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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 place – both of a good and bad kind, but they both quickly come to the realization that they are in love with each other. They have many obstacles to overcome in having a committed relationship, outwardly his father’s disapproval of someone like her not being Barrett material being arguably the the biggest. However, other things that happen in the natural course of life and death may trump all.

Also Known As: Любовна история, Sipur Ahava, Une histoire d'amour, 愛的故事, Love Story, История любви, Ιστορία αγάπης, Love Story: Uma História de Amor, Rakkaustarina, ある愛の詩, Aru ai no uta, Love Story West, Ljubavna priča, Historia de Amor, Istoria agapis, Poveste de dragoste, Meiles istorija, Historia de amor, Dastan-e eshgh, Ljubezenska zgodba, Aşk hikâyesi, História de Amor, Armastuse lugu

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  • gabriel-reis
    gabriel reis

    **** SPOILER WARNING ****Absolutely without a doubt, one of the funniest comedies ever created for the screen. Totally impossible to take any of this seriously. It would take a major novel to list all of the comedy routines in it. During the glory days of her program, Carol Burnett and company, who often did take-offs on films, skewered this one in ways that were hard to imagine. Carol played Jenny who suddenly became ill with only a slight cough and immediately the treacly music came up and everyone looked around wondering where it was coming from. Harvey Korman played Oliver with flowing locks and almost look liked Ryan O’Neal. The only thing funnier than this bit, is the real film.What a death scene at the end. Jenny really looks like she’s dying alright…dying for her make-up artist to come in and give her a little color. And of course, we all know how often hospitals encourage a loved one to get in bed with them during the patient’s final moments. The ending scene with Ryan O’Neal sitting on a bench in the snow contemplating his future in the movie business is an instant classic. He had plenty to worry about. He never did recover from this.

  • taja-kosi
    taja kosi

    I love a good sappy love story (and I’m a guy) but when I rented “Love Story” I prayed for the end to come as quickly and painlessly as possible and just the opposite for Ali McGraw’s character.Ali McGraw as Jenny alienated and irritated the heck out of me within the first 15 minutes. When we learn that she has been diagnosed with a life threatening illness I couldn’t help but wonder if her death would be such a terrible loss for poor Oliver or if anyone watching this film would even care. If she didn’t die her grating personality would probably have pushed Oliver over the edge and eventually landed them in divorce court.People love this movie but it’s one of the worst of the 70’s.

  • ryan-tran
    ryan tran

    I was dragged to this movie by my sorority friends when it opened in the theatres. I squirmed in my seat through the movie. Thank god for raisinettes. I kept expecting it to go somewhere, and then it ended and I stood up and said, “What the hell was that?” This script and direction of this movie, along with over the top acting, could not be saved not matter how much schmaltzy piano music you jammed into it. The plot line was the usual plot line of the rich boy loves a girl from the other side of the tracks and only their love will make it work. No, not even killing off Ali McGraw at the end could give this piece of dreck any credibility.Utter crap from beginning to end.

  • max-vaessen
    max vaessen

    One of the previous reviewers wrote that there appeared to be no middle ground for opinions of Love Story; one loved it or hated it. But there seems to be a remarkable distribution of opinions throughout the scale of 1 to 10. For me, this movie rated a 4. There are some beautiful scenes and locations, and Ray Milland turns in a fabulous job as Oliver’s father. But the movie did not do a particularly compelling job of telling its story, and the story was not so unique as to warrant multiple viewings, at least, not for me. I may be a bit of a snob, but I tend to avoid movies with Ryan O’Neal — I still haven’t seen Barry Lyndon — because most of them, but not all, are ruined for me by his presence. The lone exception is What’s Up, Doc?, in which his straight performance is the perfect underlining for Barbra Streisand’s goofball protagonist — and, not coincidentally, he takes a shot at Love Story for good measure! McGraw and O’Neal tend to mug their lines, rather than act them.This movie is notable for the beginning of one fine career: it was Tommy Lee Jones’s first movie.

