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  • Love means never having to say you're sorry
    I'm surprised that tagline has not been used for the other people's reviews on here - though slightly cheesy and predictable, it does have everything to do with this film's incredible power and poignancy.

    Ali MacGraw and Ryan O'Neal were virtual nobodies before they played love-struck students Jenny and Oliver in this college movie set around Harvard and Radcliffe. Being a Boston student myself I can tell you one of the most amazing things about this movie is the shooting around this incredible city.

    However, there's a lot more to "Love Story" than setting - the story is basically yet another modern day Romeo and Juliet - though not exactly, by any means. It's refreshingly simple and touching - and was such a major hit in 1970 (so says my mother) that it attracted around-the-block lines for weeks on end.

    The catchphrase, Love means never having to say you're sorry, came 13th in a recent AFI list of top movie quotes of all time - and really, it does catch the essence of this great love movie. These two souls really do understand one another, and if we take nothing else away from this film, it is the understanding of that love, and how it relates to all other loves we have ever had. You really FEEL their love - because of the film's simplicity and captivating flirtatious manner of acting.

    Don't miss out on Love Story - it's beautiful and it will stay with you for a long time....more info
  • An Enchanting Story To Be Passed From Mother to Daughter
    Love Story was an amazing movie. It made me experience an incredible range of emotions from happiness to sorrow. I couldn't help but laughing at the loving abuse that Jenny showed Oliver with her "preppy" remarks or cry at the sorrowful ending that you know is coming, but just don't want to accept. This is a movie that I think all generations of women will love, but men don't exclude this movie. My mother loved it, I loved it, and I'm sure I'll share it with my children and grandchildren someday. Seeing this movie is an experience you should have atleast once in your life....more info
  • TIL DEATH.....
    A good movie, not great, that garnered tremendous support at the pinnacle of the Vietnam War, as a type of returning to reality, American style. A large segment of the population was fed up with war movies, "Easy Riders", "Midnight Cowboys" et al and naturally radiated to Erich Segal's simple novel transformed into a simple film. They got their money's worth. Crowds openly hissed and booed Milland's every move, a sure sign of his commendable performance as the bossy, conceited establishment figure. O'Neal's hatred of him could be felt right through the screen.Macgraw gives an uneven performance; one is often at a loss as to whether her attempts at one-upsmanship over O'Neal are reality or teasing. Whatever, the couple is apparently truly in love as the bedroom scenes (tastefully done) seem to indicate. The ending seems to convey the couple's atheism; a truly loving God would allow this to happen? In summation, this is a timeless movie, well worth your attention.
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  • Generic Title Says All That's Necessary About This Unapologetic, Severely Dated Movie
    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 Radcliffe 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 self-indulgent, extemporaneous ceremonies. He later lands his dream job in New York, but of course, she gets unexpectedly ill and dies of her terminal disease. There is a veneer of then-contemporary filmmaking techniques displayed by director Arthur Hiller, but none of that can hide the old-fashioned, cliche-ridden story at its core. The inevitable ending leaves me particularly unmoved, especially as Jenny stumbles weakly as she clutches Oliver in the pristine snow.

    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 defiant petulance, but MacGraw is so wooden and smirky in behavior that it's hard to see what Oliver sees in Jenny beyond her sarcastic facade. 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 - former 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....more info
  • The infamous catch-phrase sums it all up
    I'm amazed by how many people have written reviews bashing the line which sums up this entire film's essence & message: "Love means never having to say you're sorry." I think people are misunderstanding & misinterpreting this phrase in a way which makes it seem both simplistic (it's not) and implausibly meaningless (again, it's not). The precise aspect of this film which 'gets' under your skin (if you enjoyed it & understood its subtletly) is summed up in this one line. If you read the line (or hear it) as meaning that love means never SAYING you're sorry OR never DOING so in a relationship - then it will seem saccharine & of course, untrue. But if you dig a little deeper you'll see that the word 'having' changes the entire tone of the line -and people are misinterpreting it woefully. When you love someone as these two characters love each other (and it is a rare love - which is perhaps why so many people are skeptical of its very existence) and understand each other on the level of the spirit and soul - then it is a tacit & implicit understanding at the core level of the relationship that you love the other person unconditionally - faults and all & they love you in precisely the same way. Therefore - to say you're sorry for any number of possible slights, hurts, offenses or bruises which WILL come along in the course of ANY close relationship - is neither necessary or productive WHEN it stems from guilt over something which the other party has ALREADY FORGIVEN YOU FOR because they see straight through to the core of your humanity, know that you're imperfectly flawed & love you just the same. This line doesn't mean literally 'never say you're sorry to your spouse or significant other' - it simply means that love on this level has an understanding that goes beyond words & which words cannot elevate any higher - which makes using them superflous at times such as the moment which this line is from. Jenny knows Oliver didn't mean what he said, she already KNOWS he regrets having said it and the fact that the guilt & pain on his face move her to say such a beautiful thing out of truly altruistic/unconditional love is the point of this ENTIRE movie. Guilt is harmful for both parties in any relationship and never more so than when it is induced or required or elicited by one person seeking an apology from the other - nothing damages a relationship quicker than the demand of apologies for behaviors which are not only human but inevitable. Jenny is simply freeing Oliver up to be who he is, however he is, at any moment - because when he's with her it is understood that he will be accepted regardless of his actions due to the fact that she sees the person & NOT the behavior. If more people loved in this way today the world would be a much better place. Of course you're GOING to say you're sorry many, many times in a relationship. But if it's a strong, healthy & mature relationship - your apology truly isn't necessary because the other party isn't holding a grudge or expecting it - it is simply a courteous reminder that you admit you behaved badly AND that you respect your mate's feelings- nothing more (if it becomes more & is used like a bargaining chip in a relationship you may as well give up because the other party loves themselves more than you - and that is NOT true, unconditional love.).
    This is one of my all-time favorite films for the simple fact that it doesn't spend too much time TRYING to impress the viewer - it is understated where it needs to be, emotive when it's appropriate and a superb example that sometimes less is more in a classic film. If more films stuck to telling a compelling story in a straightforward way today this movie would not stand out - the fact that it does (36 years after its initial release) should tell us something about what the heart & soul truly require of art: to be moved by a situation or moment or life which you can put yourself in the middle of and in doing so you are awakened to the very essence of your own humanity & forever changed....more info
  • Love Story is worth watching.
    This 1970's Classic is the best love story i have seen. Anybody who has seen this movie can totally relate to these characters in some form. They fall in love and cross social barriers and marry and face the biggest crisis of thier lives. this film has a common theme which is "Love does conquer all". ...more info
  • Not what we remembered
    My wife has recently been on a craze where we are renting old movies from the 70s that we remembered as being great to watch again all these years later.

