The Story Burstyn and Alda meet at a vacation resort. He's an accountant in N.J., she's a housewife in Ca. They are young and in love ~ with their respective spouses. This does not stop a little tickle between the sheets for them though.
Realizing the error of their ways, they part, but agree to meet in the same place, five years later.
As the story progresses, so do their lives and the times. We watch them move from dewy-eyed newlyweds to hippies to radicals to grandparents to 'comfortable old shoes'.
Some Info This film was adapted from the long running screen play by Bernard Slade. The really fun thing is it is limited to no more than 1/2 dozen actors who manage to pull off a 2 hour movie. Think of that when you watch your next epic with 2,000 extras! Other pluses are the age progression of Burstyn and Alda, sometimes a glaring jolt during their 'hippie' years.
I also liked the fact you are basically always on the same set, the bungalow at the resort. This is another factor that makes you focus on the full story, two people moving thru the stages of their life and having the opportunity to share it with someone that is not fully involved in it.
I found it funny that although they are roughly the same age, their progression thru life is always off. When she is a radical, he is a 3-piece suiter and when she becomes a successful business woman, he shows up in beads and headbands.
There are many values and ideals interwoven throughout the story, despite its' adulterous overtones. There is a genuine friendship developed with all its' pitfalls and its' high points.
Kudos! Brilliantly directed by Robert Mulligan with cinematography by Robert Surtees. Wonderful makeup by William Tuttle and music by Hamlisch (married to a hometown girl BTW) and the Bergmans. Nominated for 4 Academy Awards.
The Entire Cast Ellen Burstyn, Alan Alda, Ivan Bonar, Bernie Kuby, Cosmo Sardo, David Northcutt, William Cantrell (ok, 7 not 1/2 dozen)
A fanciful little tale about adultery. Not that I condone it but this story is so light, it is OK.
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Alan Alda and Ellen Burstyn glow on screen as two people who find long, enduring love with each other despite being married to other people. A fateful meeting at a California inn leads the seemingly mismatched pair into 26-year-long affair in which they meet for only one weekend every year. Altered by the global events of the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s, skillfully displayed with film stills from the time, and by their personal challenges, the couple grows and changes as the years roll by but never loses the awe that they have found their true soul mates. The dissimilar and quirky characters of the two lovers drive the film, and both Burstyn and Alda soar while retaining the clay feet that make their characters so believable. Based on Bernard Slade's two-character Broadway play, SAME TIME, NEXT YEAR will enchant viewers seeking an extraordinary glimpse of the reality of romance.