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Loving (2016)

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The story of Richard and Mildred Loving, a couple whose arrest for interracial marriage in 1960s Virginia began a legal battle that would end with the Supreme Court's historic 1967 decision.

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Jeff Nichols

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Jeff Nichols
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ruth Negga ... Mildred
Joel Edgerton ... Richard
Will Dalton Will Dalton ... Virgil
Dean Mumford Dean Mumford ... Drag Race Driver
Terri Abney ... Garnet
Alano Miller ... Raymond
Chris Greene ... Percy (as Chris R. Greene)
Benjamin Booker ... Shotgun Shack Musician #1
Justin Robinson Justin Robinson ... Shotgun Shack Musician #2
Dennis Williams Dennis Williams ... Shotgun Shack Musician #3
Keith Tyree ... Bricklayer
Sharon Blackwood ... Lola Loving
Rebecca Turner ... Pregnant Girl
Christopher Mann ... Theoliver
Mike Shiflett Mike Shiflett ... Magistrate
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Storyline

Richard Loving, a white construction worker in Caroline County, Virginia, falls in love with a local black woman and family friend, Mildred Jeter. Upon Mildred discovering that she is pregnant, they decide to marry, but knowing that interracial marriage violates Virginia's anti-miscegenation laws, they drive to Washington, D.C. to get married in 1958. Richard makes plans to build a house for Mildred less than a mile from her family home..

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All love is created equal.


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Rated PG-13 for thematic elements | See all certifications »

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Language:

English

Release Date:

4 November 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El matrimonio Loving See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$9,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$159,615, 6 November 2016

Gross USA:

$7,751,969

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$12,957,265
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2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Received a standing ovation at its premiere at the Cannes Film Festival in May 2016. See more »

Goofs

The film made a good effort to recreate the scene of one of the iconic photographs from Life magazine, where Richard is lying on the couch with his head on Mildred's lap. However, in the original Life photo (shown during the credits), Mildred is holding a cigarette. Mildred was not shown holding a cigarette in the recreated scene. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Mildred: I'm pregnant.
Richard Loving: [long pause] Good. That's good.
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Soundtracks

John Henry
(Traditional Song)
Performed by Benjamin Booker, Justin Robinson, and Dennis Williamb
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Hidden Vigour: Negga excels in another glimpse into America's racist past
5 April 2017 | by bob-the-movie-manSee all my reviews

A few weeks ago when I reviewed "Hidden Figures" I pointed out the how absurd the racist behaviour at NASA in the 60's must have appeared to a young boy in the audience at my screening.  In many ways, "Loving" – a film that has had a lot less publicity and is a less obvious 'crowd-pleaser' – makes a useful companion piece to that film. 

It tells the true story (yes, yet ANOTHER 'true story'!) of Richard and Mildred Loving who travelled from their home town of Central Point Virginia to Washington DC where – as a mixed race couple – they could legally get married. 

However, on returning to their home state and living together as man and wife, they fell foul of the State's repulsive antimiscegenation statute which banned inter-racial marriages. The Lovings were found guilty and sentenced to a year in jail, which was suspended on the requirement that – unbelievable but true – the couple leave Virginia and not return (together) for 25 years. The film documents the fight of the couple – largely led by the feisty Mildred (Ruth Negga) – to fight the injustice, taking the case ultimately to the US Supreme Court for an historic ruling.

This was an Oscar-nominated performance by Ruth Negga and, man, is it deserved. It's a performance of such quiet understated power that it is a joy to watch. But also strong is that of Joel Egerton ("Midnight Special", "The Great Gatsby") as Richard who here adopts a largely sulky and subservient manner that contrasts beautifully with Negga's perky optimism.

I also loved the performance of Marton Csokas (Celeborn from "The Lord of the Rings"), chillingly unreasonable as the bigoted Sheriff Brooks and Michael Shannon ("Nocturnal Animals", "Midnight Special") as the Time photographer Grey Villet, capturing a classic picture that is shown (in standard 'true story' fashion) at the end of the film (and below).

Written and directed by Jeff Nichols, whose "Midnight Special" last year made my top 10 of the year, this is a thoughtful and educational piece that should particularly appeal to older viewers keen to see a drama of historical importance beautifully told.

(For the graphical version of this review please visit bob-the-movie- man.com. Thanks.)


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