  • levan-xec-uriani
    levan xec uriani

    Surely the worst film ever Oscar-nominated for Best Picture, and with serious claims to being one of the worst films ever put on celluloid. This treacly, contrived “romance” about a snobby rich boy who falls in love with a poor girl (two awful performances, by the way) jerks tears only from the softest, dullest moviegoers. I’m not a disparager of romance flicks in general; but this is an all-around atrocious film.

  • elizabeth-farley
    elizabeth farley

    Finally, finally got around to seeing this and what a let down! I usually find most movies fairly agreeable but how this got nominated for academy awards is beyond me! Right from the start, the character of Jenny was so obnoxious, I can’t see how any guy would be attracted to her. She put him down, insulted him and was flat out rude. Normally the guy would just leave. Second, I can see why Ali MacGraw’s career tanked after this. Most over acted film I’ve ever seen. After the first few scenes I thought she would get it under control, but no, she had that horrible performance all the way through. Ryan Oneil was just as bad. Over acting and sappy. The scene with the doctor was most annoying. What kind of Doctor tells him flat out “she’s dying” then suggests ‘treatment’?? Also, his response was ludicrous. No question about what can be done to help her. Sorry folks, but wow, I thought this was bad. One major directing failure was almost the entire movie was just the two of them including the sickening sweet montages of them frolicking in the snow – which went on wayyyyy to long. Big thumbs down for me. However, I think the script has potential for a modern remake with some re-writing, better acting, and please no ‘zoom ins’ and ‘zoom outs’ like this movie. That style of film making was used briefly when the first invented the zoom lens, but quickly died it because it is too cheesy. Sorry for the negative review but I really thought this was an awful film.

  • sara-cermakova
    sara cermakova

    Boy meets girl, boy marries girl, girl dies of MacGraw’s Syndrome, a condition which frequently afflicts young female characters in films. The main symptom is that the sufferer becomes ever more radiantly beautiful the closer she approaches death.The script of “Love Story” is, of course, a mass of traditional Hollywood clichés, but director Arthur Hiller was determined to give those clichés a modern gloss. The boy is Oliver Barrett IV, the rebellious son and heir of a wealthy Boston family so grand and patrician that they have taken to adding Roman numerals after their names as though they were royalty. The girl is Jenny Cavalleri, the daughter of an impoverished Italian-American pastry cook, who meets Oliver while they are both studying at university (he law at Harvard, she music at Radcliffe). The film is at pains to point out just how Modern and Nineteen-Seventies its two main characters are. They do things not normally done by the heroes and heroines of earlier Hollywood romances. They sleep together before their wedding; indeed, it is implied that Oliver has slept with plenty of other girls before meeting Jenny. They refuse to have a church wedding, disappointing Jenny’s devoutly Catholic father, on the grounds that they do not believe in God (although Jenny is later seen acting as the local church choir mistress).What seems to have shocked seventies audiences most, however, was the fact that they use bad language. Profanity might have been OK in a crime thriller or war film, but the public obviously had difficulty in accepting it in the context of a romantic weepie. Jenny in particular has a weakness for referring to the excrement of male cattle. Oliver does not swear quite so often, but is fond of speculating that his father, whom he detests, may in fact be the offspring of a female dog.Although the two protagonists are clearly supposed to be appealing, I found them both rather unsympathetic. During the first half-hour or so Jenny is quite deliberately smart and cocky, playing games of “verbal volleyball” with Oliver. Everything he says is immediately met with a sarcastic put-down. The idea is to show that Jenny is using a cynical, flippant exterior to hide a sensitive, caring nature, but even later in the film, after the two have fallen in love, elements of her former persona kept coming through. Ali MacGraw never really made me believe in Jenny’s sensitive side; I was left with the impression that she was using a cynical, flippant exterior to hide a cynical, flippant interior.The more unpleasant side of Oliver’s character came out in his dealings with his father. Certainly, Oliver Barrett III is not an easy man to love. He is cold, authoritarian and snobbish, the sort of father who insists that his son call him “sir”. (That is not, perhaps, as absurd in an American context as it would be in a British one, but even so it does not suggest a relaxed or easy-going character). He reacts angrily to his son’s marriage to Jenny, cutting off his allowance, but does at least later make efforts to heal the rift, all of which are rebuffed by Oliver.This difficult father-son relationship, in fact, tends to detract from the love story which the title suggests should be at the centre of the film. This was probably not the intention of the film-makers, but it did strike me that Oliver did not love Jenny as much as she loved him. Ryan O’Neal’s rather angry performance did little to dispel the suggestion made by Oliver’s father that his marriage to a girl from a poor, Catholic family had as much to do with a deliberate act of rebellion against his own privileged, Protestant background as it did with love. The “sacrifice” Oliver makes on Jenny’s behalf never struck me as being too onerous. He might have lost his allowance from his father, but this did not mean he was reduced to poverty. Unless, of course, one’s definition of “poverty” includes living off one’s wife’s income for a couple of years in a charming apartment in a historic district of Boston before taking up a position with a prestigious New York law firm.Thirty-five years on it is difficult to understand why this was such a cult movie when it first came out. Apart from the charms of its pretty heroine and even prettier hero, it has two things going for it. The first is the fine photography of Harvard University and New York; many of the scenes were shot in winter against a background of snow and misty grey skies, presumably in order to create an atmosphere of gently melancholy. The second is Francis Lai’s famous musical score, reminiscent of a Mozart piano concerto, which well deserved its “Best Music, Original Score” Academy Award. All those other Oscar nominations, however, seem incomprehensible today. Thank goodness it didn’t actually win any further awards. The Academy are often suckers for sentimentality (as they showed in 1984 with another manipulative tearjerker, “Terms of Endearment”, and with “Million Dollar Baby” this year), but a “Best Picture” award for “Love Story” would have been difficult to live down. 5/10

