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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 ... See full summary »



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About two friends who meet on the same weekend each year.



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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. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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They couldn't have celebrated happier anniversaries if they were married to each other. See more »


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Release Date:

23 April 1979 (Spain)  »

Also Known As:

El año que viene a la misma hora  »

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$19,703,082 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


George and Doris' spouses, never actually seen in the story but only ever referred to, were called "Helen" and "Harry". See more »


The intervals are mostly 5 years, except after 1966 it skips to 1972, as this marks their 21st anniversary. However in the 1977 meeting, George brags that he saved the marriage between Doris and Harry "6 years ago", that is,1971, not 1972 which was the actual meeting in which George pretended to be a counseling priest. See more »


George: Dorothy, in the first place I want you to know that what happened last night was the most beautiful, wonderful, crazy thing that's ever happened to me and I'll never forget it or you.
Doris: Doris.
George: What?
Doris: My name is Doris.
George: Your name is Doris?
Doris: Yes.
George: But, I've been calling you Dorothy all night.
Doris: I know.
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Referenced in Z Channel: A Magnificent Obsession (2004) See more »


The Last Time I Felt Like This
Music by Marvin Hamlisch
Lyrics by Alan Bergman and Marilyn Bergman
Performed by Johnny Mathis and Jane Olivor
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17 August 2001 | by (Virginia) – See all my reviews

Here is the story of two seemingly happily married people who share intimate and extremely emotional times together over the course of twenty-five years. Through their budding and developing relationship through the years, we see how the world changes from 1951 to 1978 (through still images and music between the years). I found myself completely involved in these characters even though they are doing an awful thing--cheating on their respective spouses for such a long period of time. I have to credit this to the character development and to the actors. This is Alan Alda's finest acting hour. He has always been able to balance comedy and serious drama, going back to M*A*S*H on TV. However, occasionally his dramatic acting style is a little self-important. In this movie, he finds the right note, and there is a scene where he breaks down that is the best acting he's ever done. Ellen Burstyn can deliver a wonderful performance in any movie--whether it's drama, comedy, or horror. The changes their characters go through in the course of two hours seem a bit extreme (she goes from flower child to tough-as-nails business woman, for example), but the changes are meant to symbolize the way the world is changing. A little trite, and not that groundbreaking, but I found this film moving all the same. And that silly song heard throughout has stayed with me.

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