    It is funny how 37 years must change our views of the world.

    We recently rented LOVE STORY and about 60 minutes into the film, my wife commented to me...... "You can stop the movie if you want, I'm not watching it anyway. It is nowhere near as good as I remember".

    I agreed with her.

    I remember the film as being so powerful all those years ago........ now all we could see was some stiff acting, and poor characterization that made us not really care if Ali's character died or not.

    Certainly a far cry from the LOVE STORY we remembered.

    Another dissapointment from the 70s was BRIANS SONG.

    Seeing it again thru older matured eyes, it was too short (only a 71 minute movie) that never really developed the relationship between Piccolo and Sayer.
    It looked like a made for TV movie

    I think some of today's actors are really better than we give them credit for as we remember some of these older film actors thru rainbow tinted glasses
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  • Love Means HAVING To Say You're Sorry...
    Perhaps the best moment associated with the infamous, slightly different version of this tag line came in another movie: What's Up, Doc? with Ryan O'Neal & Barbra Streisand. She says the line; he uproariously replies: "That's the dumbest thing I ever heard." And that's true: love does mean having to say you're sorry to the other person, out loud, and meaning it. The expectation of sympatico silent udnerstanding doesn't and shouldn't always work.

    But to the movie in specific: it was great for its time when moviemaking was far less sophisticated than now, and audiences less demanding of actual plot, dialogue and acting. Ryan O'Neal's acting here is barely servicable at best; Ali MacGraw could NOT act and this movie gave immense testimony to that fact, which was further bolstered by her subsequent movies. The acting from the rest of the cast members was stilted, and the dialogue was never free-flowing or believable. The film was ok for its time and if viewed that way, but if you are going to watch it with a 2005 sensibility and set of cinematic expectations - be prepared to say you're sorry you spent the time....more info
  • In Love With Love Story
    I love, love, love this movie. This movie had my attention from beginning to end. It is a true love story and an example of a happy, healthy relationship between a man and a woman. I am not a professional movie critic, however, I know great cinematography when I see it, and "Love Story" is definitely great cinematography....more info
  • I'm a chick flick lover, but even this was TOO much for me
    I know it sounds very sad, but I saw "Love Story" on WE. That is the ultimate lonely woman scenario. I'm a fan of classic romantic movies like "Notorious" and "Wuthering Heights," and I'm a pretty big fan of sophisticated, classy chick flicks. But
    Love Story was just to saccharine, too perfect, which I find revolting. It had its nice moments, but it just dragged on and became revolting. But I was born in the late 80s, so you might understand my opinion that I'm not from this 70s era. The Jenny character I found quite annoying, with her constant pestering. But some positive notes, I liked the opening scene and Oliver's opening statement. I also liked the concept of how the only thing that would reunite the father and the son, is Oliver's love for Jenny. I suppose it was a pretty good movie when you're bored. Obviously, its pretty predictable. ...more info
  • This Movie Is (Unintentionally ) Very Funny!!!
    This movie was made in 1970 when the "Disease Of The Week" was so prevalent on the big screen. It concerns a guy played by Ryan O' Neal (who is now referred to as "Rhino Meal" because of his weight problem) who "falls in love" (whatever that means?) with Ali MacGraw. Then of course Ali gets sick with a very bad disease and Ryan informs his father that "Love means never having to say you are sorry" which is very funny because I seem to spend my entire life apologizing to my HOT girlfriend Cheryl so she will "make nice" to me. I give this movie 5 stars because this movie successfully managed to manipulate the emotions of an entire generation....more info
  • Good 1970 Drama/Romance
    Everyone knows the theme music to this one. From what I hear, the film was a huge hit when it came out in 1970. The "love story" involves two students from Harvard: The guy (Ryan O'Neal) is a likable hockey player from an incredibly rich family who doesn't get along with his rigidly high-class father (Ray Milland); the gal (Ali MacGraw) is an intelligent musician from a working-class family who strangely calls her father "Phil" and cusses a lot.

