Greatest Film Scenes
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The Way We Were (1973)


Written by Tim Dirks

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Movie Title/Year and Scene Descriptions

The Way We Were (1973)

In Sydney Pollack's melodramatic chick flick:

  • the on-and-off, star-crossed romance-marriage-divorce between two radical opposites: Jewish political activist Kate Morosky (Barbra Streisand) and WASP writer Hubbell Gardner (Robert Redford), spanning from the 30s, through World War II to the McCarthy-era 1950's
  • the tearjerking final scene in which they accidentally met up again in New York after many years, as she was handing out "Ban the Bomb" leaflets; the strains of the Oscar-winning title song (heard in the background during the opening credits) was reprised in the final sequence when she characteristically brushed the hair back on his brow music from Marvin Hamlisch - "Mem'ries, like the corners of my mind / Misty water-colored memories of the way we were")


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