A moving and uplifting drama about the effects of interracial marriage in the 1960s. Friends since childhood, and loved by both families, this couple are exiled after their wedding and have to wage a courageous battle to find their place in America as a loving family.
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I had been doing research on interracial relationships/marriages and came across the Lovings. They pretty much were the final straw that helped do away with interracial marriages being illegal in the south (it happened in June 1967 which is a crying shame that it took that long). This movie was pretty good. Tim Hutton always does well in his acting and Lela Rochon was OK. It was a rather quick movie and it told the basic lives of Richard & Mildred Loving and what they had to go through because they were a black and white couple and got married in the south. I recommend seeing this movie if you have an interest in the interracial struggles of those who fell in love and did what they wanted against the odds and prevailed.
This review is from: Mr & Mrs Loving [VHS] (VHS Tape) This is a great movie, and protrays the actual events tastefully. Only wish I couldve gotten this on DVD.
This review is from: Mr & Mrs Loving [VHS] (VHS Tape) I "LOVE" TO SEE BLACK FEMALES WITH MALES THAT ARE NOT BLACK! AWWW A BLACK WOMAN WITH A MAN WHO IS NOT BLACK! HOW CUTE! I "LOVE" THIS MOVIE, THIS IS MY FAV MOVIE! I want to buy this movie from here, but everytime i try to buy it from here it brings me to the OTHER Mr and Mrs Loving! SO I CAN'T BUY THE 1996 ONE, THAT I REALLY WANT! i dont wanna buy the older version, i want to buy the 1996 version. by the way.... LELA ROCHON IS FIONE! LELA ROCHON IS THE SECOND MOST BEAUTIFUL WOMAN IN THE WORLD, RIGHT BELOW TATYANA ALI AND RIGHT ABOVE ROBIN GIVENS!
This review is from: Mr & Mrs Loving [VHS] (VHS Tape) I "LOVE" TO SEE BLACK FEMALES WITH MALES THAT ARE NOT BLACK! AWWW A BLACK WOMAN WITH A MAN WHO IS NOT BLACK! HOW CUTE! I "LOVE" THIS MOVIE, THIS IS MY FAV I'm gonna buy this movie from here right now! by the way.... LELA ROCHON IS FIONE! LELA ROCHON IS THE SECOND MOST BEAUTIFUL WOMAN IN THE WORLD, RIGHT BELOW TATYANA ALI AND RIGHT ABOVE ROBIN GIVENS!
This review is from: Mr & Mrs Loving [VHS] (VHS Tape) I tried to find Mr. and Mrs. Loving through Netflix, Blockbuster, the Public Library and numerous video stores in New York City. No one had it but this vendor, who answered one of my preliminary questions within 10 minutes of my posting it. Great product in terms of viewing quality. Great service!
In another review, someone asked what happened to the real Mr. and Mrs. Loving. I have read several newspaper/magazine about the Lovings. Richard Lovings was killed in a car accident shortly after he and Mildred were able to return to Virginia permanently. Mildred became blind in one eye as a result of the accident. Mildred is still living in Central Point, Virginia (the town where she and Richard grew up and met), but she does not want to be bothered by the media. For the reviewer who said the movie did not explain why Mildred and Richard got together, I have an answer to that as well. The town where the Lovings grew up had been racially mixed for decades, and had a long history of peaceful, friendly relationships between blacks and whites, as well as many interracial relationships. So, a white man and black woman becoming romantically involved (and the white man respecting and not using the black woman) was nothing unusual.
One of the better TV movies, Mr. & Mrs. Loving focuses on the real-life story of a white man and an African-American/Native American woman who marry in DC but live in Virginia. Virginia prosecutes them for violating its anti-miscegenation statutes, and the case eventually makes its way to the Supreme Court.To answer the reader below, Mr. Loving died in car accident in 1975, but the Lovings had 3 children prior to his death.
I saw this movie on Showtime (I believe) when it was first released. I have been looking for a copy to own ever since. The Lovings were simple, honest, everyday people who fell in love. Nothing extraordinary except for the color of their skin and the politics of race.
A restrained, intelligent and powerful movie, set in the 1950s-60ssouthern states of the USA, telling the true story about the Lovings,an interracial married couple who challenged Virginia'santi-miscegenation law (The Racial Integrity Act of 1924) and saw itoverturned.The film is engaging not only because of its important subject matterbut because the subject matter is dealt with so well; with a superbscript that opens up facets of the couples experiences with greatsubtlety and understanding; outstanding performances all round thatdeliver rich character portrayals; and brilliant production work thatcreates a tremendous feel for the time and place. That there were moremovies of this quality around! And of course the great poignancy ofthis movie is that it is based on true events, and so stands as awonderful testimony to true love.An important, powerful and superb film.
