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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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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.


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

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4 November 2016 (USA)  »

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El matrimonio Loving  »

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$9,000,000 (estimated)

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$159,615 (USA) (4 November 2016)

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$7,696,098 (USA) (20 January 2017)
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Director Jeff Nichols was able to tell the story of the Loving family as accurately as possible by relying on Nancy Buirski's documentary The Loving Story (2011), which captured many details of their private lives: "We had this beautiful documentary footage unearthed from the mid-'60s where we got to go into their home and see them and watch them," Nichols said. Because much of the dialogue actually comes straight from the documentary, the Writer's Branch of the AMPAS determined that Loving (2016) should compete in the 'Adapted Screenplay' category of the Academy Awards. [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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Referenced in Film '72: Episode #46.3 (2017) See more »

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John Henry
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Performed by Benjamin Booker, Justin Robinson, and Dennis Williamb
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Beautiful understated love, a powerful film
31 October 2016 | by (United States) – See 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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