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Oliver's Story (1978)

In this sequel to Love Story (1970), grieving Oliver is being pressured by his in-laws to move on and take part in the family business. He meets a pretty heiress and they start dating, but memories of Jennie come rushing back.


John Korty


Erich Segal (novel), Erich Segal (screenplay) | 1 more credit »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Ryan O'Neal ... Oliver Barrett
Candice Bergen ... Marcie Bonwit
Nicola Pagett ... Joanna Stone
Edward Binns ... Phil Cavilleri
Benson Fong ... John Hsiang
Charles Haid ... Stephen Simpson
Kenneth McMillan ... Jamie Francis
Ray Milland ... Mr. Barrett
Josef Sommer ... Dr. Dienhart
Sully Boyar ... Mr. Gentilano
Swoosie Kurtz ... Gwen Simpson
Meg Mundy ... Mrs. Barrett
Beatrice Winde Beatrice Winde ... Waltereen
Sol Schwade Sol Schwade ... Arlie
Frank Toste ... Father Giamatti (as Father Frank Toste)


It's been eighteen months since lawyer Oliver Barrett IV's wife, Jenny Barrett née Cavilleri, his college sweetheart and the love of his life, died at age twenty-five from leukemia. To cope, Oliver has immersed himself in work, especially in a pet project to assist low income tenants in a lower east side Manhattan housing project take control of the building's renovation by investing their "sweat" as equity, but has otherwise retreated from the world. Those that love him, including Jenny's father, Phil Cavilleri, want him to move on emotionally from Jenny's death to be able to open himself up to love again. A secret set-up by some friends shows Oliver that he at least has to address his emotional distress by regular therapy sessions. In doing so, he is able to approach a woman to who he is attracted, divorced Marcie Nash, an employee at upscale Bonwit Teller. Both Oliver and Marcie are cautious in opening up fully about their lives, Oliver about Jenny, and Marcie about the fact that ... Written by Huggo

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It takes someone very special to help you forget someone very special.


Drama | Romance


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Candice Bergen takes over the female lead from Ali MacGraw. Ali MacGraw had previously been married to Steve McQueen, and appeared in The Winds of War (1983). Candice Bergen appeared in The Sand Pebbles (1966) with both Steve McQueen and Richard Attenborough. Richard Attenborough directed both Ryan O'Neal in A Bridge Too Far (1977), and Candice Bergen in Gandhi (1982). The latter film also featured John Gielgud, who appeared in The Winds of War (1983)'s sequel, War and Remembrance (1988), in which Ali MacGraw was replaced by Richard Attenborough's former daughter-in-law, Jane Seymour. See more »


Oliver drives to his father's retirement party. It is clearly winter since there are no leaves on the trees. He stays overnight at his father's house. The next morning the scene in the kitchen shows that it is now spring or summer, since there are now leaves on the trees (not evergreens) outside the windows. See more »


Oliver Barrett: I didn't know I could feel this miserable anymore.
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Referenced in Growing Pains: The Breakfast Club (1987) See more »


Oliver's Theme
Music by Francis Lai
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Don't even bother with this one
19 March 2000 | by Monika-5See all my reviews

I found Love Story a very touching and endearing film. I have that movie on video and looked forward to renting the sequel, Oliver's Story. A continuation of Oliver's life without his beloved Jenny.

This was an awful movie. Of course, I wasn't expecting it to be as good as the first, especially since Jenny had passed. But I was hoping Oliver could move on and find happiness elsewhere, in love and his professional life. But Ryan O'Neal and Candice Bergen ignite no sparks together and just plain didn't look good together onscreen. The whole film is dark, shallow and depressing. (Warning: The faint of heart should be careful when watching the film's opening scene at Jenny's grave site. Especially if you are up watching it late at night.)

Only Ryan O'Neal and Ray Milland as Oliver's father are back from Love Story, and I was happy to see that both Oliver Barretts had resolved their differences and began to build a genuine father/son relationship. On the other hand, I was EXTREMELY disappointed when it came to Jenny's father Phil. Not only is he played by a different actor, who has a completely different look, Phil's character has changed from a widowed, simple pastry shop owner to a woman hungry bar-hopper who wants Oliver to come to a singles bar with him. (Phil in Love Story would never have done that!)

Chances are, if you loved Love Story, you'll be extremely disappointed in Oliver's Story. The cast tries their best but they cannot overcome the awful script and the flat direction.

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27 April 1979 (Finland) See more »

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