  • maria-thomas
    maria thomas

    I had never seen Love Story nor read the book. However, I vividly remember its popularity when I was a child. Now that I’m “all grown up” I cannot believe that 1970 America got mesmerized by such schmaltz.For Love Story to garner a Best Picture nomination must mean that 1970 was a weak year for films. Others have panned O’Neal and McGraw’s acting. I thought it was adequate… nothing to do backflips over, but adequate…certainly NOT Oscar winning. I’ve always liked Ryan O’Neal’s acting. Someone else should have played JennyI can take the romance, the young love, grievous feelings. I’ve been there but what’s most irksome about this film are the gaps in the story line. I had NO IDEA what the hell Jenny was dying from. Out of nowhere Oliver graduates from law school… did we ever see him crack a book. The screenplay is lacking in my opinion. This is certainly not the greatest love story ever told… at least not on film anyway. Still, it’s enjoyable and worth seeing if nothing else than to see Tommy Lee Jones in an early role and also for the beautiful winter scenery.Rating: 7/10 or **1/2

  • jaime-gabaldon-mosquera
    jaime gabaldon mosquera

    Oliver is a Havard law student Jock type who’s father is a millionaire and Jennifer is a poor Radcliffe student working her way through college. When they meet they develop a relationship that eventually turns to love. When they decide to marry, Oliver is cut off by his father and the two are forced to become poor as they try to study and work at the same time. The two find that their love is strong enough to stand even the biggest tests of life.A massive hit and Oscar winner in the 70’s it is easy to forget this film now, simply because it is so dated, flawed and unrelatable that I found it amusing but never emotional or moving. The plot is a straightforward and goes just where you expect it to. However that is not a major problem if the film had managed to be emotionally involving and powerful – neither of which I found it to do.The biggest reason for this is the characters and the actors. Oliver is a spoilt rich kid who has `issues’ with his multimillion father only wanting the best for him. It doesn’t help that O’Neal can’t act and delivers even the most touching scene like he was made of wood. Meanwhile Jenny is rude and pretentious and quite an unpleasant person. McGraw is pretty but I couldn’t have cared less if a bus had hit her character in the first 10 minutes, such was the empathy that she made me feel with her.The music is awful – it is shamelessly tearing jerking and written to create emotion where none is forthcoming from the action onscreen. It runs constantly and got to the point where it grated on me. The film is not without merit though, bits of it are funny and the basic love story had potential to be a professional weepy.Instead it is flat and uninvolving and is simply a Hollywood bit of fluff that left me cold despite a few chuckles or smiles. It may have done good box office but if recent summers have taught us anything, it’s that that is not an indication of a good film.

