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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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Phyllis Boyens-Liptak ...
'Clary' Webb (as Phyllis Boyens)
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Foister Dickerson ...
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Malla McCown ...
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Pamela McCown ...
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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)  »

Also Known As:

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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Coal Miner's Daughter (1980) was the seventh most popular movie at the U.S. and Canadian box-offices. See more »

Goofs

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. See more »

Quotes

Loretta Lynn: I'm gettin' so sick of baloney.
Doolittle Lynn: You are? Well, you know what they say about eatin' baloney, don't you?
Loretta Lynn: No, what?
Doolittle Lynn: Makes you horny.
Loretta Lynn: What does that mean?
Doolittle Lynn: [starts laughing] Are you so dadburn ignorant, you don't know what "horny" means?
Loretta Lynn: No, what does it mean?
Doolittle Lynn: I ain't gonna tell you.
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Connections

Referenced in Sordid Lives (2000) See more »

Soundtracks

It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels
Written by J.D. Miller (aka as Joseph D. 'Jay' Miller)
Sung by Kitty Wells
Courtesy of MCA Records, Inc.
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20 January 2002 | by See all my reviews

Coal Miner's Daughter spans the decades from 1948 Kentucky to the 1970's, when Loretta Lynn had a nervous breakdown and collapsed on stage. First off, the scenes in rural Kentucky are very familiar to anyone who grew up in the mountains at that time. My own grandmother had seven brothers and sisters, lived in a cabin, and married at age 15. So I've heard the stories of her growing up, and it's VERY close to what is depicted in this film. The Butcher Holler scenes are so realistic, they make you feel like you're right there. It wasn't like the Waltons, folks. This shows how it really was back then. I will always love Loretta for her honesty and I'm sure that many women can relate to her wedding night innocence. In fact she didn't know where the babies were coming from until the first four were born. By that time she was 18 years old. It was only after Loretta's father died in 1959 that she started singing in honky tonk bars. For anybody who loved the book as much as I did, I wish they would have shown how Loretta's career affected her children. By the time her twins were born she was on the road so much that she simply didn't have time to be an attentive mother. Success didn't bring lasting happiness. Loretta's busy career caused stress which led to her pill addiction and breakdown. The scenes of Nashville in the 1960's are very accurate and Loretta's friendship with Patsy Cline is fun to watch. Patsy was like a big sister and a mother figure to Loretta. She was brilliantly depicted by Beverly D' Angelo. Sissy Spacek became Loretta Lynn for this film and seeing is believing. She was very convincing as a 13-year-old. What an amazing performance. Tommy Lee Jones redeems the character of Doo for his bad behavior and in the end he is a supportive father and husband. Loretta's parents are portrayed very accurately by Levon Helm and Phyllis Boyens. I especially liked the mother's "squaw dance". Coal Miner's Daughter is a masterpiece as a song, a book, and especially a movie.


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