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The Loving Story (2011)

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A racially-charged criminal trial and a heart-rending love story converge in this documentary about Richard and Mildred Loving, set during the turbulent Civil Rights era. Long Way Home: The... See full summary »

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Eleanor Backman - The Great White Hope (archive footage)
Lindsay Almond Jr. ...
Himself - Virginia Governor, 1958 (archive footage) (as J. Lindsay Almond Jr.)
Edward L. Ayers ...
Himself - Historian and President, University of Richmond (as Edward Ayers)
Leon M. Bazile ...
Himself - Caroline County Circuit Court (archive footage) (as Judge Leon M. Bazile)
Hugo Black ...
Himself - Associate Justice (archive footage)
William Brennan ...
Himself - Associate Justice (archive footage)
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Himself - NBC News, Washington (archive sound)
Tom Clark ...
Himself - Associate Justice (archive footage)
Bernard S. Cohen ...
Himself - ACLU Attorney (archive footage) (archive sound)
Caitlin Congdon ...
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William O. Douglas ...
Himself - Associate Justice (archive footage)
Ken Edwards ...
Himself - Caroline County Deputy Sheriff (as Kenneth Edwards)
Abe Fortas ...
Himself - Associate Justice (archive footage)
Raymond Green ...
Himself - Richard's Best Friend
John M. Harlan II ...
Himself - Associate Justice (archive footage)
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A racially-charged criminal trial and a heart-rending love story converge in this documentary about Richard and Mildred Loving, set during the turbulent Civil Rights era. Long Way Home: The Loving Story is a story of love and the struggle for dignity set against a backdrop of historic anti-miscegenation sentiments in the U.S. The Lovings, an interracial couple, fell in love and married at a critical time in American history, and, because of a confluence of social and political turmoil our reluctant heroes bring about change where previously no one else could. They are paired with two young and ambitious lawyers who are driven to pave the way for Civil Rights and social justice through an historic Supreme Court ruling, changing the country's story forever. Written by Anonymous

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The Lovings were a real life interracial married couple who were criminally charged under a Virginia statute banning miscegenation. By counsel of and with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), the Lovings brought a suit which sought to overturn the law. In 1967, the United States Supreme Court ruled in favor of the Lovings, striking down the Virginia law, and all state anti-miscegenation laws, as unconstitutional per the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution. See more »

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(uncredited man on street in archive footage): Some of my best friends are niggers, if I got in to trouble, I think th... the niggers would come to me as quick as anybody else in the world. I'll give you a little instance, I was standing down on the street with a gentleman from another city last Saturday, and I recon that fifteen or twenty negros passed, and I spoke to 'em "Good morning John, how you gettin' along?" "Very well thank you Mr. Wall, gettin' on fine." And that went on for fifteen or twenty uh negros in less than fifteen minutes...
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Entertaining Documentary
20 February 2017 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

The Loving Story (2011)

*** 1/2 (out of 4)

Richard and Mildred Loving were simple folks from Virginia who found themselves in jail and forced to move out of the state. All of this was due to him being a white man and her being a black woman, which at the time was against the law. This documentary covers this period in their life as well as the Supreme Court ruling, which would change history.

This story was turned into a motion picture in 2016 and while that film was quite good, this documentary is certainly the better of the two. What makes this one here so interesting is that we get interviews with some of the police that arrested the Loving's as well as interviews with the lawyers who took their case to the Supreme Court. We also get interviews with the Loving family, which were recorded as all of this was actually going on.

If you're interested in the subject then there's no question that you'll be entertained by this documentary. The filmmakers did a very good job at explaining what the laws were at the time as well as the entire process of getting the case to the Supreme Court. The interviews with the original lawyers was certainly a major plus as were the archival interviews with the Loving family.


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