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Writers:
Thomas Rickman (screenplay)
Loretta Lynn (autobiography) ...
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Release Date:
7 March 1980 (USA) See more »
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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.
Plot:
Biography of Loretta Lynn, a country and western singer that came from poverty to fame. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
Won Oscar. Another 8 wins & 13 nominations See more »
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Biopic of Loretta Lynn Just Gets Better with Age! See more (75 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Sissy Spacek ... Loretta Lynn

Tommy Lee Jones ... Doolittle Lynn

Levon Helm ... 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

William Sanderson ... Lee Dollarhide
Sissy Lucas ... Betty Sue Lynn
Pat Patterson ... Jack Benny Lynn
Brian Warf ... Ernest Ray Lynn
Elizabeth Watson ... Cissy Lynn

Beverly D'Angelo ... Patsy Cline
Bob Elkins ... Bobby Day (as Robert Elkins)
Bob Hannah ... Charlie Dick
Ernest Tubb ... Ernest Tubb
Jennifer Beasley ... Patsy Lynn
Jessica Beasley ... Peggy Lynn
Susan Kingsley ... Girl at Fairgrounds
Michael Baish ... Storekeeper

David Gray ... Doc Turner
Royce Clark ... Hugh Cherry
Gary Parker ... Radio Station Manager
Billy Strange ... Speedy West
Bruce Newman ... Opry Stage Manager
Grant Turner ... Opry Announcer
Frank Mitchell ... Washington Neighbor
Merle Kilgore ... Cowboy at Tootsie's
Jackie Lynn Wright ... Redhead at Tootsie's
Rhonda Rhoton ... Lizzie
Vernon Oxford ... Preacher
Ron Hensley ... John Penn
Doug Bledsoe ... Cowboy at Grange Hall
Aubrey Wells ... Red Lynn
Russell Varner ... Bidder at Pie Auction
Tommie O'Donnell ... Teacher at Pie Auction
Lou Headley ... Teacher at Pie Auction
Ruby Caudill ... Teacher at Pie Auction
Charles Kahlenberg ... Business Manager
Alice McGeachy ... Woman with Doll
Ken Riley ... Road Manager
Jim Webb ... Bus Driver
Dave Thornhill ... The Coal Miner's Band
Don Ballinger ... The Coal Miner's Band
Zeke Dawson ... The Coal Miner's Band
Gene Dunlap ... The Coal Miner's Band
Durwood Edwards ... The Coal Miner's Band
Chuck Flynn ... The Coal Miner's Band
Lonnie Godfrey ... The Coal Miner's Band
Bob Hempker ... The Coal Miner's Band
Danny Faircloth ... The Patsy Cline Band
Charles Gore ... The Patsy Cline Band
Doug Hauseman ... The Patsy Cline Band
Mike Noble ... The Patsy Cline Band
Daniel Sarenana ... The Patsy Cline Band
Billy West ... The Patsy Cline Band
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Roy Acuff ... Roy Acuff (uncredited)
Brad Baker ... Miner (uncredited)
Allison Caine ... Additional Voices (voice) (uncredited)

Minnie Pearl ... Minnie Pearl (uncredited)
Jimmy Yates ... Janitor (uncredited)
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Directed by
Michael Apted 
 
Writing credits
Thomas Rickman (screenplay) (as Tom Rickman)

Loretta Lynn (autobiography) and
George Vecsey (autobiography)

Produced by
Zelda Barron .... associate producer
Bob Larson .... executive producer (as Bob Larson)
Bernard Schwartz .... producer
 
Cinematography by
Ralf D. Bode (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Arthur Schmidt 
 
Casting by
Michael Chinich 
 
Production Design by
John W. Corso 
 
Set Decoration by
John M. Dwyer 
 
Costume Design by
Joe I. Tompkins 
 
Makeup Department
Albert Jeyte .... assistant makeup artist
Mark Reedall .... makeup artist
Lorraine Roberson .... hair stylist
Martin Samuel .... assistant hair stylist (as Martin Samuels)
 
