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For the Love of Dolly (2006)

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This documentary, filmed over the course of a year, focuses on the lives of five of Dolly Parton's biggest fans, why they love her, what drew them to her, and the lengths to which they go ... See full summary »

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This documentary, filmed over the course of a year, focuses on the lives of five of Dolly Parton's biggest fans, why they love her, what drew them to her, and the lengths to which they go to connect with her in person. It weaves their personal histories via interviews and home movies with footage from their pilgrimages to Dollywood. Ms. Parton makes several appearances throughout. Written by Duane Gordon

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Smart, entertaining and surprisingly poignant
3 August 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I got to see For The Love of Dolly at Outfest last month and really loved it. The film offers a super in-depth look at five of Dolly Parton's most enthusiastic and passionate fans. A developmentally disabled young man whose Dolly-obsession is positively inspiring; a pair of straight women who have bonded over their love of Dolly; and a gay couple whose house is packed to the rafters with Dollybilia.

What's most amazing about the film is that although we get the sense that these fans are practically over-the-top (like near-wacko) in their fanaticism, the filmmakers are so respectful of them that we as viewers are able to experience how meaningful their connection to Dolly really is, rather than just dismiss them as nuts. The fans are amazing in their vulnerability and how much they reveal of themselves, and the film ultimately conveys a real sense of dignity to what could have been just a humiliating showcase.

A really wonderful film, even for non-Dolly fans!


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