The Way We Were

Synopsis: The often unlikely joint lives of Katie Morosky and Hubbell Gardiner from the late 1930s to the late 1950s is presented, over which time, they are, in no particular order, strangers, acquaintances, friends, best friends, lovers and adversaries. The unlikely nature of their relationship is due to their fundamental differences, where she is Jewish and passionate about her political activism both in political freedoms and Marxism to an extreme where she takes life a little too seriously, while he is the golden boy WASP, being afforded the privileges in life because of his background but who on the most part is able to capitalize on those privileges. Their lives are shown in four general time periods, in chronological order when they attend the same college, their time in New York City during WWII, his life as a Hollywood screenwriter post-war, and his life as a writer for a New York based live television show. It is during college that Hubbell finds his voice in life as a writer, and that
Genre: Drama, Romance
Director(s): Sydney Pollack
Production: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  Won 2 Oscars. Another 5 wins & 7 nominations.
 
IMDB:
7.1
Rotten Tomatoes:
63%
PG
Year:
1973
118 min
1,318 Views


Who is it?

It's Lieutenant Finley.

He's coming up the path.

It might be worth

listening to him, Edna.

So he can tell me about D-day?

I don't wanna hear about D-day.

Look what happened to my son.

Um, hold it, Peggy.

Cut from D-day to:

"Don't tell me about

the black market."

You're making me a bitch

to keep in your propaganda!

Peggy, I'll tell you...

Oh, Jesus!

Oh! Oh, Bill. Katie wants to keep in

the black market. Bill!

Glad you're back.

How did it go?

Ah, goddamn Pentagon, all they see

is red. Where's my coffee?

Get you some in a minute.

Don't cast that broad again.

Takes a reactionary to play one.

Where's my coffee? Can't the

chintzy OWI afford a gofer?

And where's Roxanne?

She called and she said that

she couldn't make it.

We'd like to get set up and

go from the top again, Mr. Verso.

What's the matter?

What is this?

Two lines I wrote.

No good, huh?

Morosky, let me do the writing,

will you? Huh?

Christ, I'm tired of being

a patriot for no money.

Mm...

She can't come?

Nope.

Okay, Katie, you're in luck.

I'm taking you to El Morocco, courtesy

of the Office of War Information.

All right, Americans,

let's take it from the top.

One, two. One, two, three.

Clear the way.

Please clear the way.

Sir, we have a reservation.

There are no more tables.

But we called

and you said...

Sorry, no tables.

I told you...

But we called...

I'd like to know your name and

also why you're not in uniform.

These boys have been in

combat, you fascist rope-holder.

Hi, Fred. Bill Verso. OWI.

Don't tip him.

Get his name!

We were with a whole bunch of people.

Hey, Verso! Merry old Bill Verso.

Hey, Tiny!

Captain, you can't do that!

They're with us.

Come on!

Thanks, Tiny.

Good to see you.

Listen, Katie... Hey, Jimbo!

Hey.

Can't you leave your soapbox

at home just once?

Coming through.

Oh, Christ.

Uh, what do you want to drink?

I know. Dubonnet over ice.

Dubonnet over ice

and a scotch, straight up.

Here's your Dubonnet,

Morosky.

Oh, to be in uniform!

Hubbell Gardiner.

What?

That's his name.

Swell. What's hers?

I suppose they learn that

balance onboard ship.

Absolutely. Let's dance.

What've you got to lose?

I'll probably go overseas soon.

It's pretty hush-hush.

Save Loyalist Spain!

Stop Franco for world peace now!

Write President Roosevelt!

Come on! Do something about it!

Save Spain! Stop Franco!

Stop the slaughter of innocent women

and children. Do something!

Write your congressman today.

Katie, what are you selling?

The ROTC.

You can have it cheap!

Ha-ha-ha.

Fascist.

Memories

Light the corners of my mind

Misty water-colour memories

Of the way we were

Row, Hubbell! Row!

Gardiner! Gardiner! Gardiner!

Scattered pictures

Of the smiles we left behind

Smiles we gave to one another

For the way we were

Can it be

That it was all so simple then?

Or has time rewritten every line?

If we had the chance

To do it all again

Tell me, would we?

Could we?

Memories

May be beautiful, and yet

What's too painful to remember

We simply choose to forget

So it's the laughter

We will remember

Whenever we remember

The way we were

The way we

Were

A true peace rally

Aah!

Should cover the entire spectrum

from extreme right

to extreme left.

As our next speaker proves.

The president of the Young Communist

League. She needs no introduction.

Miss Katie Morosky.

Guess I do need an introduction.

Back up, Katie.

Yeah, all the way to Moscow!

You can still take Communion

and like the Soviet Union!

What's cooking in the Kremlin, Katie?

The Kremlin's worried about

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Arthur Laurents

Arthur Laurents (July 14, 1917 – May 5, 2011) was an American playwright, stage director and screenwriter.After writing scripts for radio shows after college and then training films for the U.S. Army during World War II, Laurents turned to writing for Broadway, producing a body of work that includes West Side Story (1957), Gypsy (1959), and Hallelujah, Baby! (1967), and directing some of his own shows and other Broadway productions. His early film scripts include Rope (1948) for Alfred Hitchcock, followed by Anastasia (1956), Bonjour Tristesse (1958), The Way We Were (1973), and The Turning Point (1977). more…

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