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Love Story [DVD] [1970]

Ali MacGraw , Ryan O'Neal , Arthur Hiller    Parental Guidance   DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Ali MacGraw, Ryan O'Neal, Ray Milland, John Marley, Walker Daniels
  • Directors: Arthur Hiller
  • Producers: Howard G. Minsky
  • Format: PAL, Dolby, Mono, Anamorphic, Widescreen
  • Language: English, French, German, Italian, Spanish
  • Subtitles: English, Czech, Dutch, Finnish
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Paramount Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 4 Feb 2002
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005UO5S
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,916 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



Strife-torn America wanted a meat-and-potatoes romance in the late 1960s, and the country embraced Erich Segal's slim, generic-sounding novel in a big way. It did so again for the film adaptation of Love Story in 1970, starring Ryan O'Neal as a law student who defies his rich and powerful father (Ray Milland) on every issue, including the former's love for a music student (Ali MacGraw). The two marry, start life together ... and then the Grim Reaper turns up at the door. Directed by Arthur Hiller (The In-Laws), the film ends up lacking the kind of stylistic boost that might have made it a must-see for the ages. But its faithfulness to the book's uncomplicated and, yes, moving intentions is pretty solid. O'Neal is convincing as a nice guy who's as bullheaded in his own way as his steely father (a nice job by Milland), and MacGraw has a way of getting under one's skin. A viewer just has to try not laughing at the refrain, "Love means never having to say you're sorry". --Tom Keogh

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A young couple crosses social barriers to marry, only to be faced with the unexpected tragedy of the girl's sudden illness. Winner of an Academy Award for Best Music/Original Score, it is also nominated for 5 Academy Awards including Best Picture.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Memories reawoken 27 Sep 2009
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I guess many of the people interested in this old but still warm and worthwhile film, will have watched the original in the cinemas in or around 1971. I did, awakening at the age of sixteen to the emotion of love. I adored the fun that the main characters had at Harvard and I longed for University only two years away, but seemingly a lifetime still. I travelled to Boston this summer and Harvard and walked the courtyards where they played in the snow. A little sentimental now I guess by modern standards but still a fine film and one that does not seem to have been included in TV schedules for many year.The tragic end was perfect in helping a love lorn sixteen year old come to terms with a strange world. I am still trying!
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars so sad! 12 Jun 2004
By Jenny
I have to say that if anyone is even the remotest bit sensitive then this will make them cry! My mum and I were both howling by the end of the film!
As it has been described as cheesy, I must say that I did not find this a cheesy film. It is very sweet and romantic yet it is not one of those predictable films where the girl gets the guy and they live happily ever after. I believe that this is quite different from the usual stereotypical romantic films.
If you love soppy, adorable, romantic films, then this film is definitely a must.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nothing Compares 2 U 13 Sep 2008
A brilliant film with a moral message that is as true today as it was when the movie was made.
The grass is not always greener...and you will live to regret hurting the one person who really loved you!!!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Decent tragi-romance movie 29 Feb 2008
Only having sketchy memories of this from briefly viewing it on TV once at least twenty odd years ago, I thought I knew I didn't like this 'manipulative tear jerker', so, during a phase of rewatching and reassessing some films I had dismissed without really paying attention to, I put this on to watch from beginning to end. And this was one that changed my casually made opinion of it. I didn't really know it was a story of the power of love between two people from such different backgrounds, I sort of knew there was a class thing there, but I didn't know how much of one there was, and how central this was to the story. It made for a very involving narrative because, naturally the viewer would be rooting for true love to conquer this petty divide, a divide as wide as a cavern in the eye's of the O'Neil character's prim and proper family. The sacrifice he makes to be with the one he loves is nothing short of heroic, and O'Neil's acting is superb. The screenplay is witty and memorable as it crystalises that young love lingo, the soppy nicknames each has for the other, and the collegy, wordy conversations that young elite college undergraduates have with each other. It actually tries quite hard not to be a maudling tear jerker, and makes McGraw's character quite a tough minded, no nonsense cookie, but with a real heart, who actually likes O'Neil's stern father more than he does, and is desperate for him to end his feud of silence with his father. Overall, an involving and enjoyable portrayal of a deep and passionate love.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love Story 15 Jan 2010
By Blondie
Format:VHS Tape
One of my favourite movies of all time. I have watched this hundreds of times - no I'm not kidding I still need a box of tissues! I also find it, for me, very nostalgic, as I lived in Canada in the late 1960's so it reminds me of that time - especially the snow/Christmas scenes.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What can you say about a film like Love Story..? 4 April 2013
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I love this film for Ali and Ryan who both shine in their respective lead roles; for their and the director's handling of the blossoming romance (e.g. the snow scenes at the football ground as Ali licks the snow from Ryan's face - so natural); for the memories it evokes of the early 70s; yes for the music and for the fine supporting performances of Ray Milland and John Marley as the fathers of Oliver and Jenny (Marley's scene with O'Neal in the hospital corridor is beautifully underplayed and so powerful for it). The love story on show here is perhaps as much about the parent /child dynamic too. Wonderful.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Brill film, oldie but goodie 19 Oct 2009
What a brilliant film, fair enough the acting is slightly bland due to the fact it was made in the 70s BUT omg what a weepy, brill film, a lil anoying as they plaY the love story theme a lot but brill film overall!! CLASSIC!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BRILLIANT ROMANCE 9 Feb 2009
This is a BRILLIANT film so dont waste time reading this review just go out and buy a oopy.
I promise you wont regret it.
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