Same Time, Next Year

1978

Comedy / Drama / Romance

53
IMDb Rating 7.2 10 5,502

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Alan Alda as Leo Green
Ellen Burstyn as Barbara Jackson
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by MISSMOOHERSELF 8 / 10 / 10

A Sheer Delight

Two people meet at a seaside inn one night in 1951 and are attracted to one another although each is married to someone else. After spending the night together and realizing they've fallen in love, each agrees to meet on the same weekend each year for a rendezvous and each keeps that promise. We see this couple age and grow together from 1951, just after the war, to 1977, just after Vietnam. Seeing each character grow as human beings together and apart is amazing. Alan Alda plays the happily neurotic accountant beautifully off Ellen Burstyn's naive "stay-at-home" mother who blossoms into a confident, talented businesswoman. Mr. Alda's character, George, doesn't grow as obviously as Miss Burstyn's Doris, but both absorb and survive some of life's best and worst experiences. Some of Miss Burstyn's transformations are a bit jarring - arriving one year to the reunion 8 months pregnant comes to mind, as does her transformation from a suburban housewife to a Berkeley University hippie chick. And Alan Alda's transformation from an uptight Goldwater Republican to the typical 1970s man who ditches the corporate life, grows a mustache, wears his hair longer and also uses every typical 1970s cliché in existence is also a bit jarring but it can be forgiven because Mr. Alda pulls it off so well. Two characters who make their presence deeply felt even though you never see them are George's wife, Helen, and Doris' husband, Harry. We learn about them and come to know and appreciate them even though they never appear. Only from George and Doris' "good" and "bad" stories about their spouses do you get to know what these 2 absent people are like and you find they are funny and sad, poignant and ordinary and totally human and three-dimensional in their foibles. It's a nice touch to a story that could easily have been one-dimensional. "Same Time, Next Year" is based on a Broadway play and it makes the transition very smoothly. In fact, what makes the transition so smooth are the historical pictorial vignettes injected between "years." I remember many of the events depicted and you can't help but feel nostalgic. Also, the movie's theme song, played to accompany the vignettes, is wonderful! All in all this is a delightful little movie with some stark drama and hilarious comedy sometimes in the same scene. It's a rare actor who can do comedy and drama so convincingly and Mr. Alda and Miss Burstyn proved beyond the shadow of the doubt they are more than capable of doing this - they are superb!

Reviewed by Alberto-7 8 / 10 / 10

Touching romantic comedy

What a beautiful film this is. Alan Alda and Ellen Burstyn are simply marvelous together. This is not just a romantic comedy, it's a tale about finding one's soul-mate and how we sometimes do the wrong thing in life but if we're lucky, we have a chance to redeem ourselves. Ellen Burstyn turns in a subtle, nuanced performance.She can act more with her eyes than most can with their entire bodies.What can we say about Alan Alda? He plays a very funny neurotic character who we get to like instantly. A really lovable guy. If you've ever wanted to see what chemistry between two movie characters is all about, see this film. A definite must-see.

Reviewed by clydestuff 8 / 10 / 10

Married.....But not to each other.

As Johnny Mathis and Jane Oliver sing "The Last Time I Felt Like This" over the opening credits, we witness a man sitting alone in a restaurant. Across the way is a young woman. As their eyes meet, they seem to be making a connection, and before long the young man introduces himself to the woman. We see them talking, laughing, and eventually we see them together in their room in a coastal inn. As the title song fades out, we are with them as they awaken. What we find out as the story really begins, is that these two people, George (Alan Alda) and Doris (Ellen Burstyn), are married, but to other people. They have both done something which neither of them thought was possible, and that is to cheat on their spouses. As they try to comically cope with what they have done, we find out little snippets about their home lives and exactly why each of them are at the inn. They have legitimate reasons for being away from their homes, but it is clear that these reasons are just excuses for them to have a brief respite from being trapped in lives they aren't entirely happy with. It is perhaps this, along with what up until now had been unfulfilled passion, that draws them together more than anything." They finally agree to meet at the same inn every year at the same time, to carry on their adulterous affair. Written as a stage play, the film resembles one. The story is told in five year intervals and when George and Doris meet, the setting only briefly leaves the room which they occupy together. As the years pass, we see how the lives of Doris and George change in relationship to events that occur in their home lives during the rest of the year. We also witness how events in a changing world also effect their lives, including how the Vietnam War plays a factor in George's life, and how Woman's Lib seems to completely change Doris during one visit. Filmed plays, even with a witty script such as the one here by Bernard Slade, can often lose their way when transferred to film. They can become an exercise in tedium and boredom if not done correctly. Thanks to the excellent performances by Alda and Burstyn, and some smart directing choices by Robert Mulligan, this film never falls into that trap. In the transition from one five year interval to the next, Mulligan uses still photographs to picture the events occurring in the world during those five years. This clues us in on the fact that much of what happens in the intervening years will have a direct effect on the relationship between George And Doris. In a manner of speaking, it gives a small amount of suspense to the film as we become more anxious to witness the changes in George and Doris relationship, and also their ever changing feelings toward one another, their spouses, and the world around them. I mentioned earlier about the performances of Alda And Burstyn, and indeed they are amazing. It's one thing to portray a character in a film who may undergo a few subtle distinct changes in personality over the course of time, but Alda and Burstyn are required to do it over a period of many years. They make us believe not only in their affection for each other, but just by telling stories of their home life, we can tell the respect they also have for their spouses, despite their annual liaison. Same Time Next Year may never win many accolades, but once you see it you will always remember it and think fondly of it like you would an old friend. I know I do, and when a film can make me think that way of it, I have no choice but to give it my grade which for Same Time, Next Year is a B+.

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