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Coal Miner's Daughter -- Coal Miner’s Daughter, starring Sissy Spacek and Tommy Lee Jones, is the remarkable true story of country music star Loretta Lynn and her triumph in making a name for herself.

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Director:
Writers:
Thomas Rickman (screenplay)
Loretta Lynn (autobiography) ...
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Release Date:
7 March 1980 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
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 9 wins & 14 nominations See more »
NewsDesk:
(100 articles)
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Arguably the best Biopic ever made. See more (77 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:
In preparation for her role as Loretta Lynn, Sissy Spacek accompanied the singer on one of her tours in order to study her on/offstage mannerisms.See more »
Goofs:
Crew or equipment visible: When "Doo" is taking Loretta's picture in their home he is using a pot lid to reflect light from a floor lamp. On several occasions both the camera and crew are visible in the reflection of the pot lid.See more »
Quotes:
[the morning after the wedding night]
Loretta:This food's cold.
Doolittle:That's 'cause it froze on the way over here from the damn restaurant. You want a hot breakfast, you got to come with me.
Loretta:You think I'm going over there with you and all them folks knowin' what we been doin' in here?
Doolittle:Hell's Bells, Loretta. You think this is somethin' the rest of the world ain't caught onto yet? They don't give a damn.
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Soundtrack:
I'm a Honky Tonk GirlSee more »

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36 out of 39 people found the following review useful.
Arguably the best Biopic ever made., 30 January 2005
Author: Greg from CT

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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