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The Loving Story (2012)



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This Oscar-shortlisted film is the definitive account of the landmark 1967 Supreme Court decision that legalized interracial marriage: Loving v. Virginia. Married in Washington, D.C. on June 2, 1958, Richard Loving and Mildred Jeter returned home to Virginia where their marriage was declared illegal-he was white, and she was black and Native American. Hope Ryden's luminous, newly discovered home movie footage of the Lovings and their feisty young lawyers and rare photography by Grey Villet are stitched together in the debut feature by Full Frame Documentary Film Festival founder Nancy Buirski in a film that takes viewers behind the scenes of a pair of unlikely civil rights pioneers and their real-life love story.

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Mildred Jeter Loving
as Mildred Jeter Loving
Richard Perry Loving
as Richard Perry Loving
Robert Pratt
as Robert Pratt
Bernard S. Cohen
as Bernard S. Cohen
Philip Hirschkop
as Philip Hirschkop
Peggy Loving
as Peggy Loving
Sydney Jeter
as Sydney Jeter
Donald Loving
as Donald Loving
Garnet Jeter
as Garnet Jeter
Lola Loving
as Lola Loving
Kenneth Edwards
as Kenneth Edwards
Lewis Jeter
as Lewis Jeter
Edward Ayers
as Edward Ayers
Raymond Green
as Raymond Green
Ruthie Holliday
as Ruthie Holliday
Robert Pierpoint
as Robert Pierpoint
Hope Ryden
as Hope Ryden
Abbott Mills
as Abbott Mills
Caitlin Congdon
as Caitlin Congdon
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Critic Reviews for The Loving Story

All Critics (19) | Top Critics (8)

The tone of the film is solemn and pious, which seems almost inevitable when the topic is segregation and racial intolerance. But there are other reasons to watch this film besides feel-good expediency.

January 25, 2013 | Full Review…

Their story is a powerful statement about freedom.

January 25, 2013 | Full Review…

A low-key but moving documentary about two low-key people and their moving struggle.

January 25, 2013 | Full Review…

The film strikes a quiet, contemplative tone that befits its soft-spoken subjects rather than the tumultuous times in which they lived.

January 25, 2013 | Full Review…

The Loving Story is a different kind of 1960s civil rights tale, one that in many ways has a deeper level of warmth.

January 25, 2013 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

One of the many virtues of Buirski's film is that it doesn't hit viewers over the head with the parallel between the Lovings' case and the debate over same-sex marriage.

January 25, 2013 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Loving Story

A powerful bit of history everybody should know. A very well put together documentary.

Christian C
Christian C

Super Reviewer


"The Loving Story" is an insightful and informative documentary about the landmark Supreme Court decision Loving v. Virginia, which invalidated anti-miscegenation laws across the country and would eventually pave the way for same sex marriage. The story starts simply enough with Mildred Jeter and Richard Loving getting married in the District of Colombia in 1958, due to their native Virginia outlawing interracial marriage. After returning, they were arrested and convicted under the state's Racial Integrity Act, and under a suspended sentence, were told to leave the state. In 1963, Mildred wrote then Attorney General Robert Kennedy to inquire if any of the current civil rights legislation would apply to them. He said no, maybe they could try the ACLU... One of the highlights of "The Loving Story" is listening to audio recordings of Supreme Court arguments which I had never heard before.(One of the lawyers says being in front of the Supreme Court was like looking in the face of God.) While I normally don't favor the approach of relying on archival and previously shot documentary footage, here it works well to let us not only get to know the couple at the heart of the case but also what it was like to live in a time and place that was a lot more complicated than any of us had been led to believe.

Walter M.
Walter M.

Super Reviewer

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