    When I first saw the film, over four years ago, I didn't much like Ali MacGraw's character. She comes off bizarre and annoying ("Hey preppy" -- "preppy" "preppy" "preppy"). O'Neal's character, on the other hand, I found to be an all-around likable guy -- tough but at the same time very nice, filthy rich yet undenialby humble and respectful.

    MacGraw's character kinda turned me off to the the flick the first time I saw it. Seeing it again recently, I enjoyed "Love Story" more because I was prepared to handle and embrace her strange personality.

    The father/son 'relationship' is very interesting: O'Neal calls Milland "sir" at all times. In reality there's NO relationship at all. Hence, what ultimately takes place in the story is both understandable and believable.

    There's a funny scene when O'Neal finally takes MacGraw to his family estate to meet his parents. She's understandably overwhelmed when she realizes just how rich O'Neal's family actually is. Her true-to-character reaction made me bust out laughing.

    I enjoyed the New England locations and seasonal changes. The setting and tone naturally reminded me of "Dead Poets Society." I'm not saying "Love Story" is anywhere near as good because "Dead Poets Society" is in a class by itself. Yet, "Love Story" is a good drama/romance; I technically rate it 3.5/5 Stars. Just keep in mind that it's from 1970. Viewing it is like going back in time; in other words, it's a fascinating period-piece.

    There are rumors that noted director Ang Lee wants to remake "Love Story." His major change in the storyline, of course, is that he wants both of the lovers to be male (LOL!!). ...more info
  • That was really a nice one
    After reading the book "Love Story" and sobbing about the ending of the of the book when Jenny dies, I wasn't quite normal for a few days, the story just stuck in my mind. I knew that there was a movie based on the book out there and about a month after reading the book I saw the movie. To be brutally honest the movie didn't have the punch and the emotion that the book had had on me. It just seemed kind of choppy, like somebody was going scissor happy in the editing room in 1970. I am not going to say anything about the acting because who am I to give acting directions. I just want to say that we should feel that way the actors portraying the characters feel, and obviously I did because I felt totally disconnected with the characters.{okay, after seeing th movie I found out that Erich Segal had actually written the screen play before actually writing the book} I don't feel that it would be an insult to say that there should be a remake of the movie "Love Story" because with the technology and the acting skills of today's actors, producers and directors and what not, it could be great. I watched "Love Story" because my dad said it was his favorite movie of all time and that it's the only movie he's ever went to the theatre to watch twice, so I thought that it really had to be a good movie. I did like "Love Story," even though I wouldn't call it one of my favorite movies of all time....I'm more the action, sci-fi, comedy, and horror movie type.
    "Love Story" is good because it seems realistic, just like two normal people who are real different from each other might act in a real life relationship. Ryan O'Neal and Ali MacGraw brought their acting skills and used them in this love story of a movie. If you like love stories, I recommend purchasing "Love Story."...more info
  • Great film with depth and relevance
    Love Story was the 1st film I ever saw. It was 1970, I was 6, and my parents took us to the drive in. That may be one reason I like it so much, but I've seen it many times since and it's one of the few films I don't ever get bored watching. The great soundtrack sets the atmosphere for the relation between Oliver and Jenny, 2 sophisticates at Harvard and Radcliffe who fall in love in the wintertime. The ending set in New York City strikes an especially relevant chord post-Sept. 11th, when so many faced similar, but even worse circumstances.
    The general feel of the film is one of emotional intensity, and a slice of reality from 1970 in Manhattan and Massachusetts....more info
  • Where Do I Begin?
    The picture holds up, that is, you may hate it but it hardly ever looks "60s" or "70s." Both O'Neal and MacGraw are rather good, I can't imagine what torment Arthur Hiller put Ali MacGraw through to get her to deliver those line readings which, by and large, are pretty appropriate and hardly ever wooden as she usually is in other vehicles. I femember years later watching the miniseries THE WINDS OF WAR in which she plays Natalie Jastrow and thinking, in retrospect, that Arthur Hiller deserved an Oscar for making her seem like a human being in LOVE STORY. There's one scene in which she opens an invitation for Oliver's father to his 60th birthday party, a sign she thinks that her father in law might be melting in his opposition to their marriage, and yet she can't make Oliver understand how much this means to her and how very much she wants to go to the party.

