Highly reccommended
Wanted to watch this as they discuss it in sex and the city and wanted to see what it was about.
Really enjoyed it
Published 1 month ago by MIss R Biggs
2.0 out of 5 stars the Way we Were
Robert Redford is easy on the eye but she is smoking whilst pregnant and he goes off and has a relationship whilst she is expectant - great storyline . . .
Published 1 month ago by Debbie Roberts
5.0 out of 5 stars Two people in something
Played this film in response to all the pink and reds in the shops just now. Relationships are not a game. The Way We Were is how it is. Two people fundamentally different. Read more
Published 2 months ago by W. Rodick
5.0 out of 5 stars The Way we were DVD
It arrived promptly and it was just what I wanted. This had been recommended by a friend who assured me would like it. I have not yet a had the time to watch it.
Published 3 months ago by Barbara Evans
5.0 out of 5 stars The Way We Were
This is another DVD for my collection, I buy when the price is right and keep for viewing on cold, dark winter evenings. Looking forward to watching this DVD
Published 4 months ago by Mrs. Jennifer Warden
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
I rated 5 stars as I love any film with barbra in have been tryign to collect all films with her in it this was great to watch would recommend to all
Published 4 months ago by Miss K. Clarke
5.0 out of 5 stars The Way We Were (DVD)
I just love this film and am very glad to have got it. It was a good price which was a bonus..
Published 4 months ago by Juliana
1.0 out of 5 stars Shameful
This glossy tosh was treated with surprising respect by many critics and was a box-office hit, but it's pretty disgusting. Read more
Published 6 months ago by gustavus
5.0 out of 5 stars a real fan
this is fantastic would recommend to any of my friends. it was very good indeed watched it time and time again
Published 7 months ago by rose petal
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