LIFE MAGAZINE
SEX, SENTIMENT AND SUPERMAN IN THE BIGGEST SEASON EVER
COMING ATTRACTIONS
December 1978

As 1978 heads for its close, the annual toting up of film receipts indicates that this has been the best year at the box office in movie history. Fans shelled out a record $3 billion, and in just six months an innocuous little musical like Grease made $135 million, outstripping the 12‑year figure for The Sound of Music. To cap this biggest year, the astonishing variety of goodies previewed here are opening during the peak holiday season. With a strong lineup to follow in 1979, movies never had it so rich.

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Eight years to the month after Love Story was released, it’s inevitably time now for Erich Segal's sequel, Oliver's Story. Ryan O'Neal is back as Oliver "Love is never having to say you're sorry" Barrett IV. He has sufficiently recovered in the intervening years from the tragic death of Ali "Jenny" MacGraw that he has no problem bedding down with a delighted Candy Bergen.

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