    Instead he coldly forces her to RSVP and say that they won't go. Her frustration and pain while she's dialing the phone are palpable, real. PLUS she's dressed exquisitely, in a khaki green miniskirt with a metallic green and black belt that would look perfectly in vogue today. It's the kind of scene that sticks with you, especially in a movie so universally reviled, a movie that has millions of fans and yet, for others, it seems to have gone down in history as the sappiest and stupidest movie ever made.

    What is with the actor Walker Reynolds, who plays Ryan O'Neal's best friend and racketball partner? He's like a blond, somewhat stockier Illya Kuryakin. The racquetball scenes with the two men in crazily tight white cotton shorts and T-shirts is like something out of a Bruce Weber campaign, and their subsequent shower scene should be frozen forever as a certain kinf of Abercrombie & Fitch porn. The actor is appealing and yet, apparently, never made another movie before or since. You wonder why he was even in the picture at all. (He plays "Ray Stratton.") The focus of LOVE STORY is almost entirely on one or the other of the two leads, and Jennifer appears to have no girlfriends at all. She exists in a cocoon first of forbidden love, and then in a hospital bed, after an interlude of watching Oliver skate in a white cable-knit sweater, then they go out for cocoa, and then he asks her what they should do for the rest of the day, she says, "let's go to the hospital." The two of them stagger in a long shot out of Central Park into a cab. It really looks as though she's going to die in the snow, her legs crumbling in on themselves like Bambi trying to stand up. When she made it into the cab I was sighing real relief. I guess somewhere along the way I started to fall for the two lovers. Her snotty, tart, foul-mouthed "attitude" didn't bother me, though it remains startlingly unsaccharine, as though Ruth Gordon should have been playing the part.

    One more scene deserves admiration, the one in which Ray Milland, having written a check for Ryan O'Neal for $5000, money to secure an abortion for another girl (or so Milland thinks), sits there ruffling his checkbook after his son has left him with the unexpected words, "Thank you, Father." The expressions which play across Milland's bemused, wrinkled old face are priceless. You can read his thoughts with a radical transparency, it's a tough acting job and he excels for a minute. Otherwise he's hampered by a script filled with Freudian cliches....more info
  • Love Never Dies...
    Contrary to popular belief, Love Story is not based on a novel by Erich Segal. Author Erich Segal wrote the screenplay first, then adapted it into a novel - which was quickly published before the film's release and became a runaway bestseller.

    In 1970, Love Story took the nation by storm and made stars out of Ryan O'Neal and Ali McGraw. By today's standards, the story has been done so often and so much more dramatically, it seems a bit dated. The film has become very overrated over the years, but it still manages to be a sweet, effective love story, just not as tear enducing as some people say.

    With that said, I enjoyed the film a lot. The two leads have wonderful chemistry and deliver powerful performances. The haunting theme has gone down in history and is one of the most recognizable in all of film. It is a beautiful piece that lingers in the mind and is very difficult to forget.

    While "Love Story" is certainly a pleasant movie, aside from the tragic ending, and one that I enjoy watching, especially for Ali MacGraw's beautiful smile, it is only slightly above average. It of course coined the phrase "love means never having to say you're sorry", which sounds good but in fact is worthless tripe. Anyone who knows what love really is also knows the value, the importance of saying "I'm sorry" when it is warranted. However it is amazing how many people latched on to this phrase, just because it was in a movie.

    This is one of the first films, if not the first, of its kind, and spawned many imitators. It doesn't have the effect I assume it had over thirty years ago, but as far as sappy romances go, this is one of the best I've seen. Worth a watch for its classic status and Best Picture nomination alone. Doesn't hurt that it was also the film debut of a young Tommy Lee Jones....more info
  • 3 stars out of 4
    The Bottom Line:

    Yes it's a schmaltzy tearjerker, but it's a successful schmaltzy tearjerker that develops characters we care a reasonable amount about; if you're the audience for Love Story (you'll know if you are) and haven't seen it yet, then bump it to the top of your Netflix queue....more info
  • "Love knows not its own depth, until the hour of separation."
    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...

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  • Flash from the past
    My wife and I purchased the video for a couples Valentine party in our home. As baby-boomers it was chosen as a flash from the past from when most of us were either dating or first married.

    It was both touching and funny to watch this old movie with friends as our perspective is a lot different 30 some years later. Overall the plot is a bit thin and is a bit implausable and we were not entirely happy with all of the language as Ali McGraw has a rather foul mouth in the film.

    Overall, it worked fairly well for our purposes of attempting to capture a "romantic" film from the past for our group. I think the concepts in the film appealed more to us when we were in our teens and rebelling against authority than today....more info
  • Sob story
    I can't believe all the stars I'm seeing here. Did these people think they were writing about "Casablanca" by mistake? "Love Story" is its own bad joke, surpassed only by "Lovely Story," Burnett and Korman's intentionally hilarious sendup on the old "Carol Burnett Show." MacGraw pouts instead of acts, Segal inserts hip (1970) profanity instead of characterization, and O'Neal amazingly walks away from Milland at the end, when the last line of the novel (in which Oliver cries in his father's arms) was what pushed weepy readers over the edge. I've read that the snowball-fight montage was inserted after the rest of the film had been shot because the filmmakers realized that the two brats who were their main characters needed a shot of humanity. Too little too late. O'Neal himself said it best a year later in "What's Up, Doc?" when Streisand said to him, "Love means never having to say you're sorry." He replied, "That's the dumbest thing I ever heard."

