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Mudbound Movie Quotes

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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.

Mudbound was just one of several winter 2017-18 movies that earned critical acclaim just like others such as Battle of the Sexes, Roman J. Israel, Esq., Phantom Thread, and Darkest Hour.

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    Maybe Henry is Too Thick to Notice

    Laura McAllan: Jamie saw in a different way and when his eyes were on me I felt like I was no longer invisible.
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    Pappy McAllan: I’ve seen you sniffing after him. Maybe Henry is too thick to notice, but I ain’t.
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    Jamie McAllan: You better open your eyes, big brother. You’re so busy worrying about yourself and your farm you can’t even see your own wife is miserable.

    The McAllan family is in turmoil, specifically in a love triangle between Laura, her husband, Henry, and Henry's brother, Jamie. Family patriarch Pappy is intolerant of this nonsense, among other things.

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    You Betray Your Own Blood

    Pappy McAllan: You betray your own blood!

    Pappy is not happy when he sees Jamie and Ronsel in the same truck in this Mudbound movie quote. To Pappy, being friendly with a Black man is the same as betraying your own blood.

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    They Say It Stops Eventually

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    Rose Tricklebank: How long have you been back from oversees?
    Jamie McAllan: Oh, just a couple of weeks... Much obliged, Miss Tricklebank, you have yourself a wonderful day.
    Rose Tricklebank: Take care
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    Ronsel Jackson: It’s alright, it’s just a car. It must have backfired... They say it stops eventually.

    After Jamie returns home after serving in combat in the Air Force, his PTSD is triggered when a car backfires in the street to cause a loud noise. As a result of that incident, a unique bond is formed between Jamie and Ronsel in these Mudbound movie quotes.

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    I Dreamed in Brown

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    Laura McAllan: When I think of the farm I think of mud and crusted knees and hair. I dreamed in brown.

    Laura describes what she knows as normal life on the farm in these Mudbound movie quotes. The title Mudbound isn't just there for show, it describes their lives on the farm.

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