Production Management
Wallace Worsley Jr. .... production manager (as Wallace Worsley)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Katy Emde .... second assistant director
Dan Kolsrud .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
Sam Adams .... construction crew
Al Bilof .... swing gang
Dimitri Bulgarcic .... construction crew (as Dimitri Bugarcic)
Jim Callan .... construction crew (as James Callan)
Terry Feller .... construction crew
Kirk D. Hansen .... construction crew (as Kirk Hansen)
Andy Hawkes .... construction crew
Ray LaPorte .... painter
Richard Leon .... assistant propmaster
Louis M. Mann .... set designer (as Lou Mann)
Jon Marsala .... construction crew (as John Marsala)
Frank Mitchell .... greensman
Bob Nohles .... construction coordinator
Andy Pedroza .... construction crew
Victor E. Petrotta Sr. .... property master (as Victor Petrotta)
H. John Ramos .... assistant propmaster
Bion Roberts .... construction crew
Joseph R. Savko .... swing gang (as Joe Savko)
Jack Smith .... construction crew
Barton M. Susman .... leadman (as Bart Susman)
Marty Urner .... construction crew
Greg Villalva .... construction crew
Ken White .... construction crew
Peg McClellan .... illustrator (uncredited)
Robert Misetich .... painter (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
John Agalsoff Jr. .... playback (as John Agalsoff)
James R. Alexander .... sound (as Jim Alexander)
Lon Bender .... sound editor (as Lon E. Bender)
Gordon Ecker .... supervising sound editor (as Gordon Ecker Jr.)
Alsie L. Florence .... sound recordist (as Alsie Florence)
Roger Heman Jr. .... sound re-recordist (as Roger Heman)
Joseph Holsen .... sound editor
Andrew London .... sound editor
John McDonald .... boom operator
Richard Portman .... sound re-recordist
John Roesch .... foley artist (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Tom Del Genio .... special effects (as Tom Delgenio)
Floyd Van Wey .... special effects
 
Stunts
Mags Kavanaugh .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Mark Abbott .... electrician
William Birch .... camera operator: second unit
Timothy Brennan .... second grip (as Tim Brennan)
Roy Collodi .... camera assistant
John T. Dustin .... camera operator: second unit (as John Dustin)
Mike Heath .... grip
Marc Hirschfeld .... camera assistant (as Marc Hirshfield)
David Jarrell .... best boy
Harry Jukes .... generator operator
Ray Kinzer .... key grip
George Kohut .... camera assistant
Ann Lukacs .... camera assistant
Tim Morton .... second unit gaffer
Alberto S. Ramos .... dolly grip (as Albert Ramos)
Don Smetzer .... still photographer
Mark Stanley .... grip
Michael Stone .... camera operator (as Mike Stone)
Ted Varnadoe .... electrician
Melinda Wickman .... still photographer
Robert Woodside .... gaffer (as Bob Woodside)
 
Casting Department
Sandra Dawes .... casting assistant (as Sandy Dawes)
Jo Doster .... casting associate
Olivia Maggard .... casting assistant
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Lucille Clark .... costumer: women
Michele Dittrick .... costumer: women (as Michelle Dittrich)
Barry Downing .... costumer: men
Hugo Peña .... set costumer (as Hugo Pena)
Ervin W. Rose .... costume supervisor (as E.W. Rose)
Pamela Wise .... costume supervisor (as Pam Wise)
 
Editorial Department
Tom Finan .... assistant film editor
Brent Eldridge .... digital color correction (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Owen Bradley .... music supervisor
George Brand .... music editor
The Jordanaires .... backing vocals
Joe Mills .... music engineer: Bradley's Barn
 
Transportation Department
Richard Austin .... transportation captain (as Dick Austin)
Bill Bilyeu .... driver
Jim Burris .... driver
Bill Essenpreis .... driver
Jim Johnson .... driver
Calvin Masoner .... driver (as Cal Masoner)
Eugene Schwartz .... transportation captain (as Gene Schwartz)
Mike Robinson .... driver: cast (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Nick Chiarolanzio .... location auditor
Sue Dwiggins .... production associate
Bob Forrest .... script supervisor
Russ Harling .... production assistant
Jim Jones .... wrangler
Bob McPherson .... craft service
George Osaki .... title designer
Brad Siniard .... paramedic
David Skepner .... technical advisor
Barney Thebiay .... projectionist
Arthur Wilde .... publicist
Danny Young .... timekeeper
 
