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Coal Miner's Daughter (1980)

Biographical story of Loretta Lynn, a legendary country singer that came from poverty to worldwide fame. She rose from humble beginnings in Kentucky to superstardom and changing the sound and style of country music forever.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Doolittle Lynn
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Ted Webb
Phyllis Boyens ...
'Clary' Webb
Bill Anderson Jr. ...
Webb Child
Foister Dickerson ...
Webb Child
Malla McCown ...
Webb Child
Pamela McCown ...
Webb Child
Kevin Salvilla ...
Webb Child
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Lee Dollarhide
Sissy Lucas ...
Betty Sue Lynn
Pat Patterson ...
Jack Benny Lynn
Brian Warf ...
Ernest Ray Lynn
Elizabeth Watson ...
Cissy Lynn
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Storyline

At only thirteen years of age, Loretta Webb marries Doolittle Lynn and is soon responsible for a sizeable family. Loretta appears destined to a life of homemaking, but Doolittle recognises his wife's musical talent, and buys her a guitar as an anniversary present one year. At eighteen, the mother of four children and busy housewife still finds time to write and sing songs at small fairs and local honky-tonks. This gift sets Loretta Lynn on the gruelling, tumultuous path to superstardom and country music greatness. Written by Shannon Patrick Sullivan <shannon@mun.ca>

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She was married at 13. She had four kids by the time she was 20. She's been hungry and poor. She's been loved and cheated on. She became a singer because it was the only thing she could do. She became a star because it was the only way she could do it.


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7 March 1980 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La hija del minero  »

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$79,900,000 (USA)
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Trivia

The first part of the film was shot fairly close to where the story actually took place, in the mountains at the convergence of Kentucky, West Virginia, and Virginia. See more »

Goofs

When Patsy brings out a box of her old maternity clothes to share with Loretta, a tag can be seen on the sleeve of a blouse. (Most likely the garment was purchased at a thrift store and the tag hadn't been removed for the film shoot.) See more »

Quotes

Loretta Lynn: [to Doolittle] An' stoppa that growlin'. You sound like a big ol' bar.
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Connections

Referenced in Fade to Black (1980) See more »

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Back in Baby's Arms
Written by Bob Montgomery
Performed by Beverly D'Angelo
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Excellent Performances Touch Every High Note.
13 August 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The true-life story of Loretta Lynn (dominant Oscar-winner Sissy Spacek) from her youth where she married at the tender age of 13 all the way to country music stardom. Along for the ride is her husband (Tommy Lee Jones' first legitimate role), an amazingly complex individual who has anger management and jealousy issues. Beverly D'Angelo (in arguably her finest career performance) is also a solid scene-stealer playing doomed singer Patsy Cline. Spacek and D'Angelo actually did all the singing themselves and that just elevates an already high level of performances. The direction by Michael Apted is adequate and so is the Oscar-nominated adaptation, but the excellent work by the three leads makes "Coal Miner's Daughter" one of the finest pictures of the early-1980s. 4.5 out of 5 stars.


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