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 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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Love means never having to say you're sorry

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Drama | Romance

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

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Trivia

According to Guinness, this movie was the top money maker of 1971 in the US and Canada. 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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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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Bozo Barret
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Written by Francis Lai
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Timeless classic!
2 July 2005 | by Travis_Bickle01See 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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 December 1970 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,200,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$87,198, 9 February 2020

Gross USA:

$106,550,690

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$106,550,690
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Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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