Thanks
Bud Armes .... thanks
Vince Bohannon .... thanks
Charles R. Campbell .... thanks
Delmar Kincer .... thanks
Kent Rigg .... thanks
Johnny Rosen .... thanks
Sally Webb .... thanks
 

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124 min
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Doolitte Lynn's real name is Oliver. He picked up the nicknames Doolittle as a boy and Mooney as a young man working for moonshiners in Kentucky before entering the army in WW II.See more »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: When Loretta comes home from her tour, her husband reveals a car their son Jack Benny had wrecked. It is a 1971 or 1972 Ford. The time is actually about 1969. The song "Coal Miner's Daughter" was released in 1970.See more »
Quotes:
Loretta Lynn:[in a radio interview] Shoot, we've been driving so much, I don't know where I am half the time. But it's fun. We sing, and talk, and Doo - that's my husband - he'll get to acting horny.
Speedy West:[shocked] What!
Loretta Lynn:And the more I laugh, the hornier he gets, and then he'll say, "Loretta, spread me up another one of them baloney sandwiches!"
Radio station manager:[later] I don't know where in the hell you think you are, lady, but that kind of smut don't go in this part of the country!
Loretta Lynn:I didn't know it was dirty! I thought "horny" meant cuttin' up and acting silly!
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13 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
Biopic of Loretta Lynn Just Gets Better with Age!, 24 October 2005
Author: Ben Burgraff (cariart) from Las Vegas, Nevada

To me, the success of a film biography isn't whether fans of the personality will watch the movie; they will, whether it is any good, or not...the true measure of success is how the film captures an audience who DON'T know the person, and wins their hearts.

"Coal Miner's Daughter" does this, better than nearly any other 'biopic', and the film is as passionate and wonderful today as it was in 1980.

There are several reasons for the film's 'staying' power; first, British director Michael Apted, making his first American feature, brought an unbiased eye to the lifestyle of poor but proud rural America. Eschewing the clichés of the "Smokey and the Bandit" and "Dukes of Hazzards" stereotypes, he cast many 'locals' in the film, and attempted to recreate, as realistically as possible, the world Loretta Webb/Lynn knew so well.

Second, the film boasts not one or two, but three powerhouse supporting performances. Tommy Lee Jones, who Apted picked over Harrison Ford, is a revelation as Doolittle 'Mooney' Lynn. With only a handful of credits when the film was released, he demonstrated the dazzling combination of humor and sensitivity that would eventually win him a place as one of our finest actors. Levon Helm, making his dramatic debut as Loretta's father, Ted, is even more impressive. Low-key, but irresistible, he offers so much love and power in his portrayal that it's easy to see why he would remain influential to his superstar daughter, long after his passing. In a brief but sparkling portrayal, Beverly D'Angelo channels Patsy Cline to perfection (I may be alone in my opinion, but I prefer her portrayal over Jessica Lange's, in "Sweet Dreams"). With earthy charm and worldliness, she would change Loretta's image from 'cowgirl' to 'royalty', and her shocking, early death would shatter Loretta, much as it did for everyone who loved her.

Of course, without a strong, charismatic performance in the lead, nothing else would matter, and Sissy Spacek is nothing less than spectacular! Handpicked by Loretta Lynn, herself, from a photograph (Spacek would admit that she felt 'wrong' for the role, and uncomfortable about Lynn proclaiming the actress as "her" choice on national TV, but as she was preparing to turn it down, "Coal Miner's Daughter" came on a 'classical' radio station she was listening to, and she suddenly knew she was 'meant' to play the part!) Contrary to popular opinion, she had to learn Lynn's Southern accent, and spent grueling weeks learning how to sing her signature tunes (including a week with Loretta, herself). The end results are stunning! Despite only a passing resemblance, Spacek so totally captured the talent, vulnerability, feistiness, and strength of Loretta Lynn that she won the 1980 'Best Actress' Oscar (over Gena Rowlands, Ellen Burstyn, Goldie Hawn, and Mary Tyler Moore), and is still identified with the role, today.

I knew little of Country Music in 1980, and even less about Loretta Lynn, but the film captured my heart...and after 25 years, it still moves me! "Coal Miner's Daughter" IS a CLASSIC!

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