Mudbound movie quotes help tell the story portrayed in the film about racial tensions on the farmlands of Mississippi in the 1940s. The drama movie was directed by Dee Rees using a screenplay she and Virgin Williams adapted from the book of the same name by Hillary Jordan. Mudbound opened theatrically on November 17, 2017, and went on to earn Oscar and Golden Globe nominations.
In Mudbound, the story of two families in Mississippi during World War II are chronicled. The McAllan family consists of Henry (Jason Clarke), wife Laura (Carey Mulligan), brother Jamie (Garrett Hedlund) and racist father Pappy (Jonathan Banks). They run a farm which employs members of the Jackson family including father Hap (Rob Morgan), mother Florence (Mary J. Blige) and son Ronsel (Jason Mitchell). The setting is dull, hapless and brown as the mud of the land is as comforting as the poverty the residents live in.
Both Jamie and Ronsel join the military, with Jamie in the Air Force and Ronsel in the Army, and both serve in the war before returning home to the farm. Afterwards, the two form a unique bond over their experiences at war, but their friendship is not tolerated by Pappy or others in the community. It's just a symptom of the overall unhappiness of those on the farm, including Laura, who is in love with Jamie, and Henry as they operate the farm and Hap and Florence, who work tirelessly even though they know their lives are all about working their butts off for the white folk.
Florence Jackson: You’re the one that always talk about how owning our own parcel is the only way to get out from under their foot.
Hap Jackson: I don’t want you work for them.
Florence Jackson: I won’t be working for them. I be working for us.
Hap objects to wife Florence working for the McAllan family in these Mudbound movie quotes. But as Florence explains, she's not working for them, she's working for her family as they strive to one day own their own land.
Ronsel Jackson: Silence, oppression, fear. It would take an extraordinary man to beat all that.
Ronsel completely understands what it's like to be a black man in the South at this point in time and it's not fun whatsoever. As he notes in this Mudbound movie quote, it takes one extraordinary man to withstand the adversity.
Laura McAllan: Violence is part and parcel of country life. I learned how to stitch up a bleeding wound, load and fire a shotgun. My hands did these things, but I was never easy in my mind.
As she explains in this Mudbound movie quote, Laura understands and does what is needed in country life, but she doesn't necessarily agree with all of it. It can be dangerous, but that's just how it is.
Hap Jackson: They worked this land all their life. This land that never would be theirs. They work until they sweat it. They sweat it until they bleed. They bleed until they die. They die clawing at the heart.
Hap explains how those who work the fields do so hopelessly. While the workers bust their butts to try to progress themselves and their families, it's a fruitless effort.