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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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Won 1 Oscar. Another 9 wins & 16 nominations. See more awards »

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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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Love means never having to say you're sorry

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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Details

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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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Although the novel on which this movie is based was a huge best-seller, it was widely disparaged by literary critics, most of whom found its characters shallow and its plot simple-minded. See more »

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Camera shadow on street and car when they are talking about naming the baby Bozo. 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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User Reviews

 
Academy Award Nominations for this!?
13 July 2002 | by anthropoSee all my reviews

I had never seen Love Story nor read the book. However, I vividly remember its popularity when I was a child. Now that I'm "all grown up" I cannot believe that 1970 America got mesmerized by such schmaltz.

For Love Story to garner a Best Picture nomination must mean that 1970 was a weak year for films. Others have panned O'Neal and McGraw's acting. I thought it was adequate... nothing to do backflips over, but adequate...certainly NOT Oscar winning. I've always liked Ryan O'Neal's acting. Someone else should have played Jenny

I can take the romance, the young love, grievous feelings. I've been there but what's most irksome about this film are the gaps in the story line. I had NO IDEA what the hell Jenny was dying from. Out of nowhere Oliver graduates from law school... did we ever see him crack a book. The screenplay is lacking in my opinion. This is certainly not the greatest love story ever told... at least not on film anyway.

Still, it's enjoyable and worth seeing if nothing else than to see Tommy Lee Jones in an early role and also for the beautiful winter scenery.

Rating: 7/10 or **1/2


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