  • diana-jackson
    diana jackson

    I’ve rarely been as annoyed by a leading performance as I was by Ali McGraw’s in this movie. God is she bothersome or what?! She says everything in the same tone and is horrible, so horrible in fact that, by contrast, Ryan O’Neal is brilliant. There is not much of a story. He’s rich, she’s wooden, they both have to Sacrifice A Lot for Love. His father is Stonewall Jackson, hers is called by his first name, in case you didn’t notice the Difference in The Two of Them that They Overcame in the Name of Love. The Oscar nominations for this movie indicate it had to have been a bad year. John Marley is fine as Wooden’s father, but a Supporting Nomination? At least Ali didn’t win. I still think Katharine Ross should have played Jennifer, but then again, if it were up to me, Katharine Ross would have been in a lot more movies. She’s certainly a better actress than McGraw. I didn’t even cry when she got sick, never occured to me to even feel sad. It was nice to see Tommy Lee Jones looking like he was about 15, and the score is good. But this one is so old by now it has a beard a mile long, and the sin of that is its not that old, but it feels it.

  • andrea-stepankova
    andrea stepankova

    What a bunch of baloney!! And it was a tagline that became as famous as the movie itself.”Love Story” is a simple tale of young love defeated by death. It’s not deep and the characters are not very appealing for a movie that depends on us loving them enough to hurt when they do. Ryan O’Neal’s character is a spoiled, sniveling rich boy who falls in love with the opinionated, bitchy Ali MacGraw.I think the big problem with the film is that MacGraw’s character is so abrasive it’s difficult to muster up enough sympathy for the ladder part of the film when she lays dying in a hospital. Even as she lays dying she is still strong enough to spout her opinions and swear like a truck driver (well, like a truck driver in a 1970 PG rated movie).O’Neal comes off far better and we do have sympathy for him. It also helps that the beautiful musical score is played over every touching scene to help underscore our emotions.Watching “Love Story” today it is easy to see why it was a blockbuster back then. All the ingredients were there. It will move you. For some hard nosed viewers it may just move you on to the next channel.

  • aronas-jankauskas
    aronas jankauskas

    I watched this movie by chance a couple of days ago. Me being a typical action-junkie, I would not intentionally have set out to watch this movie. Although I do enjoy the occasional romantic comedy, the word drama and the fact that the movie is 36 years old would have been enough for me to avoid this one. However, during one late night in front of the TV zapping, I stumbled over the beginning of this movie and got hooked.I loved the lead characters and above all found the dialogue brilliant. I am not very good at analyzing actor performances and other aspects of the movie but judging from the Academy Award and nominations and the 709 other people that has given this movie a 10/10 rating I would guess that I am not the only one to like the movie.Finally, I would not have lost any sleep if they had left out the part about “Love means never having to say you’re sorry.” Nice Feel-good/Break-your-heart movie.

  • miguel-angel-alva-nunez
    miguel angel alva nunez

    Start with “Romeo and Juliet,” remove the soaring Shakespearean language, the interesting characterizations and plot intricacies, and keep Romeo alive at the end, and you might get something approximating this gloopy 1970 blockbuster.”Love Story” made temporary box-office stars out of Ali MacGraw and Ryan O’Neal, who both fooled American movie audiences into thinking they could actually act based on their performances as star-crossed lovers whose socioeconomic status threatens to keep them apart. Never fear though — love always triumphs in the end, unless of course leukemia triumphs first.O’Neal’s star would last a little longer, and at least he would choose a couple of very memorable films throughout the next few years (“Paper Moon,” “Barry Lyndon”) even if his performances would be instantly forgettable. To be honest, I can’t come up with one other film starring Ali MacGraw. I know she recently appeared in the play “Festen,” based on the Danish film “The Celebration,” which opened on Broadway and quickly tanked.Some 37 years later, the only truly memorable thing about “Love Story” is its musical theme.Grade: C

