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Kristin Lai

Jeff Nichols's upcoming historical drama Loving hasn't even hit theaters yet, but that hasn't stopped it from rapidly becoming a fan-favorite while also garnering a fair amount of Oscar buzz since its premiere at the Cannes Film Festival.

Loving / Focus Features
Loving / Focus Features

Loving is a dramatic telling of the real-life Supreme Court case Loving v. Virginia, which ultimately went on to overthrow state laws in place that banned interracial marriage.

At the core of this high-profile and history-altering case were two real people deeply in love and determined to spend their lives together as man and wife: Richard and Mildred Loving.

Mildred and Richard Loving
Mildred and Richard Loving

The exclusive Movie Pilot clip from Loving features Richard (Joel Edgerton) discussing the upcoming Supreme Court trial regarding his marriage to Mildred (Ruth Negga) with his lawyer and confidant Bernie Cohen (Nick Kroll). Check out Edgerton as Loving and Kroll as Cohen in the clip below:

Based on the early reviews from critics, Loving is touching, rare and beautiful. And from what we can tell, Richard and Mildred's actual relationship was just as powerful. As proof, we've included six real-life quotes from Richard and Mildred Loving that prove true love knows no color, bias or prejudice.

1. Richard On The Historic Case

"Tell the court I love my wife, and it is just unfair that I can't live with her in Virginia." - Richard

2. On Challenging Virginia's Anti-Interracial-Marriage Law

“We loved each other and got married. We are not marrying the state. The law should allow a person to marry anyone he wants.” - Mildred, Washington Evening Star (1965)

Mildred and Richard Loving
Mildred and Richard Loving

3. Reacting To The Supreme Court Decision

"For the first time, I could put my arm around [Mildred] and publicly call her my wife." - Richard from True Love Knows No Color (2007)

4. On The Historical Significance Of Loving V. Virginia

"What happened, we really didn't intend for it to happen ... What we wanted, we wanted to come home." - Mildred

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Mildred and Richard Loving
Mildred and Richard Loving

5. Mildred On Her Marriage To Richard

“I married the only man I ever loved, and I’m happy for the time we had together.” - Mildred

6. Mildred Discussing What Loving Means

“Surrounded as I am now by wonderful children and grandchildren, not a day goes by that I don’t think of Richard and our love, our right to marry, and how much it meant to me to have that freedom to marry the person precious to me, even if others thought he was the ‘wrong kind of person’ for me to marry."

"I am still not a political person, but I am proud that Richard’s and my name is on a court case that can help reinforce the love, the commitment, the fairness, and the family that so many people, black or white, young or old, gay or straight seek in life. I support the freedom to marry for all. That’s what Loving, and loving, are all about.” - Mildred Loving, 40th Anniversary of the Loving vs. Virginia Announcement (2007)

Mildred and Richard Loving
Mildred and Richard Loving

The Lovings went on to have three children and remained married until Richard passed away after fatal car crash in 1975 at the age of 41. Mildred never remarried and passed in 2008 at 68 years old, after suffering from pneumonia.

In addition to Edgerton, Negga and Kroll, Loving stars Michael Shannon, Marton Csokas and Bill Camp.

Loving hits theaters in limited release this Friday, Nov. 4, with a wide release coming later this month.


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