Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Love Means Never Having to Blog You’re Sorry

There are a few quintessentially sappy iconic moments in movie history. Debby Boone’s heart-wrenchingly saccharine rendition of “You Light Up My Life,” Demi Moore and Patrick Swayze spinning pots to “Unchained Melody” in “Ghost,” and pretty much every moment in “The Notebook,” rank among the best.

But the mother of all melodramatic romance movies has to be “Love Story.”

Sadly, the man who created it all, Erich Segal died of a heart attack on Sunday, January 17 at the age of 72. Segal wrote the screenplay (which was turned into cinematic gold by the all too often underrated director Arthur Hiller) and then adapted it into a novel that came out before the movie hit the screen.

But not all of the screenwriter’s words were delivered correctly. She might have had a flawless complexion for a dying girl, but Ali MacGraw botched the film’s most famous line turning the originally scripted "Love means not ever having to say you're sorry” into "Love means never having to say you're sorry." No word on whether or not she apologized for the mistake.

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