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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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Won 1 Oscar. Another 8 wins & 13 nominations. See more awards »
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Cast

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Phyllis Boyens-Liptak ...
'Clary' Webb (as Phyllis Boyens)
Bill Anderson Jr. ...
Foister Dickerson ...
Webb Child
Malla McCown ...
Webb Child
Pamela McCown ...
Webb Child
Kevin Salvilla ...
Webb Child
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Pat Patterson ...
Brian Warf ...
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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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$3,366,443 (USA) (9 March 1980)

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$67,182,787 (USA)
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Did You Know?

Trivia

One of the few roles for which Meryl Streep has been turned down. See more »

Goofs

When Doo stops at a pawn shop to look for an anniversary present, there is a Yamaha guitar hanging on display. Yamaha guitars were not manufactured nor available in the US during this time period. See more »

Quotes

Loretta Lynn: [trying to practice the guitar but her sons keep interrupting] If you boys don't settle down on this porch, I'm gonna have to whup you!
Loretta & Mooney's child: That's right!
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Connections

Referenced in Kate & Allie: Kate Quits (1987) See more »

Soundtracks

Sweet Dreams
Written by Don Gibson
Performed by Beverly D'Angelo
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Arguably the best Biopic ever made.
30 January 2005 | by (CT) – See all my reviews

There is no doubt in my mind that this film is one of the best biopics brought to the screen. From beginning to end, you are so fully immersed in the life of Loretta Lynn, that you forget you are watching Sissy Spacek, who hands down deservedly won the Oscar and 1980 was an excellent year for the Academy awards with stiff competition.

From the opening sequences, you get sucked right in. The life of Appalachia and the struggles of Loretta growing up. The devotion of Doolittle, Tommy Lee Jones best role, to make Loretta the star that she should be is selfless, despite some tempestuous struggles.

Beverly D'Angelo, who is underrated and versatile, portrays Patsy Cline with such bravado, it just clicks with the cast and the credibility of the audience. The fact that both her and Spacek sang on their own just enhances the credibility of the film.

In summary, a must see for anyone who is a fan of Loretta Lynn and for how a biography should be filmed.


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