  • c-ira-shvelize
    c ira shvelize

    Very pleasant surprised by this wonderful and brilliantly acted “Love Story”. Owkay, the title captures everything of the movie. You instantly know what it is about. But that doesn’t bother. This movie is almost twice my age and before I started watching this movie, I wasn’t sure if I would like it. After all, I want a movie to be recognizable (at least with a movie about a love story, I’m not talking about movies in general. You can’t expect a movie like “The Godfather” to be recognizable) and the acting has to be real. With certain movies from a couple of decennia ago, I sometimes have the feeling the acting isn’t real, you’re all the time aware of the fact that they are acting, and I think a movie can’t have that.The acting here was amazing. Ali MacGraw as well as Ryan O’Neal were both excellent in their roles as Jenny and Oliver. I thought both fathers were quite good as well, specially Jenny’s father Phil, performed by John Marley, who surely deserved his Academy Award Nomination. The music was also terrific in this movie. I think it’s, beside the acting, one of the most important points to make this movie timeless.Unfortunately, this movie became the only success of the leading actors. It could have been the beginning of a brilliant acting career, but “Love Story” became the highlight of their career. To conclude I can only repeat that “Love Story” is a brilliant and timeless romantic classic! Watch this movie! 9/10

  • timothy-kelley
    timothy kelley

    This 1970 hit film has not aged well, but frankly, it was not that good when it was released. Yet, it was a hugely popular success perhaps because the idea of fatalistic young love must have appealed to audiences saturated by constant TV coverage of the Vietnam War. The plot is pure drivel as it concerns Oliver Barrett IV, a privileged Harvard hockey player, who meets and falls in love with Jenny Cavelleri, an antagonistic Vassar music student proud of her working class background. His old-school father naturally disapproves of Jenny, and in a typical act of rebellion, that means the young couple gets married in one of those hippie-era, extemporaneous ceremonies. He lands his dream job in New York, but she gets unexpectedly ill and dies of her terminal disease. There is a veneer of then-contemporary film-making techniques displayed by director Arthur Hiller, but none of that can hide the old-fashioned, cliché-ridden story at its core. The inevitable ending left me particularly unmoved.Both Ryan O’Neal and Ali MacGraw became stars with this movie as Oliver and Jenny but inexplicably so since neither seems able to convey the depth or complexity required to make their characters compelling. At least the boyish O’Neal is sincere in his weakly defiant approach, but MacGraw is so wooden and smirky in behavior that it’s hard to see what Oliver sees in Jenny beyond her sarcastic façade. John Marley (two years before finding the decapitated racehorse in his bed in “The Godfather”) does better as Jenny’s plainspoken baker father Phil, as does Ray Milland as the seemingly insensitive Barrett paterfamilias. The overly familiar Frances Lai music has almost become parody in itself over the years. The print quality on the DVD is good, though the only extra is a rather effusive commentary track by Hiller. The most interesting bit of trivia is that author Erich Segal (upon whose book this movie is based) conceived Oliver as a mix between two Harvard roommates he knew – Vice President Al Gore and actor Tommy Lee Jones, who happens to have a bit part in the movie as one of Oliver’s roommates.

  • estela-cesar-brito-carrion
    estela cesar brito carrion

    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.

  • daniel-camus
    daniel camus

    I remember when this movie came out when I was in high school in 1970. It was wildly popular. The theme from Love Story played on the radio 24/7. Author Eric Seagal appeared on all TV talk shows all the time, as did Ryan O’Neil and Ally McGraw. Every teenage girl in America copied Ally McGraw’s hairdo:long, straight, and parted in the middle. Some blonde girls even dyed their hair brown. Teenage boys carried around the Love Story paperback in school and got all the chicks because they thought he was sensitive. But the truth is, this was an awful movie. The acting was bad and so was the script. Scene after scene was so melodramatic…poor Oliver working in a Christmas tree lot…oh, the indignity! Big deal..like a strong 24 year old man can’t carry a Christmas tree to a lady’s car? And when the doctor broke the news to Oliver…so unintentionally funny…she has no symptoms at all and he announces she will die soon because they took three blood tests and found…what? Doctors don’t announce a patient will die unless all extended treatment is exhausted. He didn’t even begin treatment or tell Oliver what was killing her. Later on, they mentioned white blood cells and a lack of platelets, but even a veterinarian would treat your dog before giving up on it. Then, she seemed her usual bright eyed and bushy tailed self n her deathbed before she just croaked. Even if she had lived, I don’t see how this marriage could have survived more than a few years.Oliver was passive, and Jenny was aggressive, rude, and teased him constantly while saying “goddamn” to punctuate everything. Best comedy of 1970.

