Oliver's Story (film)

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Oliver's Story (film)
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Theatrical release poster
Directed by John Korty
Produced by David V. Picker
Written by Erich Segal and John Korty
Starring Ryan O'Neal
Candice Bergen
Music by Lee Holdridge
Francis Lai
Cinematography Arthur J. Ornitz
Edited by Stuart H. Pappé
Paramount Pictures
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release dates
  • December 15, 1978 (1978-12-15)
Running time
91 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $6 million

Oliver's Story, the sequel to Love Story, is a 1978 film based on an Erich Segal novel published a year earlier. It was directed by John Korty and again starred Ryan O'Neal, this time opposite Candice Bergen. The original music score was composed by Lee Holdridge and Francis Lai.

This film's tagline is: "It takes someone very special to help you forget someone very special."

Plot summary[edit]

Oliver Barrett IV is emotionally devastated by the death of his young wife Jenny. As he tries to lose himself in his work as a lawyer, the long hours don't ease his pain, especially when he finds that his leftist views conflict with those of the senior partners at the firm.

Oliver's inconsolable grief begins to alienate those around him, at least until he finds new love with Marcie Bonwit, the wealthy and beautiful heiress to the Bonwit Teller fortune. Despite his affection for her, Oliver finds it difficult to leave the memory of Jenny behind, which causes many problems in their relationship.


A number of scenes were filmed in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. The Stanley Woolen Mill in Uxbridge, Massachusetts, and other locations in that community were used for this film. Oliver's law offices were those occupied at the time by the New York firm of Davis Polk & Wardwell.



John Marley did not reprise his role as Ali MacGraw's father from the original. He and Paramount had come to terms on money but not billing; he was replaced by Edward Binns.[1]

Critical Reception[edit]

Unlike the original film, Oliver's Story was poorly reviewed and was not successful at the box office. The film currently holds a 20% "Rotten" rating with an average score of 4.1/10 at Rotten Tomatoes.


  1. ^ FILM CLIPS: Harvey: Movies Back to Back KILDAY, GREEGG. Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) [Los Angeles, Calif] 12 Apr 1978: f8.

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