Why? Because it's the perfect way to celebrate "Loving Day" an unofficial commemoration of the Supreme Court decision that struck down anti-miscegenation laws in Virginia, 16 other states and nationwide. Naturally, Richard and Mildred Loving weren't the first (or the last) interracial couple in America, they were the first to have the courage to challenge an unfair law...and for that alone, they are heroes and role models to all who believe in personal freedoms.If you ask me, Mr. & Mrs. Loving should be re-released into theaters rather than just limited to cable television. This is the kind of movie I enjoy watching most...a love story that is based on the inherent romance of Reality. I thought that Timothy Hutton and Lela Rochon played the roles of Richard and "Bean" Loving in a very believable and empathetic way...and the actors selected to be their children were just adorable! One of the things I appreciated about this movie was the way it demonstrated how the Lovings were like any other ordinary couple: how they had the same good times and that they sometimes had similar miscommunications, jealousies, and insecurities other couples experience, and how they sometimes fought with each other about the same relationship issues that any other couple has to work their way through. By showing the various emotions displayed in this movie, I felt that it helped the viewer, even if they've never been in an interracial relationship, identify with the Loving family and their plight.While I firmly believe that the Civil Rights story in Mr. & Mr. Loving is an important story...and is one that definitely needs to be told rather than downplayed, I must say that I was glad that this movie wasn't treated as some dull and dry "documentary" or "advocacy" type of story. I'm even gladder still that the message of this story wasn't blurred by some sensationalist trash bordering on soft core racist pornography. Far too often most interracial love stories are treated in this manner...and I find that patently offensive. As a person who had dated/married interracially, I have a vested interest in seeing more movies done featuring realistic portrayals of couples that look like my partner and I, quality romantic movies with beautiful cinematography, fully developed characters and believable well written plots...and at the same time are still entertaining and allow that bit of escapism we crave when watching films.One of the things I appreciated about this movie was watching the transition of "Bean" from being that naive trusting teenager,the one who practically worshipped the ground Richard walked on...and watching transform into a strong, confident mature woman with her own tastes and opinions apart from her husband...and to see her be able to stand up to her husband without alienating him.Overall, I thought it was a very good movie, but I do have a few suggestions that would improve the DVD: Showing more deleted scenes, include some outtakes, perhaps a documentary about the actual family and the case, one that lets real life interracial couples talk about their lives and experiences, as well as the making of this movie with interviews from the actors, producer and director.
This review is from: Mr & Mrs Loving [VHS] (VHS Tape) It is amazing how things were during that time frame. I enjoyed watching the movie with my family. Gave the movie to a friend to watch.
This review is from: Mr. & Mrs. Loving (DVD) This was a powerful TRUE love story and much more. It was well acted and stayed true to the real story. My wife and I owe a debt of gratitude (to say the least) to Mr and Mrs Loving. We were Married in Louisiana in 1994. I am white and my lovely wife is black. I highly recommend this movie.
I caught this movie on TV when it first debuted, but now own it on video.It is truly an excellent portrayal of the kind of life interracial MARRIEDcouples had to deal with during this time of heated topics of race andequality--Civil Rights. Both Timothy Hutton and Lela Rachon performedtheirreal-life characters exquisitely. There are so many problems that aroseduring the late 1950s and into the 1960s, but we must also remember thatthere still exist racial issues that should not even be. The day everyperson realizes it was NOT intended by God to keep people of differentcolorfrom intermixing and interacting with amongst each other, as the statecourtjudge so hypocritically proclaimed in the face of the Lovings that day theywere sentenced...someone who obviously did not know his Bible verywell...will be quite a day indeed.For the interest in learning more about interracial relationships back inthe 1960s, I would recommend seeing the movie entitled "Love Field" withMichelle Pfeiffer and Dennis Haysbert. It is not based on a true story,butit does depict the attitude of our country toward black and whiterelationships during the civil rights movements.
A young interracial couple of the 1960's fights Virginia's racist laws against mixed marriages. It seems unbelievable today that such laws would exist in the United States. Viewing this film reminds us that racial prejudice has deep roots and it takes ordinary citizens with the courage to stand up for their rights if discrimination is to be overcome. The movie was well done with good performances. A good film for young people to see to remind them not to take their freedoms for granted.
Having read recent newspaper accounts of the repeal of the remaining anti-miscegeneration laws in various states. I wanted to see more about the case which began it all. The State of Virginia V Loving. With a name like that the State of Virginia did not really stand a chance. But it would take another six years after Richard and Mildred Loving married before the United States Supreme Court overuled the State of Virginia's viciously racist findings to allow the Lovings to finally cohabit and return to their waiting relatives in Virginia. This wonderful film is about a genuine love story in which the Lovings a interracial couple from Virginia marry in segregation era America and feel the full impact of the old slavery laws come hurtling down on them. On their wedding night the Lovings are dragged from their beds and thrown unceremoniously into jail. Richard Loving is freed a day later because he is white but his wife has to languish in jail for another seven days before she is informed of what "crime" she has committed.The Lovings are invited by the judge to accept jail or be banished from the state for 25 years. After choosing the latter the Lovings find it impossible to shake off the homesickeness for old friends and family and decide to secretly return home. The remainder of the film is dedicated to their participation in the Civil Rights movements, the birth of their children and the legal battle which ensues with the State of Virginia. The Lovings legal representation was rpovided free by the American Civil Liberties union after Milded Loving wrote to President John F Kennedy. This scene is particularly moving.The leads are played by the beautifully sensual Lela Rochan ( Waiting to Exhale 1995) and the gorgeous Timothy Hutton (The General's Daughter (1999) This stunningly sexy couple who are instantly likeable and engaging , really bring the Lovings story to life. However this is a Hallmark film on a smallish budget so no one should expect riveting car cashes or lenghty court room speaches. The focus is always on the emotional chemistry between the couple and how their right to live without being harrassed by the state of Virginia or separated from their extended family is a matter of personal dignity and essential to the integrity of American society. Watch out for some original archival footage from Martin Luther Kings legendary "I have a Dream" speech.
