Love Story (1970)

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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.~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide


  • Ali MacGraw
  • Ryan O'Neal
  • John Marley
  • Ray Milland
  • Russell Nype
  • Katharine Balfour
  • Sydney Walker
  • Robert Modica
  • Walker Daniels
  • Tommy Lee Jones

Did You Know?


  • Christopher Walken, David Birney, and Ken Howard screen-tested for the role of Oliver. Despite Arthur Hiller's preference for Walken, Robert Evans preferred Ryan O'Neal, describing him as "a reactor rather than an actor".
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  • In the hospital scene towards the end, Jenny's hair on the left side of the pillow keeps changing position every time the camera angle changes, although she herself has presumably not moved.
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    • Oliver Barrett IV: Love means never having to say you're sorry.
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The interesting thing is that Hiller has saved the movie without substantially changing anything in the book.

Metacritic review by Roger Ebert
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

It looks to be clean and pure and without artifice, even though it is possibly as sophisticated as any commercial American movie ever made.

Metacritic review by Vincent Canby
Vincent Canby
The New York Times