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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.

Director:

Jeff Nichols

Writer:

Jeff Nichols
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 25 wins & 83 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ruth Negga ... Mildred
Joel Edgerton ... Richard
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 Keith Tyree ... Bricklayer
Sharon Blackwood ... Lola Loving
Rebecca Turner ... Pregnant Girl
Christopher Mann ... Theoliver
Mike Shiflett ... Magistrate
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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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All love is created equal.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

UK | USA

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, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$7,696,098, 20 January 2017
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Color

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2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Before their 1967 Supreme Court victory, Mildred and Richard Loving had two years earlier lost a lower-court appeal of their conviction for violating the Virginia law against interracial marriage. The judge who refused to vacate that conviction, Caroline County Circuit Court Judge Leon M. Bazile, wrote in his decision that "almighty God created the races white, black, yellow, malay and red, and he placed them on separate continents. And but for the interference with his [arrangement] there would be no cause for such marriages. The fact that he separated the races shows that he did not intend for the races to mix." See more »

Goofs

At the beginning of the movie, when the two cars are racing, one of the drivers is stepping on a brake pedal with a disc brake emblem. Disc brakes were not mass produced until the mid 60s. See more »

Quotes

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

Don't Be a Fool
Written by Willie Clarke and Clarence Reid
Performed by Clarence Reid
Published by Dust Index
Courtesy of Numero Group
By arrangement with Bank Robber Music
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Beautiful understated love, a powerful film
31 October 2016 | by richard-1967See all my reviews

This is the best film I've seen so far this year. Even though the story is widely known - complete with a recent first-rate documentary - this film delivers a tale of understated, quiet, but powerful love. In the process, the Lovings' eventual Supreme Court triumph seems almost incidental. Yet when Mrs. Loving looks out her front porch after hearing the final decision, you can almost touch her sense of pride in knowing that she, her husband, and her kids are a family in the eyes of the law for the first time.

No Oliver Stone drum-banging here. By resisting the temptation to overdramatize the screenplay and allowing his two lead performers (both excellent) to have moments of quiet and simplicity, director Jeff Nichols has increased, not lessened, the story's power. For here was a husband and wife in love who just wanted to be left alone to live their lives. This bricklayer and this homemaker, one the provider, one the keeper of the home fires, are simple people but exceptionally genuine. Nothing in this movie is gussied up for the audience. And that makes this film all the more compelling.

Assisted by lush cinematography and songs that are less familiar (and thus more interesting) than most films set in this period, and aided by being filmed largely in the town where it all happened, Loving has a genuineness and unadorned truth that is rare to find in films today. I loved it.


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