  • kristen-travis
    kristen travis

    The modern tear-jerker for today’s audiences. By today everybody knows the story for this film; boy meets girl, boy and girl fall in love, boy discovers girl has terminal illness.Even though I am a guy, I cried at the end of this (something very rare). Well done all around. Great acting and direction, with a brilliant music score and very well adapted from the book. Without a doubt in my mind, the greatest romance film ever made between the 1970’s – the present. 10 out of 10.

  • pascal-zahn
    pascal zahn

    Superb acting, wonderful stars, a great story, very funny jokes and very real tears. If you’re looking for a romantic yet soppy movie, this is the the best deal. Love Story is the finest in it’s kind.

  • mr-joshua-mata
    mr joshua mata

    ‘Love Story’ is not your typical romance film, although it is a story about a boy and girl from different backgrounds who fall in love. Jenny is an intellectual music major with a passion to travel, and Oliver’s parents are well-to-do, and he enjoys sports. It seems like an unlikely match, but the two of them hit it off and travel through the perils of relationships. It is a touching story, and the direction and coordination of some of the scenes is amazing. (Particularly the scene with Oliver sitting outside in the playing field and narrating the story is a classic moment in this film, and it is possibly one of the most memorable scenes in film history.) If you have never seen this film, you should. Anyone who has ever been in a relationship can relate to it, but if you are a sensitive person and cry in nearly every film you have ever been to, keep a full box of tissues handy.

  • elias-van-berkum-de-vos
    elias van berkum de vos

    To be honest I was quite surprised as the low rating the movie gets her, since I’ve always been under the assumption that this movie is widely regarded to be the best and ultimate romantic movie ever made.The movie has all the ingredients a romantic movie needs, even the most formulaic ones. Two totally different boy and girl from different social levels fall in love with each other and of course not everyone in the environment (mainly the parents of course) are happy with this. Their love life has a couple of ups and downs in which they have to weight some choices for themselves against choices for their love together. Further more the movie also features an unavoidable dramatic twist in which one of the characters get seriously sick (Don’t worry, this is not really a spoiler since this is mentioned right in the beginning of the movie already). In other words this movie has all of the formulaic sappy sounding ingredients to make this a sappy formulaic romantic movie. Yet “Love Story” is not. Why? It’s hard to put your finger on why “Love Story” is so much more and so much better than your average love story but I guess that you can still answer this question, once you start analyzing the movie. Although the story and all of its elements are sappy and formulaic the movie itself doesn’t try to be sappy or dramatic. The movie doesn’t attempt to make you cry, by putting in over-the-top dramatic filmed moments with dramatic loud music and all that sort of stuff. Instead the movie chooses to take a realistic approach, no real surprise, considering that this is a ’70’s movie. The decade in which the most realistic (and best) movies were made. It has as a result that the movie never feels forced or overdone. It even makes the most formulaic and predictable elements of the movie work out, as strange and unbelievable as it might sound. You also have to keep in mind that at the time it was released, this movie was not formulaic at all. It was a fresh approach on the genre and inspired many later movies. In a way “Love Story” was bare raising and set the standards for many later romantic movies. The movie was nominated for 7 Oscar (of which it won 1 in the end) not just for no reason. The movie is obviously made on a low budget but it makes the end result look all the more creative. It’s effectively directed by Arthur Hiller, who later went on directing lame comedies. A real waste of talent. The musical score by Francis Lai is a classic and the simple effective cinematography from Richard C. Kratina makes the movie feel all the more realistic. The movie made Ali MacGraw and Ryan O’Neal big stars for the moment and they were both even nominated for an Oscar. To be frank I didn’t even always liked their characters in the movie and I’ve never been to fond of Ryan O’Neal as an actor. In that regard I liked the supporting cast way better with John Marley, Ray Milland and Tommy Lee Jones in his very first (and very small) screen appearance. He looked so amazingly young, that he was hard to recognize.Although the movie takes some formulaic and obvious dramatic turns, the movie still always remain perfectly watchable, just not always emotionally involving enough. So I’m not to sure about it if this is a movie that can (still) make people cry. Nevertheless the movie still has its powerful moments, mostly due to the realism of it all. Everybody should be able to recognize the situations- and put themselves in the place of the characters of the movie. Everybody have been through similar events in their life at one point, in one way or another.Now days lots of people actually complain about the tag-line and famous quote from the movie; ‘Love means never having to say you’re sorry’. People find this a stupid and illogical line. To those people I would like to say; Wait until you’ve truly falling in love once. If you’ve REALLY been in love, you’ll understand what is the meaning of that line. Love is about mutual respect and also accepting each others less pleasantries and still love each other for it. This also means never having to apologies to each other. Actually when I was in love once and the girl felt the same way about me (Yes amazing, I know. It seems like ages ago now), whenever one of us said ‘sorry’ for something the other always said; ‘You never have to apologize for anything to me’. None of us had ever seen the movie or heard of its famous line before, so I think that really says something about the line and the truth that is in it.It in my opinion certainly is one the best and perhaps most influential romantic movie ever made. A must-see that deserves more objective respect and higher rating on here.8/10http://bobafett1138.blogspot.com/