    (If I had to say something nice about the movie, I'd admit under pressure that the counterpoint of Lai's score with the music emanating from the practice rooms where O'Neal is looking for MacGraw was a nice touch. But I'm not really saying it.)...more info

  • I love this movie
    Okay, I'm not good with all this mushy romance stuff, but I found myself drawn to Ali McGraw's witty character, Jenny.
    It's truly a wonderful movie, but now, after many films are based on the same thing (girl with terminal disease, lover devastated), it's gotten a bit old. I still refer to this movie as "the first - and best - of many." I didn't exactly like Ryan O'Neal's character, Oliver, because he was just too deep to me. Sorry, true love makes me sick. Other than that, this movie is the only drama-total romance one I can stand. Definitely a must-see....more info
  • Come over here preppy.
    This is such a sentimental movie. I love how Jenny and Oli bond and go through their problems together. It is so well done and the music is breathtaking. I love it and I think the ending is so realistic and it made me cry, which is a hard thing to do. Do yourself a favor, and rent this movie!...more info
  • Beautiful
    I love this rather corny, cheesy love story which has a very 70's movie feel. If you like 70's films you will love this. I am not sure this film would have been well received if it had been made today but with 70's movies you kind of expect a film like this. All in all it is solid on all counts - acting, writing and directing. It has being accused of being morbid and manipulative but I think the subject matter was handled with maturity and in a way was uplifting in the end. Even though you know what is going to happen you can watch this over and over again and each time its a trip back in nostalgia - back to a time when Hollywood still made movies like this. ...more info
  • Not the Schmaltz You'd Be Led To Believe
    The last time I saw "Love Story" was on a network showing circa 1976 on the family black-and-white when I was twelve and my sister was thirteen. What do you know about love at that age but my sister was all blubbery. I've just celebrated my first wedding anniversary with my wife and I wanted to get her a quintessential romance flick so why not but..."Love Story". Unless you've never been in love or are inherently cynical you can't appreciate how this film captures the experience of being totally immersed in another person. The film's catchphrase, "Love means never having to never say your sorry" doesn't seem that corny. Even the film's tragic conclusion doesn't seem contrived or manipulative. I think it helps that the film's stars, Ryan O'Neal and Ali MacGraw, have kinetic chemistry even though I believe they were married to others at the time(MacGraw was married to Paramount honcho Robert Evans). An interesting dichotemy here is how the film presents O'Neal and MacGraw's fathers. O'Neal is saddled with a rich controlling father (Ray Milland) whereas MacGraw's father (John Marley) is a widower and MacGraw kind of assumes the spousal role in her relationship to him. Now I don't know if that explains the attraction between the two leads but it's interesting food for thought. "Love Story" kind of get's short shrift these days, dismissed by some as more of a dated cultural phenomenon than a great film, which is a shame. "Love Story" is a film where you have to shed your reservations or inhibitions and accept it for what it is. ...more info
  • Boo-Hoo-Hoo, BLECH
    I bought this for my mother, who likes weepy, maudlin stuff like this. Feh! This type of film make's my skin itch, it is a classic weepy film, chock full of cliches. This is the Holy Grail of weepy melodramas. Enjoy....more info
  • i did not love this story
    I seriously must say that Love Story is one of the worst movies I have ever seen. I rented it, anticipating an emotional, tear-jerking masterpiece; man, was I disappointed. The script consists of some of the CHEEZIEST lines- "being in love means never having to say your sorry" PLEASE- and the acting is laughable. These kids are supposed to be full of youthful energy and passion- they look about as passionate as a cess pool. Oh, and they could have picked a more varied musical selection- they played the same repetitvely boring theme over and over!...more info
  • DON'T BULL $ # I T ME!
    'Love Story' was the talk of the town in it's day, but the years have not been too kind to the film. The story of the rich man meets poor girl is interesting enough, but the dialogue is a bit dated. O'Neal and MacGraw are appealing, but both characters have feeling of inadequacies that make them slightly irritating. In the end, the love between them is believable and heartfelt, insuring the finale being quite sad. The film score is so recognizable, it's like the definitive score for romance films! Look fast for a young Tommy Lee Jones! The DVD has a good transfer and the extras are interesting....more info
    I've seen this video countless times. More times, than any other movie. And every time I watch it, it moves me to tears. To experience a love so true and so deep is a miracle and to lose it... it's beyond me. But to even experience it and see a glimpse of it (from this movie) is a wonder enough. The love story between rich Harvard hockey-player Oliver Barrett IV (played by Ryan O'Neal) and smart-mouthed Radcliffe gal Jennifer Cavilleri (played by Ali McGraw) is one of those once-in-a-lifetime love stories... captured on film. These two star-crossed lovers who are from the opposite ends of the socio-economic ladder overcome all obstacles (disapproving parents, near poverty and Harvard Law School) to make their love work. The only thing going for them was their love and devotion to each other. And just when things were finally looking up... tragedy strikes.

