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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-Liptak ...
'Clary' Webb (as Phyllis Boyens)
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 concert scenes were filmed in Nashville's Ryman Auditorium. See more »

Goofs

When Loretta is singing "There He Goes" with The Westerners, not only are the bass player's hands not moving, but he is portrayed playing an upright, or "double" bass. The sound being made, however, is clearly from a bass guitar, not an upright bass. See more »

Quotes

Ted Webb: I ain't ever gonna see you again.
Loretta Lynn: Yes you will, daddy.
Ted Webb: Maybe, but I ain't never gonna see my little girl again.
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Connections

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

Soundtracks

Blue Moon of Kentucky
Written by Bill Monroe
Performed by Levon Helm
Courtesy of MCA Records, Inc.
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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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