The Way We Were: Behind the Scenes
& the Premiere

Behind the Scenes PhotosStreisand and Redford on set

Below: Streisand, Redford and director Pollack film the final, tear-jerking scene in New York at the Plaza Hotel.

Filming at the Plaza Hotel

Below: Great candid shots of Streisand with her manager Marty Erlichman (in brown suit) on location in Schenectady at Union College..

Erlichman and Streisand on location

Below: Director Pollack and Streisand before filming on the Malibu beach.

Pollack and Streisand on beach

Below: Streisand, Redford, and Pollack filming the movie on location.

Filming in Central Park

“The Way We Were” Contact Sheets

The unit photographer on a film set has the job of capturing still photos of all the scenes being filmed by the motion picture camera. The unit photographer also shoots promotional photographs and posed shots. Many of the iconic photos you see from movies fall into this category.

On The Way We Were, for instance, the photograph below (not a scene in the movie) was used to publicize it.

Promo Photo

Below is a contact sheet for this photograph with markings (most of the shots are “killed” or not approved by either Streisand or Redford). You can see the photo which was approved, with the red crop box around it:

Contact sheet

“The Way We Were” Premiere

The Streisand/Redford romantic film had its West Coast premiere October 23, 1973 at the ABC Entertainment Center in Century City. It was a benefit for Cedars-Sinai Women's Guild. Streisand arrived with Herb Allen (Columbia Pictures) and her publicist David Horowitz dressed in a grey fox fur coat. Redford skipped the premiere (and the New York one, too).

West Coast premiere photos

(Original premiere ticket—above—courtesy of Joe Petrollese, from his collection)

Streisand in fur

In 2005, Streisand auctioned the coat and deco jewelry piece she wore for the West Coast opening.

Streisand fur coat

Awards and Nominations

Screen shot of Oscar nominations

Barbra Streisand received her second Academy Award nomination for her performance as Katie in The Way We Were. She was alongside several other powerful performances that year: Glenda Jackson (A Touch of Class); Ellen Burstyn (The Exorcist); Marsha Mason (Cinderella Liberty); and Joanne Woodward (Summer Wishes, Winter Dreams). Jackson was the winner that year.

The Way We Were—Major Awards & Nominations
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY (nominee) Harry Stradling Jr. Oscar (AMPAS)
BEST COSTUME DESIGN (nominee) Dorothy Jeakins and Moss Mabry Oscar (AMPAS)
ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE (nominee) Barbra Streisand Oscar (AMPAS)
ART DIRECTION (nominee) Stephen B. Grimes and William Kiernan Oscar (AMPAS)
MUSIC (ORIGINAL DRAMATIC SCORE) (winner) Marvin Hamlisch Oscar (AMPAS)
BEST MUSIC (SONG) (winner) Marvin Hamlisch, Alan Bergman, Marilyn Bergman for “The Way We Were” Oscar (AMPAS)
BEST ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE (nominee) Barbra StreisandGolden Globe (Hollywood Foreign Press Association)
BEST ORIGINAL SONG (winner) Marvin Hamlisch, Alan Bergman, Marilyn Bergman for “The Way We Were” Golden Globe (Hollywood Foreign Press Association)

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Way We Were DVD Soundtrack CD Studio Album CD

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Home Video

2004 DVD

The Way We Were was released as a Special Edition DVD on December 2, 2004. The DVD was digitally remastered and included a making-of documentary (Looking Back) with interviews spotlighting Barbra Streisand, director Sydney Pollack, screenwriter Arthur Laurents, lyricists Marilyn and Alan Bergman, and composer Marvin Hamlisch. Discussed and shown on the documentary were several of the cut scenes. The DVD also had a separate audio track with Sydney Pollack's commentary about the film.

Way We Were Blu-ray

The Twilight Time label released The Way We Were on Blu-ray November 12, 2013. Sporting a gorgeous restored print (and looking better than ever), the Blu-ray contained some features from the 2004 DVD, plus some new ones:

Twilight Time only produced 3,000 units of the Blu-ray. If it's not sold out, you may order it at &


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