    The book written by Eric Segal is even more moving but to see the movie, is just as a great experience. It's not just a tearjerker! It's truly a masterpiece! I LOVE THIS MOVIE! It's my ALL TIME favorite movie.

    Does anyone know if they plan to release this on DVD?...more info

  • My Mom's Favorite Flick
    My mother absolutely adores the movie "Love Story." It is her all time favorite movie. So, whenever it is her birthday or a special occasion of any sort, we pop it into the VCR and watch it together. It has even grown to be one of my favorite movies. I am not someone that watches a lot of love stories, but this one sure is a great one. I like it better every time I see it...even if it does make me misty eyed. :-)...more info
  • Better than average tragi-drama
    I was greeted with surprise by a friend when I recently said that I'd never even heard of Love Story, so she insisted I had to see it. For likewise uninitiated it concerns a couple who meet at Harvard from different ends of the social spectrum - she's poor, he's rich - and forge a relationship against all odds. When the girl contracts cancer though they find their love put to the ultimate test.

    If the synopsis I gave above sounds clich®¶d that's probably because the story is clich®¶d, although that doesn't mean to say that the movie is. In fact, against all odds it actually presents a very moving relationship that will, if nothing else, draw you in. The acting by the two leads is very good indeed, especially for the genre because they make an often-trodden story seem realistic. More than anything else it's the presentation of the relationship that makes this a romantic tragedy that's a cut above the rest. This isn't presented in hyperbole but as something real. They argue, they tease and they have fun like any other couple. This is important because it's one of those rare occassions where the 'love to end all loves' is actually presented realistically. Neither of the leads are stunningly good-looking, and they argue about issues that you imagine yourself arguing about. More importantly, the moral issue of whether the husband should tell his wife that she has cancer (in a particularly interesting social note today - the husband was told first) is presented very well indeed. This serves to make the ending quite moving and if the famous line 'Being in love means never having to say you're sorry' (which I hadn't ever attributed to Love Story before watching it) sounds cheesy then for the most part the movie isn't. In many ways it reminded me of the Marisa Tomei/Christian Slater vehicle Wild At Heart, which should be sought out by anyone who enjoyed this....more info

  • Love Story
    I saw this as a teenager and have always loved it. What a beautiful story of love and loss. It helps you remember how short life is and how important the little things are....more info
  • Buy This Movie Preppie
    This is one of my all-time favorite movies. If you are channel surfing and it is showing it is so easy to get sucked in no matter how many times you may have already seen it. The setting is Cambridge MA in the late 60's at Harvard University. The handsome and wealthy Oliver Barrett IV meets the brainy and beautiful but poor Jennifer "Jenny" Cavilleri at the library. Ali McGraw is so wonderful in this role as the sarcastic but endearing Jenny and Ryan O'Neal is perfect as the hockey playing jock/scion of an old New England family. This tender love story unfolds behind the ivy covered gates and the winter scenes and Francis Lai's soundtrack are exquisite. The movie takes you from undergrad, to law school, marriage and to the tearful conclusion without missing a beat. Ray Milland is brilliant as the snobby and class conscious Oliver Barrett III. A visually appealing movie that I highly recommend....more info
  • Love Story
    The movie Love Story is indeed all about love. The bantering between the two stars in their relationship keeps the story light until the final stages. Highly recommend this movie, but not if you have lost a loved one recently; the emotions will all flood back....more info
  • Freshman week movie at Harvard and Radcliffe
    This is schmaltzy and silly, but it is a real period piece. For years it has been a highlight of freshmen week at Harvard and Radcliffe. Students watch it, laught at it, and then incorporate (sometimes unintentional) jokes from it into freshman repartee.

    If you want to get a sense of a bestselling book and a major box office event of the early 1970s, see this movie ( or read the book). Suspend critical judgment and take it for what it is---a lightweight, idealized romance of postadolescence....more info

