Oliver’s Story (1978)


“I didn’t know I could feel this miserable anymore. ” – Oliver Barrett

Number of Times Seen – 1 (20 Apr 2020)

Brief Synopsis – Following his wife untimely death, a young lawyer must find a way to get on with his life.

My Take on it – This is a film that I’ve been meaning to watch for years yet never got around to it.

Love Story (1970) was a great film and this movie allows us to see how the events of that film effect he characters as their lives move forward.

We get a comprehensive look at how grief and loss can affect a character and learn what they must try and do to move on in life.

Ryan O’Neil does a great job in the lead role and allows us to understand his pain and grief and ultimately his reluctance to move on in love and life.

They show us the various changes in his personality and outlook on life ever since the events of the previous film.

Really liked the way that they show his internal conflicts because they seem so realistic throughout.

This, in turn, allows us to better understand the decisions that he makes along the way.

The movie doesn’t shy away from showing encouragement from characters who seem like unlikely sources for this and that also adds to the story because we can see how the actions of others are guided purely by good intentions.

Candice Bergen is fine in the lead but her character lacks so much of the charm and charisma that Ali MacGraw had in the previous film.

They do a nice job presenting the way that one may lead a life following such a powerful loss

Bottom Line – Great sequel to Love Story (1970) that really let’s the viewer see how the events of that film affected this character and we get a better understanding of the ideas of grief and moving on following a loss. O’Neil is once again great in the role of Oliver Barrett and we get to see the various changes in his outlook on life over the period of time since the previous film. The way that he deals with his internal conflict come across quite realistically and it’s easy to understand his decisions in life.  The film doesn’t shy away from showing encouragement from unlikely sources which helps make us realize that the actions of so many of the characters are paved with only good intentions. Bergen does a fine job in the female lead but is less charming and effective as MacGraw was in the original. This is a really well made look at how difficult it can be to move on in life following such a powerful loss. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Candice Bergen takes over the female lead from Ali MacGraw.  Ali MacGraw had previously been married to Steve McQueen, and appeared in The Winds of War (1983). Candice Bergen appeared in The Sand Pebbles (1966) with both Steve McQueen and Richard Attenborough. Richard Attenborough directed both Ryan O’Neal in A Bridge Too Far (1977), and Candice Bergen in Gandhi (1982). The latter film also featured John Gielgud, who appeared in The Winds of War (1983)’s sequel, War and Remembrance (1988), in which Ali MacGraw was replaced by Richard Attenborough’s former daughter-in-law, Jane Seymour. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (7/10)

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