  • jasminka-radin
    jasminka radin

    I wasn’t even alive when this came out. I’d never even really heard of MacGraw nor O’Neal before (though they both looked vaguely familiar). The “Love Story” theme, I was definitely aware of though.I saw it for the first time in 2002, and bawled like hell. I saw it for the second time a few weeks ago (2005) and cried like a baby again. I instantly needed to get my DVD copy. My parents always say that they don’t do movies (or music, for that matter) like they used to, and on this occasion, I had to agree.The movie’s premise is simple: the typical boy meets girl love story, with the cliché rich boy, poor girl angle. But I think its simplicity is part of what’s so great about it. I fell in love with Oliver and Jenny (and as corny as it may sound, I think their undying love for each other is ultimately what we’re all searching for), and their tragedy became my devastation as well. It’s generally your typical soppy chick flick (with the exception that the pair don’t “live happily ever after”), but probably the best one of its kind. A story like this has become so banal today, 35 or so years later, but it was surely one of the first of its kind. It hits all the right emotional buttons, and although I’m not one to usually cry over films, this one certainly had me in tears.The two very attractive leads make a cute couple, and have good chemistry. O’Neal and MacGraw both turn in very solid performances, and I quite enjoyed the foul-mouthed MacGraw. Good writing, solid acting, great music (I could listen to the musical score all day), beautiful scenes. I love “Love Story”. Hee! 10 out of 10 from me.

