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Love Story (1970)

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A boy and a girl from different backgrounds fall in love regardless of their upbringing - and then tragedy strikes.

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Russell Nype ...
Dean Thompson
Katharine Balfour ...
Mrs. Barrett (as Katherine Balfour)
Sydney Walker ...
Dr. Shapeley
Robert Modica ...
Dr. Addison
Walker Daniels ...
Oliver's Roommate, Ray
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Oliver's Roommate, Hank (as Tom Lee Jones)
John Merensky ...
Oliver's Roommate, Steve
Andrew Duncan ...
Rev. Blauvelt
Charlotte Ford ...
Clerk
Sudie Bond ...
(as Sudi Bond)
Julie Garfield ...
Bystander at Harpsichord Concerto
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Harvard Law student Oliver Barrett IV and music student Jennifer Cavilleri share a chemistry they cannot deny - and a love they cannot ignore. Despite their opposite backgrounds, the young couple put their hearts on the line for each other. When they marry, Oliver's wealthy father threatens to disown him. Jenny tries to reconcile the Barrett men, but to no avail. Oliver and Jenny continue to build their life together. Relying only on each other, they believe love can fix anything. But fate has other plans. Soon, what began as a brutally honest friendship becomes the love story of their lives. Written by Anonymous

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Love means never having to say you're sorry

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Rated PG for language and a love scene | See all certifications »

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16 December 1970 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Historia de amor  »

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$2,200,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$106,400,000 (USA)
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Trivia

Eight up-and-coming actors including Michael Douglas, Jon Voight and Peter Fonda turned down the role of Oliver, despite being offered 10% of the gross. See more »

Goofs

Camera shadow on street and car when they are talking about naming the baby Bozo. See more »

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[first lines]
Oliver Barrett IV: What can you say about a twenty-five-year-old girl who died? That she was beautiful and brilliant? That she loved Mozart and Bach, the Beatles, and me?
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Crazy Credits

Unusually, for a movie released in the early 1970s, there were no opening credits after the title has been shown. See more »

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Featured in 100 Years at the Movies (1994) See more »

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Silent Night
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Written by Franz Gruber (uncredited) and Joseph Mohr
Performed by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir
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Effectively simple and straightforward tearjerker
4 May 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A box office phenomenon at the time (this was one of those movie that people reportedly waited in line for hours to see), LOVE STORY has continued to be ridiculed by cynics and adored by romantics for decades. The secret to the film's ultimate effectiveness is in it's simplicity. Director Arthur Hiller wisely films Eric Segal's screenplay (an adaptation of his own best-selling novel) in a concise and straightforward manner, allowing audiences to become enamored with the characters and involved with their plight. The film even manages to make subtle commentary on class struggles, personal identity, and even the changing attitudes of religion, all of which while never appearing preachy or obvious under Hiller's unpretentious direction.

Ali MacGraw brings an undeniable spunk to her characterization here which helps undercut the potential sentimentality of the picture, and lends the finale a greater emotional punch. The natural handsomeness and effortless charm of Ryan O'Neal is used to exceptional effect, and the supporting performances of Ray Milland and John Marley (as two very different types of fathers) are terrific. This is a film that never attempts to disguise it's own thematic manipulations, which may very be why it remains so effective. French composer Francis Lai's haunting original score further enhances the film, which is justifiably considered by many to be one of the all-time tearjerkers.


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