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Love Story

Love Story ★★★ 1970 (PG)

Melodrama had enormous popular appeal. O'Neal is the son of Boston's upper crust at Harvard; McGraw's the daughter of a poor Italian on scholarship to study music at Radcliffe. They find happiness, but only for a brief period. Timeless story, simply told, with artful direction from Hiller pulling exceptional performances from the young duo (who have never done as well since). The end result is perhaps better than Segal's simplistic novel, which was produced after he sold the screenplay and became a best-seller before the picture's release—great publicity for any film. Remember: “Love means never having to say you're sorry.” 100m/C VHS, DVD . Ryan O'Neal, Ali MacGraw, Ray Milland, John Marley, Tommy Lee Jones; D: Arthur Hiller; W: Erich Segal; C: Richard Kratina; M: Francis Lai. Oscars ‘70: Orig. Score; Golden Globes ‘71: Actress—Drama (MacGraw), Director (Hiller), Film—Drama, Screenplay, Score.

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