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Encyclopedia > Love Story
Love Story

original movie poster
Directed by Arthur Hiller
Produced by Howard G. Minsky
Written by Erich Segal
Starring Ali MacGraw
Ryan O'Neal
Music by Francis Lai
Cinematography Richard C. Kratina
Editing by Robert C. Jones
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release date(s) December 16, 1970
Running time 99 min.
Country Flag of United States United States
Language English
IMDb profile

Love Story is a 1970 romantic drama film written by Erich Segal based on his 1970 best-selling novel, and directed by Arthur Hiller. The film, well-known as a tear-jerking tragedy, is considered one of the most romantic of all time by the American Film Institute (#9 on the list), and was followed by a sequel, Oliver's Story in (1978). Image File history File links Love_story. ... Arthur Hiller (born November 22, Canadian film maker. ... Howard G Minsky (born 21 January 1914) is the producer of the blockbuster film Love Story which when released in 1970 was widely thought to have saved Paramount Pictures during a financially strained time. ... Erich Wolf Segal (born June 16, 1937 in Brooklyn, New York) is an American author, screenwriter and educator. ... Alice MacGraw (born April 1, 1938 in Pound Ridge, Westchester County, New York) was an American model and actress. ... Patrick Ryan ONeal (born April 20, 1941) is an Oscar-nominated American actor. ... Francis Lai (born April 26, 1932 in Nice, Alpes-Maritimes, France) is a composer noted for his film scores. ... Robert C. Jones, sometimes credited as Robert Jones, is a screenwriter and film editor. ... Paramount Pictures Corporation is an American motion picture production and distribution company, based in Hollywood, California. ... December 16 is the 350th day of the year (351st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1970 (MCMLXX) was a common year starting on Thursday. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... // Events February 11 - The film The Magic Christian, starring Peter Sellers and Ringo Starr premieres in New York City. ... While most films have some aspect of romance between characters (at least as a subplot,) a romance film can be loosely defined as any film in which the central plot (the premise of the story) revolves around the romantic involvement of the storys protagonists. ... This does not cite its references or sources. ... Film is a term that encompasses individual motion pictures, the field of film as an art form, and the motion picture industry. ... Erich Wolf Segal (born June 16, 1937 in Brooklyn, New York) is an American author, screenwriter and educator. ... A bestseller is a book that is identified as extremely popular by its inclusion on a list of top-sellers. ... A novel (from French nouvelle Italian novella, new) is an extended, generally fictional narrative, typically in prose. ... Arthur Hiller (born November 22, Canadian film maker. ... The American Film Institute (AFI) is an independent non-profit organization created by the National Endowment for the Arts, which was established in 1967 when President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the National Foundation on the Arts and the Humanities Act. ... Olivers Story is the sequel to the famous book Love Story, turned into a movie of the same name in 1978. ... 1978 (MCMLXXVIII) was a common year starting on Sunday. ...

Contents

Plot (of the novel)

Spoiler warning: Plot and/or ending details follow.

The novel tells the story of Oliver Barrett IV, who comes from a long line of wealthy and well-respected Harvard University graduates. Partly to break the traditional Ivy League mold, the Harvard student meets and falls in love with Jennifer Cavilleri, a working-class, quick-witted Radcliffe College student. Upon graduation from college, the two decide to marry against the wishes of Oliver's father, who thereupon severs ties with his son. Harvard University (incorporated as The President and Fellows of Harvard College) is a private university in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA. Founded in 1636,[2] Harvard is the oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. ... For the record label, see Ivy League Records. ... Radcliffe College was a liberal arts womens college in Cambridge, Massachusetts, closely associated with Harvard University. ...


Without his father's financial support, the couple struggles to pay Oliver's way through Harvard Law School. Graduating third in his class, Oliver takes a position at a respectable New York law firm, while Jenny teaches at a private school. Harvard Law School, often referred to in shorthand as Harvard Law or HLS, is one of the professional graduate schools of Harvard University. ... NY redirects here. ...

With Oliver's income and Jennifer's salary as a teacher, the pair of 24-year-olds decide to have a child. After failing to conceive, they consult a medical specialist, who, after repeated tests, informs Oliver that Jenny is ill and will soon die. Image File history File links Love-story04. ...


