Academy Awards 1970 -
Best Original Score: Francis Lai
One of the most popular tearjerkers ever, LOVE STORY tells the tale of a rich law student, Oliver (Ryan O'Neal), and a poor musician, Jenny (Ali McGraw), who fall in love while attending college. Despite opposition to their relationship from Oliver's wealthy father, the two get married. After graduation, Oliver takes a job at a prestigious legal firm in New York, and everything seems to be going well for the couple. However, tragedy strikes when Jenny is diagnosed with a fatal illness. As a result, Oliver must face a future without the woman he loves. This timeless film, based on Erich Segal's novel, featured the famous tag line "Love means never having to say you're sorry."
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).
A New England college is the setting for this study of a love affair that is tinged with the tragedy of illness. Academy Award Nominations: 7, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor--Ryan O'Neal, Best Actress--Ali MacGraw, Best (Adapted) Screenplay--Erich Segal. Academy Awards: Best Original Score.
Film debut for actor Tommy Lee Jones, who was billed as Tom Lee Jones.
Color by Movielab.
Although many believe the film was an adaptation of Erich Segal's best-selling novel, this actually wasn't the case. Segal had actually written the screenplay first and then turned it into a book before the film was made. The book was published and became a best-seller before the film was released.