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Love Story Details

FULL SYNOPSIS

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, Robert Evans. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:December 16, 1970

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Howard Minsky Best Picture 1970 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Ali MacGraw Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama 1970 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Ali MacGraw Best Actress 1970 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Arthur Hiller Best Director 1970 Winner
Directors Guild of America Arthur Hiller Best Director 1970 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Arthur Hiller Best Director 1970 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Erich Segal Best Screenplay 1970 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Erich Segal Best Original Screenplay 1970 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Francis Lai Best Original Score 1970 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Francis Lai Best Original Score 1970 Winner
Hollywood Foreign Press Association John Marley Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture 1970 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences John Marley Best Supporting Actor 1970 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Ryan O'Neal Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama 1970 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Ryan O'Neal Best Actor 1970 Nominee

Cast

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

Crew

Arthur Hiller
Director
Howard Minsky
Producer
Erich Segal
Screenwriter
Erich Segal
Book Author
Francis Lai
Composer (Music Score)
Robert Gundlach
Art Director
Pearl Somner
Costume Designer
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