  • A walk to Remember
    This movie was very touching.... its a tearjerker for sure.... the movie " A Walk to Remember" is a lot like "love story" but jenny isn't a saint..... ...more info
  • Where do I begin?
    What a blockbuster this film was---most people under 30 would never know, care or remember--A perfect slice of 1970/71 era cinema--SUGGESTION:If the plot, dialoge and story tend to bore can always turn off the sound and quietly behold the lovely Ali MacGraw--!! That's reason enough to give this one a try...more info
  • The film that serves as the canvas for almost every `Love Story'...
    If I had seen this film upon its release (I wasn't born yet) then I may have been tempted to give it five stars, but beings that the plot has been used and abused since then it's really nothing new. Like my title states, this is the film that most tragic love stories look to when devising a plot, and it shows in films as recent as `A Walk to Remember', which upon finishing watching this film last night I turned to my wife and said "doesn't this remind you on `A Walk to Remember' and she of course said "yes, it does". Despite the fact that the script at times grows corny and even a bit irritating, the real story is found within the performances of the two leads, Ali MacGraw and Ryan O'Neal, both of whom rightfully deserved their Oscar nominations. Their story of true love is inspiring, and while the ending has been repeated over and over this is still a film that every lover of movies should see at least once, I mean, it is considered a classic for a reason!...more info
  • The Most Beautiful Love Story
    This is the classic story of Oliver (Ryan O'Neal) and Jennifer (Ali MacGraw), the star crossed lovers whose simple romance is one of the most beautiful stories ever told on film. Oliver is a rich, mildly arrogant hockey playing Harvard student who falls for Jennifer, a poor wisecracking, slightly profane, Radcliffe student. The two begin dating, fall in love, and marry, much to the consternation of Oliver's parents, who cut him off financially. Oliver struggles through law school on Jennifer's salary as a teacher. Upon graduating, Oliver gets a good job at a high powered law firm and Jennifer quits teaching in the hopes that she can become pregnant. Then, fate intervenes. Jennifer is diagnosed with leukemia and their world is destroyed. The musical score is hauntingly dramatic. All of the cast give great performances, particularly Ray Milland as Oliver's father and John Marley as Jennifer's lonely father, Phil. Also recommended is "Oliver's Story", the sequel film, which is not a very good film except that it allows you to see what happens to Oliver in the aftermath of his loss....more info
  • Love Story....I loved it !
    Great Movie...the quality of the disc was great ! It was very quick getting to me. I bought two copies of for My Parents since I was named after the movies main character. Thank You I will buy again from the seller....more info
  • A Love Story
    The acting isn't that good. However, this movie is guaranteed to make you cry. It is a classic tearjerker. The musical score of the movie is terrific and won awards. This movie is mostly for people who saw it years ago and would like to see it again to bring back memories....more info
  • Captured Perfectly
    I imagine that the movie must make Erich Segal proud as it's very true to the novel and captures the characters perfectly. As I read, and re-read love story the faces of McGraw and O'Neal are in my minds. The movie is tragic, and beautiful all at once, just like the book, and is in the same tone and timing as the book. If you loved the novel, the movie will not disappoint you. ...more info
  • Romantic, gut-wrenching, brilliant? Check.
    Today, romance movies and "tearjerkers" are usually too sappy, lame, hackneyed, and just not very good. But this movie, although it's now 35 years old, is a "timeless classic", and it is just as powerful today as it was in 1970 when it was released. It's a refreshingly direct and simple story about love; about two people entirely devoted to each other. Oliver (O'Neal) is a "preppie millionaire" and Jennifer (MacGraw) is "social zero". They meet at college, fall in love, and eventually marry. After overcoming social barriers, arrogant parents (Oliver's parents "cut him off" after he marries Jenny despite their protestations) and poverty during the first couple of years of their marriage, they seemingly have it all. Oliver becomes a lawyer and Jenny no longer has to work tirelessly to provide the basic necessities, and the couple can now afford to start a family. But just as they had the world at their feet, they're rocked by the news that Jenny is, in fact, dying (of cancer). Indeed, it's heart-wrenchingly sad and touching, and it's a hard person who doesn't at least tear up at the sight of Jenny dying in her loving husband's arms. The movie hits all the right emotional buttons, and you share all the love and heartache Jenny and Oliver go through. O'Neal and MacGraw are brilliant and have great chemistry, and of course the haunting (and now legendary) theme music perfectly captures the intensity and feelings between the couple. Indeed, a true love story. And the best one at that....more info
  • LOVE MEANS....
    If you like love stories, then you will love this...Ryan O'Neal and Ali McGraw play two college students who meet, fall in love, and marry over his fathers objections...only to find out that she is dying...Movie is very touching, without being too corny...And yes it does have a sad ending...but it's very heartfelt, not maudlin...DVD picture and sound quality is pretty and you won't be having to say you're sorry......more info
  • speed walker
    I was very pleased the quality of the movie and the expedient service. Thank you!...more info
  • "Love Story" is a good love story
    In "Love Story," a rich guy, Oliver (Ryan O'Neal), and a poor girl, Jennifer (Ali MacGraw), fall in love while both are attending Harvard University. When you see the two characters, it's hard to see how a smart talking music girl and a rich hockey player could possibly be right for each other, but they'll show you how it can be done. But it won't be an easy road to travel because they both have their separate problems/situations to deal with, such as Oliver's dad not being too fond of people unless they're very successful and rich.

    I watched "Love Story" because my dad said it was his favorite movie of all time and that it's the only movie he's ever went to the theatre to watch twice, so I thought that it really had to be a good movie. I did like "Love Story," even though I wouldn't call it one of my favorite movies of all time....I'm more the action, sci-fi, comedy, and horror movie type.

