As I watched Loving for the first time, I couldn’t help but take note of the number of emotions I seemed to be roller coaster through in the little over 2 hours that I was sitting in the theater.
Loving is one of the most emotional, inspirational films that I have seen in a long time and many of the movies messages are still with me today, a little over a month later. There were a number of messages conveyed strictly through actions, reactions, and silence. At the same time, there was a great deal that was said.
This movie has opened the door to a number of family conversations that I never thought I would have. It reminded me of the importance of not only standing up for myself but for others. It reminded me to be kind, always, because we never know what someone else is facing. It reminded me to take a step back, not to judge, and to always spread love and never hate.
Here are just a few of the quotes from Loving that have stuck with me since I saw the film.
“I’m going to build you a house right here, our house.” ~ Richard Loving
“A sparrow is a sparrow. A robin is a robin. They are different for a reason.” ~ Sheriff Brooks
“If I see you trying to bail her out again, I’ll arrest you.” ~ Sheriff Brooks
“They said I couldn’t see you. What are we going to do?” ~ Mildred Loving
“Do you think you’ll lose?” ~ Grey Villet
“We may lose the small battles but win the big war.” ~ Mildred Loving
“Nobody is going to tell you what you can’t do.” – Raymond
“Is there anything you’d like me to say to the Supreme Court Justices of the United States? ~ Bernie Cohen
“Yeah, tell the judge I love my wife.” ~ Richard Loving
“Mr. Chief Justice, may it please the court. What is the danger to the state of Virginia of interracial marriage? What is the state of danger to the people of interracial marriage? Marriage is a fundamental right.” ~ Bernie Cohen
“Thank you, Mother” ~ Richard Loving
“You never should have gone and married that girl.” ~ Richard’s Mom
“I thought you liked her.” ~ Richard Loving
“I like a lot of people, that doesn’t mean you should go off and marry them.” ~ Richard’s Mom
“If it gets us home, I’ll take the help.” ~ Mildred Loving
“You get what you pay for.” ~ Richard Loving
“We are moving back to the country. I don’t care what they do to us. I ain’t raising my family here.” ~ Mildred Loving
“I can take care of you. I can take care of you.” ~ Richard Loving
These quotes say so much about the film, the Lovings, and the struggles that they faced and overcame. Thanks to the Lovings, on June 12 1967, the Supreme Court issued an unanimous decision striking down all anti-miscegenation laws as unconstitutional and in violation of the Fourteenth Amendment’s guarantee of equality.
The Lovings wanted nothing more than to live their lives and love each other. They didn’t set out to be activists; they merely reasonably expected that their fully legal marriage in Washington D.C. would suffice for them to live peacefully in their hometown in Virginia. … it did not. They stood up for themselves and their love and it changed the world.
Before her passing in 2008, Mild Loving spoke of her late husband, Richard, and said, “I miss him. He took care of me.” She never remarried.
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Cast: Joel Edgerton, Ruth Negga, Marton Csokas, Nick Kroll, Terri Abney, Alano Miller, Jon Bass, and Michael Shannon
Written and Directed By: Jeff Nichols
Distributor: Focus Features
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Disclaimer: I was sent on an all-expense paid trip to Los Angeles to cover the LOVING Event with Focus Features. Regardless, all opinions expressed are still 100% my own.