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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.


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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.


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English | French | Cantonese

Release Date:

27 April 1979 (Finland) See more »

Also Known As:

La historia de Oliver See more »

Filming Locations:

Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA See more »

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The hotel in Hong Kong is the same exterior used in The Man with the Golden Gun (1974). 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 »


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Oliver begins again
21 January 2017 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

America's favorite romantic couple back in the 70s were definitely Ryan O'Neal and Ali McGraw from Love Story. I think Oliver's Story was a film that Paramount had to remake because I think America wanted to know how Oliver Barrett carried on without Jenny Cavelleri.

That's where Oliver's Story begins, he's become the successful lawyer that he strived for. But he's empty, Jenny so completed him that everything and everyone else is measured by her. That is true of Candice Bergen, a successful owner of a textile company who O'Neal tries to get something going with.

Watching the film they'll be several different schools of thought as to whether things might have worked out between O'Neal and Bergen. It is clear that O'Neal just won't reconcile himself that life goes on and as long as he's fogging a mirror he's part of life.

One thing I did like in this film is the reconciliation between O'Neal and his father Ray Milland, the only two who repeated their roles from Love Story. Those scenes in the mill where the Barrett family fortune was made are quite well done, best part of Oliver's Story by far.

It's not Love Story by any means, but Oliver's Story is a decent enough film on its own merits and doesn't deserve the trashing it got.

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