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Same Time, Next Year (1978)
A man and woman meet by chance at a romantic inn over dinner. Although both are married to others, they find themselves in the same bed the next morning questioning how this could have happened. They agree to meet on the same weekend each year. Originally a stage play, the two are seen changing, years apart, always in the same room in different scenes. Each of them always appears on schedule, but as time goes on each has some personal crisis that the other helps them through, often without both of them understanding what is going on.
Ellen Burstyn ... Doris
Alan Alda ... George Peters
Ivan Bonar ... Mr. Chalmers, Innkeeper
Bernie Kuby ... Waiter
Cosmo Sardo ... Second Waiter
David Northcutt ... Pilot #1
William Cantrell ... Pilot #2
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!
In 1951 two married people Doris (Ellen Burstyn) and George (Alan Alda) meet, fall in love and, despite their marriages to other people, have sex. After spending the night together and realize they can't go on not seeing each other again. So, once a year, they meet at the same place to celebrate. This movie follows them from 1951-1977.
Some people have complained that this movie celebrated adultery but COME ON! It's just a movie! This was based on a successful play (which Burnstyn won the Tony for) and the script is just wonderful--full of funny lines, sharp observations and potent drama. It's incredible to see how these two characters change over the years--how they reflect the values of their decades. Just fascinating.
Burstyn is just phenomenal on this film--you see her change from a weak woman to a strong one. She was understandably nominated for an Oscar for this. Alda I've never liked. He's pretty good at comedy but horrible at drama. He's not good but not bad enough to destroy the film. Also there's an Oscar-nominated song "Last Time I Felt Like This" which perfectly sets the mood of the film. A sweet, romantic, wonderful film. Highly recommended.
Like Gene Hackman, Ellen Burstyn is one of those actors whose outward normalcy and everywoman demeanor make her deceptively versatile acting skills resonate even more. Still one of our most respected actresses, she had quite a run of quality leading roles in the 1970's, and this time-spanning 1978 comedy was one of the few purely romantic parts she played. That's because she became enough of a box office draw to be able to repeat her Broadway role here unlike 1987's 84 Charing Cross Road which Anne Bancroft essayed in her place. Burstyn is paired here with Alan Alda, then riding high from the long-running M*A*S*H series, playing a couple, Doris and George, happily married to other spouses with six children between them. They meet by chance at a Mendocino B&B during a weekend in 1951, and the movie tracks the affair that develops between them once a year in the same inn over the next quarter-century. Picking up on their illicit activities every five to six years, their trysts become statements of their times and also of their evolving marriages.
The movie is a deliberately contrived set-up made up almost entirely of dialogue between the two principals and patched together by familiar, Life Magazine photo images of the intervening years. Bernard Slade adapted his own hit play for the screen, and some of the stagebound strain shows in the interplay. Director Robert Mulligan, who made To Kill a Mockingbird and Love With the Proper Stranger in the early 1960's, shows a sure hand with the actors, but there is little of cinematic interest here. Already well into her forties, Burstyn is still convincing in showing the evolution from a naïve 24-year-old Oakland housewife to a fifty-year old retiree with aplomb. It's the direct sincerity of her characterization and the minor changes in voice and manner she employs to show Doris' growing maturity. Even though the camera belies her years early on, it's still a masterful turn. Saddled with the more contrived and exaggerated lines, Alda is less impressive as George relying more on his recognizable Hawkeye mannerisms except in the most dramatic episode set during the Vietnam War years. The postcard-perfect Mendocino setting and treacly Marvin Hamlisch music supplement the aura of romanticism necessary for this type of confection. The 2004 DVD has no extras.
* Ellen Burstyn reprises her role from the Broadway production. Alan Alda replaces Charles Grodin from the original company.
* Paul McCartney was first asked to write theme music for this film. He came up with a title song called 'Same Time, Next Year', however this was rejected in favor of Marvin Hamlisch's Academy Award-nominated "The Last Time I Felt Like This". The song was left unreleased until 1990 as a B-Side to the single "Put It There"
* The external shots were filmed using a ocean-front cottage that is now part of the Heritage House on the Mendocino coast in Northern California. The actual cottage is now listed for rent as the "Same Time Next Year Suite" for obvious reasons.
* Same Time, Next Year opened at the Brooks Atkinson Theater on March 14, 1975 and ran for 1453 performances. Ellen Burstyn reprises her role in the movie.