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The Way We Were (1973)

This classy soap opera set in the McCarthy era was fortunate to have inspired casting with Redford and Streisand as mismatched lovers whose ideological differences pull them apart.

Katie Morosky (Streisand) is a plain Jewish left-wing campus radical during the 1930s. Hubbell Gardiner (Redford) is a handsome apolitical WASP athlete who is also a burgeoning novelist.

It’s an old-fashioned romance with a depressingly modern ending. Improbably they fall in love and marry, but he sells out his writing talents to Hollywood and she is willing to sacrifice everything – including her husband – for her political convictions.

Streisand captures her liberal, pre-feminist character perfectly.

Katie Morosky
Barbra Streisand
Hubbell Gardiner
Robert Redford
JJ
Bradford Dillman
Carol Ann
Lois Chiles
George Bissinger
Patrick O’Neal
Paula Reisner
Viveca Lindfors
Rhea Edwards
Allyn Ann McLerie
Brooks Carpenter
Murray Hamilton
Bill Verso
Herb Edelman
Vicki Bissinger
Diana Ewing
Pony Dunbar
Sally Kirkland
Peggy Vanderbilt
Marcia Mae Jones

Director
Sydney Pollack