As instructed by his doctor, Oliver attempts to live a "normal life" without telling Jenny of her condition. Jenny nevertheless discovers her ailment after confronting her doctor about her recent illness. With their days together numbered, Jenny begins costly cancer therapy, and Oliver soon becomes unable to afford the multiplying hospital expenses. Desperate, he seeks financial relief from his father. Instead of telling his father what the money is truly for, Oliver leads him to believe that he needs it because he has had an affair which led to a pregnancy.


From her hospital bed, Jenny speaks with her father about funeral arrangements, and then asks for Oliver. She tells him to avoid blaming himself, and asks him to embrace her tightly before she dies.


The novel also includes the double meaning of a love story between Oliver and his father, highlighted by the scene between Oliver and his father at the end of the book. When Mr. Barrett realizes that Jenny is ill and that his son borrowed the money for her, he immediately sets out for New York. By the time he reaches the hospital, Jenny is dead. Mr. Barrett apologizes to his son, who replies with something Jenny once told him: "Love means never having to say you're sorry."


Production

Writing

While the movie has antagonists like every other story, it features no villains. From Harvard's nemesis on the ice - Cornell - to the aristocratic elder Barretts, every character is good at heart. Cornell University is a private university located in Ithaca, New York, USA. Its two medical campuses are in New York City and Education City, Qatar. ...


The film also reflected the times: Jennifer most likely has leukemia, but the characters never utter the word due to silence over the "Big C" at the time.


Quotations

Spoilers end here.

Love means never having to say youre sorry is a line from the 1970 movie Love Story starring Ali MacGraw and Ryan ONeal. ... The American Film Institute (AFI) is an independent non-profit organization created by the National Endowment for the Arts, which was established in 1967 when President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the National Foundation on the Arts and the Humanities Act. ... Part of the AFI 100 Years. ... Whats Up, Doc? is a screwball comedy from 1972, directed by Peter Bogdanovich and starring Barbra Streisand, Ryan ONeal, and Madeline Kahn (in her first full-length film role). ... Barbra Joan Streisand (born April 24, 1942 in Brooklyn) is an Academy Award-winning American singer, theatre and film actress, composer, liberal political activist, film producer and director. ...

Main cast

Alice MacGraw (born April 1, 1938 in Pound Ridge, Westchester County, New York) was an American model and actress. ... Patrick Ryan ONeal (born April 20, 1941) is an Oscar-nominated American actor. ... John Marley (October 17, 1907 – May 22, 1984) was an American actor who is best known for his role as Phil Cavalleri in Love Story and as Jack Woltz - who receives a horses head in his bed - in The Godfather. ... Ray Milland (January 3, 1905 – March 10, 1986) was a successful Welsh actor and director who worked primarily in the United States. ... Russell Nype (born April 26, 1924) is a Tony Award-winning American actor. ... Sydney Walker (May 5, 1921 - September 30, 1994) was an American actor. ... For the musician, see Tommy Lee. ...

Awards and nominations

Awards:

Nominations: Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture - Drama has been awarded annually since 1944 by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. ... The Golden Globe Awards are American awards for motion pictures and television programs, given out each year during a formal dinner. ... Alice MacGraw (born April 1, 1938 in Pound Ridge, Westchester County, New York) was an American model and actress. ... Golden Globe Award for Best Director - Motion Picture has been awarded annually since 1944 by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. ... Arthur Hiller (born November 22, Canadian film maker. ... As defined by Rule Sixteen of the Academy Awards Rules, the Academy Award for Original Music Score is presented to the best substantial body of music in the form of dramatic underscoring written specifically for the film by the submitting composer. ... Francis Lai (born April 26, 1932 in Nice, Alpes-Maritimes, France) is a composer noted for his film scores. ... The Golden Globe Awards are American awards for motion pictures and television programs, given out each year during a formal dinner. ... The Golden Globe Awards are American awards for motion pictures and television programs, given out each year during a formal dinner. ... Erich Wolf Segal (born June 16, 1937 in Brooklyn, New York) is an American author, screenwriter and educator. ...

