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)  »

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La hija del minero  »

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$79,900,000 (USA)
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Trivia

Beverly D'Angelo and Sissy Spacek did all their own singing. Director Michael Apted also wanted Spacek to sing all of the songs live, feeling he could capture the realism in all of the performing scenes. See more »

Goofs

During the early Loretta Lynn Grand Ole Opry appearances, drums are readily seen and heard. Full drum kits were not allowed at the Opry until 1974 while these scenes in real life happened in the early-'60s, Lynn's first appearance being in 1962. The only exception to the no-drum-kit rule at the Opry prior to 1974 was for Bob Wills and his Texas Playboys in 1944. See more »

Quotes

Loretta Lynn: [after hearing of Patsy's death] She can't be dead, Doo! We're goin' shopping! Who am I gonna talk to now?
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Connections

Referenced in Cannonball Fever (1989) See more »

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You're Lookin' at Country
Written by Loretta Lynn
Performed by Sissy Spacek
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an awesome tribute to a great lady
28 March 2004 | by See all my reviews

Tommy Lee Jones proves once again he is the best at what he does as Sissy Spacek shines in one of new favorite films. Based upon the true story of Loretta Lynn, "Coal Miner's Daughter" profiles one of the greatest country singers of all time.

Movies based on true stories are really hard to make since details must be mostly if not all accurate. "Coal Miner's Daughter" far succeeded this and what resulted was one of the best true stories ever brought to the big screen.

"Coal Miner's Daughter" is a film that should be treasured and be considered as a classic because this is as close to greatness as you will get. Telling the story of how a coal miner's daughter went from rags to riches with the help of her husband Mooney. There is so much to learn from watching "Coal Miner's Daughter" that goes beyond what is shown on film.

If I take one thing away from this film it would be this: no matter what comes your way, always follow your heart and pursue your dreams because they will always come true.

I was so proud to have seen this film because it was not only one of the best it was also an educational tool that I could implement in my life. I hope that everyone who reads this review will rent this film and get the same out of it as I did.


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