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Love Story (1970)

Cast: Ali MacGraw, Ali MacGraw, Ryan O'Neal, more...
Director: Arthur Hiller, Arthur Hiller
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Studio: Paramount
Genre: Drama, Romance, Weepies
Running Time: 100 min.
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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

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They should have adopted and named him Bozo. by Chiend February 10, 2006 - 7:37 PM PST
1 out of 2 members found this review helpful
Unintentionally humorous vehicle from the early 70's with unbelievably bad acting (even from Ray Milland!)with an ending that's sappy enough to draw bile from a cast iron stomach. I have to wonder what the two stars think of this movie now that they are older and wiser. Then again, perhaps they're too embarrassed to discuss it at all. Watch this movie and you'll understand why Milland ended up starring in grade-Z crap like THE THING WITH TWO HEADS a year later. Also, keep a box of kleenex nearby. That way, you'll have something to retch into.

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