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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.

Director:

Jeff Nichols

Writer:

Jeff Nichols
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 25 wins & 84 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 ... 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.


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

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Focus Features acquired the distribution rights for the film, upon seeing some assembled footage, at the European Film Market with a deal close to $9 million. See more »

Goofs

There's a scene where Mildred Loving is shown washing dishes at home, and the dinnerware appears to be made of Corelle. This brand of dinnerware was not introduced until 1970, and the scene in question would have been mid to late Sixties. See more »

Quotes

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

Features The Andy Griffith Show: The Pickle Story (1961) See more »

Soundtracks

Feel So Good
Written by Robert Ellen
Performed by Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee
Published by Molique Music
Courtesy of Time Mainstream Records
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Missing the historical part
21 December 2016 | by V TaylorSee all my reviews

This could have been a much more interesting film if: 1- we got more backstory on how they met and if they considered the dangers and difficulties of being an inter-racial couple 2- there were fewer long"meaningful" pauses. I started to get impatient as another five minutesof silent stares went by. 3 - the events were compressed so that muchmore time was given to both the state and federal court proceedings 4- much more of the actual Supreme Court case was shown. The Lovings didn't want to attend the court proceedings, but *I* did! I wanted to hear the arguments on both sides and comments of the judges. I wanted to get a glimpse into the thinking of the time. Surely all of this is available.

Nice scenery, good score, and for those of us who remember the '60s, lots of shirtwaist dresses and plaid shirts. The two main characters are excellent actors, especially the female lead. But overall, it's very very slow going with almost no passionate arguments about the heart of the matter: why miscegenation laws were on the books at all. Can't really recommended it whole-heartedly.


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