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Coal Miner's Daughter (1980) Poster

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Errors in geography 

Final credits clearly state: "Filmed entirely on location in Kentucky and Tennessee." The IMDb locations page adds Virginia, but not Washington state where several outdoor scenes were set. "Entirely" is an overstatement here.
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Anachronisms 

The doctor Loretta visits comments that he hasn't seen her since he vaccinated the kids in the family for the measles. The first measles vaccine wasn't licensed for use until 1963, long after the time of her visit to the doctor.
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When Loretta and Mooney are driving through town, it is supposed to be 1948. When they round the corner, a 1979 Dodge Omni is parked on the street, facing the opposite direction.
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When Doo and Loretta are driving to radio stations, the centerline in the road is yellow. For that time period, they should be white.
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Early on in the film, railroad cars (coal hoppers) are shown. They have Southern Railway markings. In reality the Southern Railway did not operate in eastern KY at that time. They should have had Chesapeake & Ohio markings.
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When Loretta makes her first appearance on the Grand Ole Opry, 1960, a "period mike" was not used. The microphone used in that scene wasn't manufactured until years later.
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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.
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When Loretta and Mooney stop to buy baloney, a candy display next to the cash register contains 1980s candy packages.
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When Loretta is promoting a single at a record store in Nashville in the early 1960s, a Chevy Monte Carlo, about a 1978 or 1979 model, is visible in the background. Late model cars are also seen at other points during the movie.
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When Patsy brings out a box of her old maternity clothes to share with Loretta, a tag can be seen on the sleeve of a blouse. (Most likely the garment was purchased at a thrift store and the tag hadn't been removed for the film shoot.)
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During the first recording session, the heads on the drum set are clear Remo Pinstripe. They were not available until 1973.
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At the start of the movie one of the coal miners uses the phrase "in a new york minute". That phase wasn't used till at least 1954.
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When Loretta and Patsy return to the parking lot after shopping, and after they drive off leaving Mooney behind, as he is walking through the lot you can see a 1965 Pontiac Tempest among the cars parked. Patsy died in 1963.
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Monney's Jeep is a CJ-3A first produced in 1949. but it is supposed to be 1948 in the movie.
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The modern "Ludwig" logo on her drummer's bass drum did not appear until many years later. Levon Helm, who played Loretta's father, might have noticed this, since he was the drummer for The Band, a successful rock group of the '60's and 70's, but he was not on set during the filming of Loretta's successful country music singing career
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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.
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Audio/visual unsynchronised 

When Loretta learns of Patsy Cline's death, when she's hugging Mooney and says her line "Who am I going to talk to now?", her lips don't move.
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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.
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Boom mic visible 

The boom mic is visible when teenager Loretta is talking to her mother in the living room.
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Continuity 

When Doolittle is taking Loretta's photo to send to radio stations, her dress isn't completely on her, yet the photo being sent to the radio stations shows her dress completely on her.
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When Loretta and Doolittle are leaving the Ryman Auditorium after appearing on the Grand Ole Opry, they walk past the security cameras that weren't placed on the building until years later.
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When Doo and Loretta are in the radio station, after the disc jockey said he had listened to the record, it shows Loretta picking up the envelope and handing it to Doo. He lifts the flap, the scene goes to the disc jockey and in the next scene it pans back to Doo opening the flap again, only this time it's licked and sealed with the metal clasp.
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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.
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Factual errors 

Prior to her first appearance at the Grand Ole Opry, Loretta is listening to Patsy Cline singing "Crazy", then after her debut she is summoned to Patsy's hospital room where she is told Patsy was injured in a automobile accident. In reality, Patsy recorded "Crazy" a few weeks *after* her accident. In an NPR interview in 2000 one of the studio musicians present that day remarked that Patsy had difficulty hitting the high notes in "Crazy" because she was still sore from her accident.
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Loretta Lynn is being introduced in a scene as having 21 Number 1 records. Yet, Lynn only had 16 No. 1 records, according to her biography.
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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.
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Loretta tells Patsy Cline that she's pregnant. A few days later Patsy is killed in a plane crash. Patsy Cline died in March 1963, and Loretta's twins were born in August 1964 - a span of 17 months.
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When Mooney takes the picture he does not pull the dark slide on the film holder in the camera so the film was not exposed.
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Revealing mistakes 

Loretta's father is shown in an open casket at his funeral. If we look closely he can be seen breathing.
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