Love Story

Love Story

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Director: Arthur Hiller

Cast: Ali MacGraw, Ryan O'Neal, John Marley

     
 

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In director Arthur Hiller's hit tearjerker -- based on Erich Segal's novella -- Ryan O'Neal plays Oliver Barrett IV, a comfortably off Harvard pre-law student who falls in love with Radcliffe music student Jenny Cavilleri (Ali MacGraw), a freewheeling, delightfully profane product of a blue-collar Italian-American family. Oliver's father (Ray Milland) heartily

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In director Arthur Hiller's hit tearjerker -- based on Erich Segal's novella -- Ryan O'Neal plays Oliver Barrett IV, a comfortably off Harvard pre-law student who falls in love with Radcliffe music student Jenny Cavilleri (Ali MacGraw), a freewheeling, delightfully profane product of a blue-collar Italian-American family. Oliver's father (Ray Milland) heartily disapproves of the subsequent marriage and cuts off his son's allowance. Despite financial travails (the pampered Oliver actually has to go to work!), the couple is blissfully happy....until Jenny is diagnosed as having an unnamed disease that consigns her to an early death. The movie's tagline "Love means never having to say you're sorry" became an iconic American catchphrase, the film's theme a number one hit. One of the early products of Paramount guru Robert Evans, Love Story grossed more money than any Paramount production before it. This enormously successful film inspired a 1978 sequel, Oliver's Story.

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Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
Upon being released theatrically in 1970, Love Story struck many as being anachronistic: a schmaltzy tearjerker that ignored Vietnam-era realities and recalled simplistic dramas produced by a less socially conscious Hollywood during the "good old days." Perhaps that's what appealed to moviegoers, who flocked in droves to this unabashed weepie. Three decades later, it's still one of the screen's best-remembered romances. Ryan O'Neal stars as the athletically inclined scion of a wealthy family, attending the college from which his father graduated. He's handsome, popular, and a bit arrogant -- but that changes when he falls for Ali MacGraw, a serious-minded scholarship student from a working-class background. The relationship blossoms into profound love, a love that's tested when she's diagnosed with a terminal illness. Director Arthur Hiller (The Hospital) adapts Erich Segal's bestselling book (which evolved from his screenplay) in a straightforward fashion, allowing this modern-day fairy tale to run its course without directorial embellishment. As basic and unpretentious as its title suggests, Love Story is what the old movie moguls used to call "a three-hankie job" -- but it still rates among the very best of that type. Hiller revisits the film's production in his detailed audio commentary for the DVD, which also includes a retrospective featurette, "Love Story: A Classic Remembered."
All Movie Guide - Robert Firsching
Some viewers dismiss Love Story as a cynical, manipulative tearjerker, mentioning "MacGraw's Disease," an incurable ailment which leaves its victims brave, sunny, and radiant. But these easy criticisms ignore why the film works so beautifully in the first place: it presents a pair of interesting, fully realized characters and makes us fall in love along with them. Ali MacGraw's portrayal of Jenny Cavilleri is so exuberant yet believable (she talks like a sailor) that she is immensely appealing, and Ryan O'Neal's Oliver is both sympathetic and admirable. These are good people, and when Jenny gets sick and Oliver grieves, we suffer along with them. Unlike with most tearjerkers and disease-of-the-week movies, we cry not because someone died, but because Jenny died. For proof of how much she's missed, see the dreadful sequel, Oliver's Story.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/01/2013
UPC:
0883929302086
Original Release:
1970
Source:
Paramount Catalog
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Mono]
Sales rank:
27,132

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ali MacGraw Jenny
Ryan O'Neal Oliver Barrett IV
John Marley Phil
Ray Milland Oliver Barrett III
Russell Nype Dean
Katherine Balfour Mrs. Oliver Barrett Ill
Robert Modica Dr. Addison
Sydney Walker Dr. Shapely
Walker Daniels Ray
Tommy Lee Jones Hank
John Merensky Steve
Andrew Duncan Rev. Blauvelt
Sudie Bond Actor
Milo Boulton Actor
Julie Garfield Actor
Bob O'Connell Tommy the Doorman

Technical Credits
Arthur Hiller Director
Martin Bell Makeup
David Golden Executive Producer
Robert Gundlach Art Director
Jack C. Jacobsen Sound/Sound Designer
Robert Jones Editor
Richard C. Kratina Cinematographer
Francis Lai Score Composer
Howard Minsky Producer
Peter R. Scoppa Asst. Director
Erich Segal Screenwriter
Philip Smith Set Decoration/Design
Pearl Somner Costumes/Costume Designer

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Love Story 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
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I have fallen in love with love story!This movie changes your perspective on what love is,what its all about,and the sacrifcies people make for one another.It will make you laugh,cry,and dream.Ali MacGraw and Ryan O'Neal have an excellent chemistry and portray two lovers very well in this all time classic.My all time favorite movie ever,even though it was made before i was born.I give it 5 stars,a MUST see!
Guest More than 1 year ago
It's a beautifully simple film, and its simplicity is what makes it so powerful. It's purely about love, and love overcoming everything - even snobbish parents and death. Today, more than 30 years later, its premise has become so cliche, but Love Story was one of the first of its kind, and easily the best. O'Neal and MacGraw are incredibly attractive and have great chemistry, and their devastation becomes yours as well. The film really packs an emotional punch. I love it.
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If you haven't ever been in love yet, this movie will certainly cause you to at least fall in love with Love!
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i loved this movie true it was made before my time but i just loved how the two people from two different back grounds find love.
Tanilan More than 1 year ago
This movie will always be my favorite movie. There is nothing like it! It truely captures the idea of unconditional & true love!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I purchased this for my teenager because I remembered it as "THE" teen movie of it's day. Well, it was almost unwatchable. The plot was lazy and the acting was atrocious! No wonder Ali McGraw faded away. Don't let your memories fool you, this one should stay in the vault!
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