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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.

Director:

Michael Apted

Writers:

Thomas Rickman (screenplay) (as Tom Rickman), Loretta Lynn (autobiography) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sissy Spacek ... Loretta Lynn
Tommy Lee Jones ... Doolittle Lynn
Levon Helm ... Ted Webb
Phyllis Boyens-Liptak Phyllis Boyens-Liptak ... 'Clary' Webb (as Phyllis Boyens)
Bill Anderson Jr. Bill Anderson Jr. ... Webb Child
Foister Dickerson Foister Dickerson ... Webb Child
Malla McCown Malla McCown ... Webb Child
Pamela McCown Pamela McCown ... Webb Child
Kevin Salvilla Kevin Salvilla ... Webb Child
William Sanderson ... Lee Dollarhide
Sissy Lucas Sissy Lucas ... Betty Sue Lynn
Pat Patterson Pat Patterson ... Jack Benny Lynn
Brian Warf Brian Warf ... Ernest Ray Lynn
Elizabeth Watson Elizabeth Watson ... Cissy Lynn
Beverly D'Angelo ... 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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PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 March 1980 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La hija del minero See more »

Filming Locations:

Norton, Virginia, USA See more »

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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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Company Credits

Production Co:

Universal Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Although Loretta Lynn handpicked Sissy Spacek to portray her on screen, the first director of the film was against the casting, feeling that Spacek didn't have enough of a resemblance to Lynn. Universal Pictures felt otherwise, bought out the director's contract and hired Michael Apted to direct. See more »

Goofs

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. See more »

Quotes

[the Webb children all receive new shoes, Loretta also receives a dress]
Webb child: Hey, how come she gets somethin' extry?
Ted Webb: Cause, your sister's become a young woman.
Webb child: Aww, she ain't no woman, she ain't nothin' but a dadburn kid.
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Walking The Floor Over You
Written and Sung by Ernest Tubb
Courtesy of MCA Records, Inc.
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an awesome tribute to a great lady
28 March 2004 | by MichaelOatesSee all my reviews

Tommy Lee Jones proves once again he is the best at what he does as Sissy Spacek shines in one of new favorite films. Based upon the true story of Loretta Lynn, "Coal Miner's Daughter" profiles one of the greatest country singers of all time.

Movies based on true stories are really hard to make since details must be mostly if not all accurate. "Coal Miner's Daughter" far succeeded this and what resulted was one of the best true stories ever brought to the big screen.

"Coal Miner's Daughter" is a film that should be treasured and be considered as a classic because this is as close to greatness as you will get. Telling the story of how a coal miner's daughter went from rags to riches with the help of her husband Mooney. There is so much to learn from watching "Coal Miner's Daughter" that goes beyond what is shown on film.

If I take one thing away from this film it would be this: no matter what comes your way, always follow your heart and pursue your dreams because they will always come true.

I was so proud to have seen this film because it was not only one of the best it was also an educational tool that I could implement in my life. I hope that everyone who reads this review will rent this film and get the same out of it as I did.


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