    "Love Story" is good because it seems realistic, just like two normal people who are real different from each other might act in a real life relationship. Ryan O'Neal and Ali MacGraw brought their acting skills and used them in this love story of a movie. If you like love stories, I recommend purchasing "Love Story."...more info

  • Insanely Amazing Film
    This is the greatest romantic film of all time, by a wide margin. This movie hits the heart like a cupid's arrow. Somehow, this movie makes you feel like YOU are living through the love of your life, and it will last only an hour and a half. You sense this from the very beginning and you begin to relish every second of its undeniable charm and power as like you would enjoy a virtuoso concert. This movie was released around the time I was born and I regret every year which I didn't see it. Never have I been more captivated by the characters and their chemistry. Their dialogues are both authentic and hilarious. There is not a single misplaced sentence which suffocates the flow of the film. Instead, the witty charms of the characters makes them irresistible. In effect, the audience falls in love with the characters, and wishes the story will never end, despite its obvious ending. Put this together with outstanding acting and unforgettable music, and you have a film that hits the heart like no other. The film feels like a passionate love relationship which you know will not last.
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  • feel like a good cry?
    Few movies have ever made me cry; this is one of those movies. "Love Story" wonderfully combines humor with heart-felt drama. Sure, Ryan O'Neal and Ali McGraw were not the best actors, but their chemistry makes up for lack of acting prowess. This movie conveys genuine emotion without becoming overly sappy. A must see for the hopeless romantics :o)...more info
  • what's all the hype about?
    The film is stilted, overacted, theatrical. The dialog delivery? It was like Oliver and Jennifer were reading from a script. When one hardly finishes saying something, the other is ready with a retort! "Brrrrrrk" it comes out! "Love Story" is not as boring a movie as it is... uh... phoney. You want to watch a real love story to get those tear ducts working watch "Waking The Dead" with Billy Crudup and Jennifer Connelly. Now that's what I call a good script, good acting, realistic and and heartbreaker of a movie....more info
  • Brand new!
    I received two copies of this fantastic movie and they were shipped in perfect condition....more info
  • A sad film. 4th may 2004.
    Most sad films make me cry, this didn't really. Although it was sad when jenny died. It might not be everyone's type of film but for me i quite liked it. I wouldn't say it was excellent to keep watching over and over again, but it was still a good film. The music at the end was sad too, can't remember how it goes but every time i hear it it makes you feel sad. He had known her and he was going to marry her until she found out that she had got cancer and then she died, Heartbreaking story....more info
  • why does everyone think this love story is so great?
    well it's not. It's not the worst movie I've ever seen, and i don't absolutely despise it, but I do strongly dislike it it. Why?, well, first of all, the story itself is very unoriginal. It's all been done before. Poor little rich boy falls for the actual poor girl. Parents dissaprove, and then, in the end, the girl ends up dying, and the guy mourns. I'm sorry, I just donot find any sentimental value in this film.There is no real chemistry between the actors, and the try way too hard to be all witty. There are too many cheesy lines between the two main characters for this to ever qualify for a great love story. Love stories are full of sincerity, and life. Not sappy,overacted bull. That's not called a love story, that's called a movie....more info
  • Love Story
    There was to much profanity. The story itself is good. When I saw it on the TV years ago I didn't remember all of the use of profanity. If I had I wouldn't have order it. ...more info
  • Hmmmm......
    Yeah, this movie was kinda silly - predictable, corny, overwrought, and most of all, shamelessly manipulative. It had an extremely generic sounding title (kinda like naming a movie, "Action Adventure"), a repetitive and overly melodramatic musical score, amateurish storyline, stilted dialogue, and uninspired acting (except Ali Mcgraw - she CAN act). And what the heck did they mean by "Love means never having to say you're sorry!"? Now that really didn't make a lotta sense! God, the whole thing practically bordered on camp! But you know what, if you just go in to see it without any great expectations, but knowing full well what you're getting into, somehow it works! That's the genius of this movie - not great film making, just surprisingly entertaining fluff! Yeah, I hate to admit, I did enjoy it, even though I wasn't born when it was first released, and viewed the movie as a relic of an older generation. Ali Mcgraw was 32 at the time when the movie was made, playing the character of a girl between 20-25. Granted she was beautiful, but c'mon who were they fooling?? Still it's kind of hard to imagine any other actress who could play the Jennifer Cavaleri role better. Ms. Mcgraw with her cute smile, sweet voice, beautiful long hair, and dewey eyes helps make you overlook the obvious, well almost.... It was also kind of interesting to see a cameo appearance by a very young Tommy Lee Jones (with hair no less!). And it's interesting to know that the Oliver Barrett character was inspired by former Vice President Al Gore. I started thinking about this movie again when I saw the 2002 Oscars, and saw a very aged and bloated Ryan O'Neil and Ali Mcgraw (both in their 60's) coming on stage as presenters with the musical score from Love Story playing as they appeared. It was so surreal. I didn't know whether to laugh or cry, kinda like my reaction to this movie.......more info
  • I am curious.....
    Why did Oliver's father say to him: "You're not yet 21-- not yet an adult?" Most people graduating college have been traditionally been at least turning 22. And also-- why did Jenny not give Oliver a ring in the wedding ceremony? By the 1960's, I think most married men wore (or were at least given) a wedding ring, particularly educated, modern people like Oliver....more info


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