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Big Dreams & Broken Hearts: The Dottie West Story (1995)

The autobiographical story of the life of country music legend Dottie West.


Nominated for 2 Primetime Emmys. See more awards »


Cast overview, first billed only:
Dottie West
Chet Atkins
Byron Metcalf
Larry Gatlin
Bill West
Lisa Akey ...
Shelly West
Al Winters
Tony Higgins ...
Young Kris
J. Don Ferguson ...
Wendy Blevins
Mrs. Marsh


Dottie West fought a difficult childhood to rise as one of country music's icons winning the first ever Grammy for Best Female Country Vocal Performance in 1965. She pushed the boundaries of country music and befriended some of their greatest musical artistes. Poor management besieged her with financial problems and she was on her way to fighting them through when she was tragically killed. Written by mahajanssen

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Biography | Drama | Music





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22 January 1995 (USA)  »

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Dottie receives a telegram notifying her of her father's death in approximately 1980. Both of Dottie's parents died prior to 1970. See more »

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What a waste? No, what a contribution!
25 January 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Without mentioning Dottie West's Raw talent and how her personal emotions came through each and every note, I found the movie to be thought provoking, intense at times and very moving - so much so to write this.

What I would like to know is the reason Kenny Rogers did not attend her funeral AND if he did attend a more private one or his own "recognition/acknowledgment", why was there no reference to that in the movie. I would think after all the years of working together and building a friendship, there would have been more of a "connection" there.

Also, (nothing to do with the movie. Dottie west had many friends in the "business" Loretta Lynn, Kenny Rogers, Dolly Parton, Patsy Cline (although deceased at the time) etc. To the average person 2 million dollars is astronomical, however to celebrities (especially a few of them), that's not only a tax write off, but change in the pocket. I don't understand why a few "friends" couldn't get together to donate/contribute/give etc. Dottie west what was needed or even have a benefit concert in her favor which would have helped considerably???

Michelle Lee did an amazing job and as far as the director, very believable! Jason J. (www.jasonj.biz)

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