Love Story (1970) Poster



Film debut of Tommy Lee Jones, an actual Harvard graduate. Writer Erich Segal based Ryan O'Neal's character on Jones, and on his Harvard roommate, future Vice-President Al Gore.
The scenes with Oliver walking alone through a snowy New York were added after principal photography was completed. The production was almost out of money and did not have the necessary funds for permits to shoot in New York City again - so all the shots were grabbed "illegally" using a skeleton film crew and Ryan O'Neal.
Ryan O'Neal learned to ice-skate and Ali MacGraw learned to play the harpsichord in preparation for their roles.
The movie's line "Love means never having to say you're sorry." was voted as the #13 movie quote by the American Film Institute
John Wayne refused to believe that Love Story (1970) "sold because the girl went around saying 'shit' all the way through it." Instead he believed that "the American public wanted to see a little romantic story."
Author Erich Segal wrote the screenplay first, then adapted it into a novel - which was published before the film's release and became a runaway bestseller.
This movie marked Ray Milland's first film appearance without the hairpiece he had worn for decades.
The crew dubbed Ali MacGraw "Bucky Beaver" because of her tilted teeth.
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.
The most famous line from the film, "Love means never having to say you're sorry", was actually misspoken from the script. Originally the line was supposed to be: "Love means not ever having to say you're sorry."
Both the Cornell and Dartmouth hockey teams were played by Dartmouth's actual team. Cornell hockey coach Ned Harkness only allowed Cornell jerseys to be used in the film on the condition that Cornell win the game with Harvard.
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.
The first television showing on this film, on ABC-TV in 1972, marked the shortest time span up to then between a film's theatrical release and first showing on television.
Christopher Walken, David Birney, and Ken Howard screen-tested for the role of Oliver. Despite Arthur Hiller's preference for Walken, Robert Evans preferred Ryan O'Neal, describing him as "a reactor rather than an actor".
Oliver's car in the film was an MG TC Midget, a British car produced by the MG Company from 1945 to 1949. Oliver's father drives an E-type Jaguar.
According to Robert Evans in his memoirs the 8 actors who declined the role of Oliver were Beau Bridges, Jon Voight, Michael Sarrazin, Michael Douglas, Michael York (who turned it down because he didn't believe it would be a hit), Peter Fonda, Jeff Bridges and Keith Carradine.
Californian First Lady Nancy Reagan did not like the film because of the swearing.
James Caan turned down the role of Oliver Barrett.
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Barbara Parkins claimed recently that she turned down the lead role.
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Director Arthur Hiller's first choice for Oliver was Beau Bridges, who turned it down.
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Old fashioned lights out of Boston's long past from places like Beacon Hill were added to scenes in Harvard Yard to make it look more like the producer's image of Harvard.. Ryan O'Neal tripped over th he chain holding them in line ruining some takers.
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