// The Academy Award for Best Motion Picture is one of the Academy Awards, awards given to people working in the motion picture industry by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which are voted on by others within the industry. ... The Academy Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role is one of the awards given to actresses working in the motion picture industry by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences; nominations are made by Academy members who are actors and actresses. ... Alice MacGraw (born April 1, 1938 in Pound Ridge, Westchester County, New York) was an American model and actress. ... The Academy Award for Best Actor is one of the awards given to actors working in the motion picture industry by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences; nominations are made by Academy members who are actors and actresses. ... Patrick Ryan ONeal (born April 20, 1941) is an Oscar-nominated American actor. ... The Golden Globe Awards are American awards for motion pictures and television programs, given out each year during a formal dinner. ... The Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor is one of the awards given to male actors working in the motion picture industry by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences; nominations are made by Academy members who are actors and actresses. ... John Marley (October 17, 1907 – May 22, 1984) was an American actor who is best known for his role as Phil Cavalleri in Love Story and as Jack Woltz - who receives a horses head in his bed - in The Godfather. ... The Golden Globe Awards are American awards for motion pictures and television programs, given out each year during a formal dinner. ... The Academy Award for Directing is an accolade given to the person that the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences feels was best director of the past year. ... DGA Headquarters in Hollywood, California Directors Guild of America (DGA) is the labor union which represents the interests of film and television directors in the United States motion picture industry. ... // The Academy Award for Writing Original Screenplay is the Academy Award for the best script not based upon previously published material. ... The Writers Guild of America (WGA) is the collective bargaining representative, or labor union, for writers in the motion picture and television industries in the United States. ... The Grammy Award for Best Score Soundtrack Album for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media has been awarded since 1960. ...

Critical reaction

Although popular with audiences and some reviewers, the film failed to resonate with many others. Film critic Judith Crist called Love Story "Camille with bullshit." Cover of The Private Eye, The Cowboy and the Very Naked Girl Judith Crist (born May 22, 1922) is an American film critic. ... Camille is a Latin name that means an attendant at a religious ceremony. ...


Musical selections from the soundtrack

Bach in a 1748 portrait by Haussmann Places in which Bach resided throughout his life Johann Sebastian Bach (pronounced ) (21 March 1685 O.S. – 28 July 1750 N.S.) was a prolific German composer and organist whose sacred and secular works for choir, orchestra and solo instruments drew together the... Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (IPA: , baptized Johannes Chrysostomus Wolfgangus Theophilus Mozart) (January 27, 1756 – December 5, 1791) was a prolific and influential composer of the Classical era. ... George Frideric Handel (German Georg Friedrich Händel), (February 23, 1685 – April 14, 1759) was a German Baroque music composer who lived much of his life in England. ... Isaac Watts. ... Michael Praetorius. ... Where Do I Begin? (or Love Story) is a popular song. ... Francis Lai (born April 26, 1932 in Nice, Alpes-Maritimes, France) is a composer noted for his film scores. ... Francis Lai (born April 26, 1932 in Nice, Alpes-Maritimes, France) is a composer noted for his film scores. ... Francis Lai (born April 26, 1932 in Nice, Alpes-Maritimes, France) is a composer noted for his film scores. ... Francis Lai (born April 26, 1932 in Nice, Alpes-Maritimes, France) is a composer noted for his film scores. ... Francis Lai (born April 26, 1932 in Nice, Alpes-Maritimes, France) is a composer noted for his film scores. ... Francis Lai (born April 26, 1932 in Nice, Alpes-Maritimes, France) is a composer noted for his film scores. ... John Lewis can refer to the following people: John L. Lewis (mayor of New Orleans) (1800–1886), mayor of New Orleans 1854–1856 John F. Lewis (1818–1895), United States Senator from Virginia John Lewis (1848–1972), English football player, administrator and referee John Lewis (department store founder) (died 1928...

Trivia

The name Jennifer was the most popular name for baby girls in the United States from 1970 to 1984.[1] Though the name was already rising in popularity through the 1960s, the popularity of the book and movie is often cited as the reason Jennifer reached number one and stayed there 15 years.


References

Vincent Canby (July 27, 1924 – September 15, 2000) was an American film critic. ... The New York Times is an internationally known daily newspaper published in New York City and distributed in the United States and many other nations worldwide. ... In the Gregorian calendar, December 18 is the 352nd day of the year (353rd in leap years), with 13 days remaining until the end of the year. ... 1970 (MCMLXX) was a common year starting on Thursday. ...

External links


  Results from FactBites:
 
Love Story - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (1619 words)
Love Story is a 1970 romance motion picture drama based on the 1970 best-seller, written by Erich Segal, and directed by Arthur Hiller.
The novel also includes the double meaning of a love story between Oliver and his father, highlighted by the scene between Oliver and his father at the end of the book.
Love Story was followed by a 1978 sequel, Oliver's Story.
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