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Coal Miner's Daughter (1980)

Biographical story of Loretta Lynn, a legendary country singer that came from poverty to worldwide fame. She rose from humble beginnings in Kentucky to superstardom and changing the sound and style of country music forever.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Loretta Lynn
... Doolittle Lynn
... Ted Webb
Phyllis Boyens-Liptak ... 'Clary' Webb (as Phyllis Boyens)
Bill Anderson Jr. ... Webb Child
Foister Dickerson ... Webb Child
Malla McCown ... Webb Child
Pamela McCown ... Webb Child
Kevin Salvilla ... Webb Child
... Lee Dollarhide
Sissy Lucas ... Betty Sue Lynn
Pat Patterson ... Jack Benny Lynn
Brian Warf ... Ernest Ray Lynn
Elizabeth Watson ... Cissy Lynn
... Patsy Cline
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Storyline

At only thirteen years of age, Loretta Webb marries Doolittle Lynn and is soon responsible for a sizeable family. Loretta appears destined to a life of homemaking, but Doolittle recognises his wife's musical talent, and buys her a guitar as an anniversary present one year. At eighteen, the mother of four children and busy housewife still finds time to write and sing songs at small fairs and local honky-tonks. This gift sets Loretta Lynn on the gruelling, tumultuous path to superstardom and country music greatness. Written by Shannon Patrick Sullivan <shannon@mun.ca>

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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.


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7 March 1980 (USA)  »

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La hija del minero  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,366,443, 9 March 1980, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$67,182,787
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Trivia

Joe Don Baker, who bears a strong resemblance to the real Doolittle Lynn, was the producers' first choice to play him, but he was unable to accept the offer. See more »

Goofs

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. See more »

Quotes

Lee Dollarhide: [to Doolittle] If you're born in Kentucky, you've got three choices; coal mine, moonshine or move it on down the line.
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Connections

Referenced in Tiny Toon Adventures: How I Spent My Vacation (1992) See more »

Soundtracks

Sweet Dreams
Written by Don Gibson
Performed by Beverly D'Angelo
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Loretta Lynn's eventful life expertly brought to the big screen.
27 May 2002 | by See all my reviews

Loretta Lynn's life has been to say the least,interesting.A wife at 13, mother at 14,and walking a long path to her throne as the "Queen of Country Music".Triumphs and tragedies have virtually filled her life, and it was expertly brought to life in this film.Sissy Spacek gives a dead on performance as Lynn,right down to her voice,and even does her own singing for the film.This is without a doubt one of the best acting performances of a non fictional character I have ever seen,and let us not forget the Oscar worthy performance of Tommy Lee Jones as Doolittle Lynn,Loretta's husband.He is always excellent,but he was never better than he was here.This is an excellent true story of Loretta's long journey from the Kentucky backwoods to the Grand Ole Opry stage.A must see and must own movie.


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