  • mark-ching
    mark ching

    The sentimentality of “Love Story” (“What can you say about a 25-year-old girl who died?”) is a hearty welcome retreat to the past… There is nothing to spoil love, trust, confidence or even the events… Jenny seems to die… She just escapes in loveliness…Jenny (Ali MacGraw) is half of a pretty young married students from a working class background… And Oliver (Ryan O’Neal) is from a very wealthy family… Both have the predictable problems with disapproving parents… Both struggle along through hard times, until Oliver obtains a fine job with his own merit… When Jenny tries to get pregnant, the doctor finds out that she has an incurable disease, and has a very short time to live…Ryan O’Neal plays well the intense sensitive rebel, giving a heart-breaking performance as the ultra-rich man’s son who works to pay his way through law school when his father won’t…Ali MacGraw is good and touching in her portrait of Jenny, the dying heroine, the poor baker’s daughter studying classical music at Radcliffe, the smart young girl who gives up her plans to study in Europe in order to marry Oliver… She never missed a ‘shred of her beauty’ in her role…Ray Milland is the 60-year-old Oliver Barrett III… He is a strong, articulate, civilized millionaire from Boston who refuses to support his son in marrying a girl of such low social stature… He commands him instead to finish law school…John Harley is Phil, the father of Jenny… For him, “Father’s love is something to cherish and respect.”There is three sequences that I liked the most in the film:Jenny and Oliver wonderful kissing scene… From this point on, both were entirely engrossed with each other, ready to risk anything for love…Oliver’s long day search looking for Jenny, until he sees her sitting, outside, on a stair… She forgot her keys… Jenny is comforted by Oliver who tries to apologize for his continual disputes… Jenny, all shaken, and with tears in her eyes and with an emotional voice stops him with words of deep affection: “Love means never having to say you’re sorry.”Oliver, sitting alone and lost to the world, uncertain and perplexed, unable to understand Jenny’s tragic fate… If Jenny could spend an hour in his mind, a minute in his heart, a second in his soul to discover what he really feels loving her… Why Jenny has to die so young? Why destiny is against us sometimes, smashing all our hopes and happiness? Why we feel so impotent in front of the will of God? Why can’t we understand that we are ‘blessed with Life,’ and this is our great gift, our true treasure! Barrett’s millions could never save Jenny!The Lebanese poet Khalil Gibran said once: “Love knows not its own depth, until the hour of separation.” And let me say that ‘nothing is more beautiful than the love that has weathered the storms of Life.’ They say: Time mends a broken heart and true love never ends… But if true love never ended then time wouldn’t have to mend… So “Love Story” was followed by “Oliver’s Story”.Ryan O’Neal and Ali MacGraw are splendid and beautifully matched… Arthur Hill’s sincere direction commend the picture to a wide audience eager to a flood of tears… “Love Story” won 7 Academy Award nominations and Frances Lai – touching music – mixed by Bach, Mozart and Handel, won an Oscar, enriching the beauty of the film…An intense, tough-looking leading actor is seen: Tommy Lee Jones in his film debut…

  • selena-holmes-dds
    selena holmes dds

    I had been avoiding watching ‘Love Story’ because I thought it would be another one of those corny sugarcoated love story with excessive melodrama. After hearing a friend’s recommendation, I decided to give it a chance and I was pleasantly surprised. It’s a simple film in terms of everything: execution, performances, background score, direction, dialogues…The writing is incredibly great as the dialogues are creatively and amusingly witty. The movie stays focused on Jennifer’s and Oliver’s relationship that is portrayed with the utmost simplicity. A movie like ‘Love Story’ could have easily gone wrong but kudos to director Hiller for his fine execution and for pulling all the ingredients together so effectively with the help of whimsical cinematography, impressive soundtrack and fine actors. The chemistry between O’Neal and McGraw sizzles on screen. Both actors complement each other brilliantly and convincingly portray the ‘opposites that attract’. Hiller has done a commendable job by bringing these two actors together and a strong rapport with them to enhance their work. Of the supporting cast John Marley and Ray Milland stand out by their strong presence. Overall, I liked the film a lot for its subtlety, ambiguity and simplicity that makes it feel more genuine. Clearly it stood the test of time as there are hardly any more movies being made these days that could reach anywhere near the level of this classic.

  • kumaar-kmboj
    kumaar kmboj

    A box office phenomenon at the time (this was one of those movie that people reportedly waited in line for hours to see), LOVE STORY has continued to be ridiculed by cynics and adored by romantics for decades. The secret to the film’s ultimate effectiveness is in it’s simplicity. Director Arthur Hiller wisely films Eric Segal’s screenplay (an adaptation of his own best-selling novel) in a concise and straightforward manner, allowing audiences to become enamored with the characters and involved with their plight. The film even manages to make subtle commentary on class struggles, personal identity, and even the changing attitudes of religion, all of which while never appearing preachy or obvious under Hiller’s unpretentious direction.Ali MacGraw brings an undeniable spunk to her characterization here which helps undercut the potential sentimentality of the picture, and lends the finale a greater emotional punch. The natural handsomeness and effortless charm of Ryan O’Neal is used to exceptional effect, and the supporting performances of Ray Milland and John Marley (as two very different types of fathers) are terrific. This is a film that never attempts to disguise it’s own thematic manipulations, which may very be why it remains so effective. French composer Francis Lai’s haunting original score further enhances the film, which is justifiably considered by many to be one of the all-time tearjerkers.