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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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

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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Did You Know?

Trivia

Barbara Parkins claimed recently that she turned down the lead role. See more »

Goofs

During the Cornell/Harvard hockey match, before Oliver enters the penalty box, his hockey jersey is almost spotless. After he sits down and takes off his helmet, a large blood smear appears on his jersey near his shoulder. 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

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

Connections

Referenced in Nostalgia Critic: Patch Adams (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

Snow Frolic
(uncredited)
Written by Francis Lai
Performed by Francis Lai & His Orchestra
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User Reviews

The modern tear-jerker.
16 May 2000 | by bigpappa1--2See all my reviews

The modern tear-jerker for today's audiences. By today everybody knows the story for this film; boy meets girl, boy and girl fall in love, boy discovers girl has terminal illness.

Even though I am a guy, I cried at the end of this (something very rare). Well done all around. Great acting and direction, with a brilliant music score and very well adapted from the book. Without a doubt in my mind, the greatest romance film ever made between the 1970's - the present. 10 out of 10.


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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)

Opening Weekend USA:

$87,198, 9 February 2020

Gross USA:

$106,550,690

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$106,550,690
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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