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Love Story (1970)

PG  |   |  Drama, Romance  |  16 December 1970 (USA)
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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)  »

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$2,200,000 (estimated)

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$106,400,000 (USA)
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Incoming freshmen at Harvard University, where the movie takes place, are traditionally shown a screening of the film at which they indulge in ritualized mass heckling. See more »

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During HarvardVDartmouth Oliver is seen wearing #7 jersey for Harvard. In the penalty box he tells Jenny that he is concentrating on how he is going to total the Dartmouth player who had him sent to the box. He points to the Dartmouth player who at this point has just taken down another Harvard player that is clearly wearing #7. See more »

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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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Timeless classic!
2 July 2005 | by See all my reviews

Very pleasant surprised by this wonderful and brilliantly acted "Love Story". Owkay, the title captures everything of the movie. You instantly know what it is about. But that doesn't bother. This movie is almost twice my age and before I started watching this movie, I wasn't sure if I would like it. After all, I want a movie to be recognizable (at least with a movie about a love story, I'm not talking about movies in general. You can't expect a movie like "The Godfather" to be recognizable) and the acting has to be real. With certain movies from a couple of decennia ago, I sometimes have the feeling the acting isn't real, you're all the time aware of the fact that they are acting, and I think a movie can't have that.

The acting here was amazing. Ali MacGraw as well as Ryan O'Neal were both excellent in their roles as Jenny and Oliver. I thought both fathers were quite good as well, specially Jenny's father Phil, performed by John Marley, who surely deserved his Academy Award Nomination. The music was also terrific in this movie. I think it's, beside the acting, one of the most important points to make this movie timeless.

Unfortunately, this movie became the only success of the leading actors. It could have been the beginning of a brilliant acting career, but "Love Story" became the highlight of their career. To conclude I can only repeat that "Love Story" is a brilliant and timeless romantic classic!

Watch this movie! 9/10


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