Love Story


"Love means never having to say you’re sorry.""

From Love Story, 1970

Love Story, written by Eric Segal, is one of the biggest tear-jerkers of all time. Some critics say it is contrived, but it remains popular with many viewers. It launched the careers of Ryan O’Neal and Ali MacGraw, and brought this famous line into popular use for decades: "Love means never having to say you’re sorry."

The plot revolves around two Ivy League college students from very different class backgrounds who meet and fall in love. Oliver Barrett IV (O’Neal) comes from a wealthy and respected family of Harvard graduates. Jennifer Cavelleri (MacGraw) comes from working-class parents but attends Radcliffe on a scholarship.

Oliver’s family, especially his father, does not approve of the match so the lovebirds have to make it on their own without financial assistance. Just as the couple is getting on their feet, Jennifer finds out she has a fatal cancer. Oliver lies to his father to get the money for her treatments to no avail.

The famous line is uttered twice in the movie. Jennifer says it to Oliver, which is what most people remember. But it is also said at the end of the movie by Oliver to his father who regrets not being there for his son in his time of need. As memorable as the famous line is the film’s original musical score is remembered and was recognized with an Academy Award.

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