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The Way We Were

The Way We Were – 1973
Sydney Pollack

Arthur Laurents

Barbra Streisand
Robert Redford
Bradford Dillman

Review by Wayne Malin

Mixed feelings,
Love story mixed with politics. Radical Barbra Streisand falls for all-American boy Robert Redford. It chronicles their relationship from the 1930s to the 1950s. They love each other but her political commitment bothers him–can their relationship survive?

On one hand I love this movie–the title song is wonderful (of course); Streisand and Redford do have chemistry between them; the script is sharp and intelligent; the film looks absolutely beautiful with particular care and attention given to the clothes and settings; it doesn’t downplay the politics; the romance never becomes too mushy–but this movie left me kind of cold.

I never really believed Redford and Streisand were lovers–they DO have chemistry and she gives out a great performance–but Redford is so stone-faced I didn’t know how to take him. Also there was severe cutting in the last reel leaving some serious plot holes. So Redford’s non-acting and the plot loopholes seriously damage the film.

Still it’s worth seeing for all the other actors–all of whom are excellent (especially a very young James Woods and Lois Chiles) and some truly romantic love scenes. And, again, the beautiful title song.

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