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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.

Director:

Arthur Hiller

Writer:

Erich Segal
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ali MacGraw ... Jenny
Ryan O'Neal ... Oliver
John Marley ... Phil
Ray Milland ... Oliver Barrett III
Russell Nype Russell Nype ... Dean Thompson
Katharine Balfour Katharine Balfour ... Mrs. Barrett (as Katherine Balfour)
Sydney Walker Sydney Walker ... Dr. Shapeley
Robert Modica Robert Modica ... Dr. Addison
Walker Daniels Walker Daniels ... Ray - Oliver's Roommate
Tommy Lee Jones ... Hank - Oliver's Roommate (as Tom Lee Jones)
John Merensky John Merensky ... Steve - Oliver's Roommate
Andrew Duncan ... Rev. Blauvelt
Charlotte Ford Charlotte Ford ... Clerk
Sudie Bond ... (as Sudi Bond)
Julie Garfield Julie Garfield ... Bystander at Harpsichord Concerto
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Storyline

The love story of young adults Oliver Barrett IV and Jenny Cavilleri is told. Oliver comes from an extremely well off and old money New England family, the Barrett name which holds much gravitas and which is plastered especially all over Harvard where Oliver is in pre-law. Like those before him, he plans on attending Harvard Law School, which is not an issue in either the school not accepting him or he not wanting to attend. He has an extremely stiff relationship with his parents, especially his father, Oliver Barrett III, who loves his son in the old school way. Jenny, a music student at Radcliffe, comes from a working class Rhode Island background, she working her way through the program before she plans on going to Paris to further her studies. Unlike Oliver's relationship with his father, Jenny has a very casual one with her baker father, who she calls by his given name Phil. When Oliver and Jenny meet, there are immediate fireworks - she always with a quick quip to put him in his... Written by Huggo

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Taglines:

Love means never having to say you're sorry

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Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 December 1970 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Love Story See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,200,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$106,397,186

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$106,397,186
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Film debut of Tommy Lee Jones, a Harvard graduate. Erich Segal based Ryan O'Neal's character on Jones, and on his Harvard roommate, future Vice-President Al Gore. See more »

Goofs

In the hospital scene towards the end, Jenny's hair on the left side of the pillow keeps changing position every time the camera angle changes, although she herself has presumably not moved. See more »

Quotes

[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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The Paramount logo only appears at the end of the film. See more »

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Spoofed in La garbanza negra, que en paz descanse... (1972) See more »

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Long Walk Home
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Written by Francis Lai
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Best kind of tearjerker
23 January 2005 | by nikzfoxSee all my reviews

I wasn't even alive when this came out. I'd never even really heard of MacGraw nor O'Neal before (though they both looked vaguely familiar). The "Love Story" theme, I was definitely aware of though.

I saw it for the first time in 2002, and bawled like hell. I saw it for the second time a few weeks ago (2005) and cried like a baby again. I instantly needed to get my DVD copy. My parents always say that they don't do movies (or music, for that matter) like they used to, and on this occasion, I had to agree.

The movie's premise is simple: the typical boy meets girl love story, with the cliché rich boy, poor girl angle. But I think its simplicity is part of what's so great about it. I fell in love with Oliver and Jenny (and as corny as it may sound, I think their undying love for each other is ultimately what we're all searching for), and their tragedy became my devastation as well. It's generally your typical soppy chick flick (with the exception that the pair don't "live happily ever after"), but probably the best one of its kind. A story like this has become so banal today, 35 or so years later, but it was surely one of the first of its kind. It hits all the right emotional buttons, and although I'm not one to usually cry over films, this one certainly had me in tears.

The two very attractive leads make a cute couple, and have good chemistry. O'Neal and MacGraw both turn in very solid performances, and I quite enjoyed the foul-mouthed MacGraw. Good writing, solid acting, great music (I could listen to the musical score all day), beautiful scenes.

I love "Love Story". Hee! 10 out of 10 from me.


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