STORY OF TWO PEOPLE WHO FALL DEEPLY IN LOVE...NO MATTER WHAT!! THEY HAD TO LIVE IN A BLACK NEIGHBORHOOD, RUN OUT OF THEIR "OWN" HOMETOWN TO MARRY. WHEN WILL AMERICA LEARN "LOVE HAS NO COLOR" I BOUGHT THIS 6YRS AGO FOR $5
The story falls short in bringing Mildred and Richard alive. It jumps too quickly into the love story, failing to acquaint us with either of them as a person, failing to give us any idea why a rural working-class white man born and raised in the Jim Crow South would choose to marry the black woman he loved instead of enjoying her in the bushes, as his contemporaries did with their communities' tacit approval. Is Richard noble, or mentally deficient? This movie will never tell you. Nor are you told what Richard's parents thought of his marriage. We never see inside Richard and are given but limited glimpses into Mildred. Still, it is a significant movie because it tells a story few Americans know about their history.The Loving decision is getting a lot of attention these days because the legal definition of "marriage" is at stake. At the time of the Supreme Court's decision in 1967, interracial marriage was banned in sixteen states, including Virginia (thus a minority, not a majority, of the United States). Interracial marriages had been celebrated elsewhere in America, and legally, since shortly after the first blacks arrived here hundreds of years ago. So it isn't true that "blacks and whites have only been able to marry each other since 1967." At the end of the movie, though the caption gets the number of states wrong, at least it is made clear that it was a minority of states that banned interracial marriage in 1967.
This review is from: Mr. & Mrs. Loving (DVD) I have never seen this movie, and I am really into Timothy Hutton ever since he won an Oscar for the film Ordinary People. It is a good movie, not great, but good, and its a true story.
People have taken to saying that "only since 1967 has marriage beenlegal between blacks and whites" in the United States. That is nottrue. Only a minority of states, such as Virginia, still banned suchmarriages in 1967, and it was such prohibitions that the court wasasked to strike down in the case that inspired this movie. Blacks andwhites had been legally marrying elsewhere in America since colonialtimes. So the Supreme Court was not being asked to "create" interracialmarriage in the Loving case.I've known about the Loving case since I was a child, and I had somedoubts about whether I wanted to see a movie about it. For the mostpart, I think this was a good effort, though far from an excellent one.Doing movies about living people is tricky. In this movie, we are shownnaturalistic details that I could have done without; but holes alsowere left in the narrative that I'm sure would not have been there,paradoxically, if we hadn't been dealing with a true story. Many peoplecould have missed that Richard and Mildred had known each other sincechildhood, an important detail that's barely mentioned. That countrybar or club in the first scene that shows blacks and whites socializingtogether is never commented upon or explained. Yes, such a place (ifrun by blacks) could have existed in a time of Jim Crow and when"miscegenation" was a crime in Virginia, but its existence is aparadox, and one that's never explained and would go completely overthe heads of most of the people watching. We meet people who are neveridentified or only identified much later, and not while they're oncamera. Richard's family's reaction to his decision to marry Mildred isnever dealt with at all. We see his parents only briefly, and they areall but mute. It would have been better to leave them out altogetherand have viewers assume Richard was an orphan than to duck this majorissue in this way. Most important, I wish we had been given some ideaof what kind of man Richard is (for the story really is his) beforebeing plunged into the love story. What motivates him? Why does hechoose to marry Mildred instead of merely "keeping" her, an arrangementthat his society would have accepted? We never get to know Richard, sothese questions are never answered. Still, I would otherwise give highmarks to Timothy Hutton's portrayal of Richard. He comes across as avery ordinary man, as no hero--and that's important. The story ofRichard Loving is that of an ordinary man, a common man, and thereinlies its majesty.
Mildred Loving and My family were really true family years ago,we've been family for thirteen years, And then my sister married Richard & Mildreds oldiest son Sidney.I tell everyone watch the movie at least once. Mildred was a wonderful friend, one of my closest friends. She knew me and I knew her. She has told me so many stories about her and Richard. And Loving was the perfect name, they loved each other so much. I can remember sitting at Mildreds kitchen and us talking for hours. Or laying in Mildreds bed and talking about our lives being so simular. I loved her so much & I miss her even more. She is in my every thought. Leslie Houser.