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Love Story
Director: Arthur Hiller (Dir)
Release Date:   1970
Premiere Information:   New York opening: 16 Dec 1970
Duration (in mins):   100
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Cast:   Ali MacGraw (Jenny Cavilleri)  
    Ryan O'Neal (Oliver Barrett IV)  
    John Marley (Phil Cavilleri)  
    Ray Milland (Oliver Barrett III)  
    Russell Nype (Dean Thompson)  
    Katharine Balfour (Mrs. Barrett)  
    Sydney Walker (Dr. Shapeley)  
    Robert Modica (Dr. Addison)  
    Walker Daniels (Ray)  
    Tom Lee Jones (Hank)  
    John Merensky (Steve)  
    Andrew Duncan (Reverend Blauvelt)  
    Bob O'Connell (Tommy, the doorman)  
    Charlotte Ford    
    Sudie Bond    
    Julie Garfield    
    Kevin O'Neal    
    Milo Boulton    

Summary: Harvard student and hockey player Oliver Barrett IV visits the Radcliffe library and meets music major Jenny Cavilleri, who works in the library to help pay her tuition. Despite the fact that he is from a distinguished Boston family and she is the daughter of a poor Italian baker, they are attracted to each other. After several months together, Jenny tells Oliver that she has received a scholarship to study music in Paris; instead, of pursuing her studies, however, she accepts Oliver's proposal of marriage. Although they receive her father's blessings, Oliver's father threatens to cut him off from the family wealth. Nevertheless, the young couple is married in a simple ceremony. After graduation, Oliver applies for a grant to law school, but the dean refuses to accept Oliver's separation from his father as evidence of his need for the money. To meet the costs of school and rent, they move into a poor section of Boston, and Jenny goes to work as a schoolteacher. When Oliver finally completes law school, they move to New York City, where he enters a prestigious law firm, and they happily begin to plan a family. One day, Oliver is called into the office of Jenny's doctor, who tells him that Jenny is dying. Shocked and heartbroken, Oliver tries to hide the truth until he finds that Jenny already knows; the couple then sadly faces the inevitable prospect of death. Because he needs a great deal of money for medical expenses, Oliver is forced to visit his father and borrow $5,000, although he does not explain the reason for the loan or apologize for not communicating with him. Soon, Jenny is in the hospital and dies in Oliver's arms. As Oliver leaves, his father arrives to console him, but Oliver rejects the reconciliation, walks to Central Park, and there recalls his brief life with Jenny. 

Production Company: Love Story Co.  
Distribution Company: Paramount Pictures  
Director: Arthur Hiller (Dir)
  Peter Scoppa (Asst dir)
Producer: Howard G. Minsky (Prod)
  David Golden (Exec prod)
Writer: Erich Segal (Scr)
Photography: Dick Kratina (Dir of photog)
Art Direction: Robert Gundlach (Art dir)
Film Editor: Robert C. Jones (Film ed)
Set Decoration: Philip Smith (Set dec)
Costumes: Alice Manougian Martin (Cost des)
  Pearl Somner (Cost des)
Music: Francis Lai (Mus score)
  Johann Sebastian Bach (Concerto no. 3 in d major)
  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (Sonata in f major)
  Michael Praetorius ("Lo! a fair rose is blooming")
  George Frederick Handel ("Joy to the world")
  Isaac Watts (Lyrics)
Sound: Jack C. Jacobsen (Sd rec)
  Bud Grenzbach (Sd rec)
Make Up: Martin Bell (Makeup)
  William Farley (Hairstyles)
Production Misc: Steven Skloot (Prod mgr)
  Sal Scoppa (Prod mgr)
  William Cleary (Tech adv)
  Robert Cleary (Tech adv for hockey seq)
  Ed Quinn (Key grip)
  National Screen Service (Main titles)
MPAA Rating: GP
Country: United States
Language: English

Copyright Claimant Copyright Date Copyright Number
Love Story Co. 20/10/1970 dd/mm/yyyy LP38327

Physical Properties: col: print by Movielab

Genre: Romance
Subjects (Major): Boston (MA)
  Cambridge (MA)
  College life
  Death and dying
  Family relationships
  Harvard University
  Incurable diseases
  Law students
  New York City
  New York City--Central Park
  Radcliffe College
  Class distinction

Note: Location scenes filmed in Boston, Cambridge, and New York City. 

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