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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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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

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Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

James Caan turned down the role of Oliver Barrett. See more »

Goofs

When Jenny and Oliver are eating lunch in front of Harvard Law School, the Skippy peanut bottle suddenly re-positions when a student passes in front of it to display the full name ~48:47. 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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Referenced in Mr. Belvedere: Fall Guy (1987) See more »

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Sonata In F Major
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I'm sorry for having to say I never loved this
13 March 2006 | by johno-21See all my reviews

I somehow saw this in the theater during it's initial release as it must have been the allure of Ali McGraw and I've seen it probably three times since over the years to make sure I didn't miss something about this film but I don't think I did. How could this small film have been nominated for eight Academy Awards? It was nominated for most of the biggest awards in Best Picture, Best Director for Arthur Hiller, Best Actor in Ryan O'Neal, Best Actress for Ali McGraw, Best Supporting Actor for John Marley and Best Screenplay for author Eric Segal as well as Best Score and Best song for Francis Lai. Well, Lai was a deserved nomination and in fact won those two Oscars but the rest of the nominations were a cinematic joke. The novella story by Segal never had enough material to be a full length feature film. He could have at least added a mindless car chase or a flying saucer scene to the screenplay to give the film some depth. This was McGraw's only third film and her follow up role in The Getaway with husband Steve McQueen was a far better performance. After that her career stalled and she never made of film of note again. Ryan O'Neal had made a couple of minor films before and was most noted for his television roles and he like McGraw turned in a stiff, wooden performance here and there was no on screen chemistry between them. John Marley and Ray Milland were good in supporting roles. Director Arthur Hiller had made the leap from television to feature films with a string of mediocre movies until moderate success with the Out of Towners before Love Story and after would see more moderate success in comedies in The Hospital, The In-Laws and Silver Streak but any success he ever had were in comedies. This as a serious film tries to be so serious it goes overboard. I would give this a 6.0 for good music and set direction and for sentimental reasons for once having had a teen aged crush on Ali McGraw.


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