• Love Story (1970)

Love Story

Release Date: 1970

DVD Release Date: April 24th, 2001

PG |1 hr 39 min

Plot Summary

When wealthy Harvard University law student Oliver Barrett IV (Ryan O'Neal) meets Jenny Cavilleri (Ali MacGraw), a middle-class girl who is studying music at Radcliffe College, it's love at first sight. Despite the protests of Oliver's father (Ray Milland), the young couple marry. Oliver finds a job at a legal firm in New York City, but their happy life comes crashing down when it's discovered that Jenny has a terminal illness. Together, they try to cope with the situation as best they can.

Cast: Ali MacGraw, Ryan O'Neal, Ray Milland, Katharine Balfour, John Marley, Russell Nype, Sydney Walker, Robert Modica

Director: Arthur Hiller

Genres: Romance

Production Co: Paramount Pictures

Keywords: Moving , Marriage , Doctor , Hospital , Friend , 1970s , Emotional , Father , Love , New York City , Mother ,

Ratings & Reviews

  • 100
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    The interesting thing is that Hiller has saved the movie without substantially changing anything in the book. show more

  • 90
    Vincent CanbyThe New York 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. show more

  • 50
    TV Guide Magazine

    Love Story is actually better than Segal's previously released best-seller (written from his screenplay in order to promote the film). But then that's not saying much. show more

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Nominated Best Performance By an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama
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Winner Best Original Score - Motion Picture
Winner Best Motion Picture - Drama
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Nominated Best Performance By an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Winner Best Director - Motion Picture
Winner Music (Original Score)
Nominated Actor in a Supporting Role
Nominated Best Picture
Nominated Writing (Story and Screenplay - Based on Factual Material or Material Not Previously Published or Produced)
Winner Best Performance By an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama
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