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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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Won 1 Oscar. Another 8 wins & 13 nominations. See more awards »

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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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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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.


Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

In preparation for her role as Loretta Lynn, Sissy Spacek accompanied the singer on one of her tours in order to study her on/offstage mannerisms. See more »

Goofs

When Loretta and Doolittle are leaving the Ryman Auditorium after appearing on the Grand Ole Opry, they walk past the security cameras that weren't placed on the building until years later. See more »

Quotes

Loretta Lynn: [Doolittle buys Loretta a guitar] Doolittle, I can't play that thing!
Doolittle Lynn: Well, most people can't till they learn how, dammit!
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Connections

Referenced in What a Year: 1980 (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

You Ain't Woman Enough (To Take My Man)
Written by Loretta Lynn
Performed by Sissy Spacek
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Frequently Asked Questions

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User Reviews

 
Arguably the best Biopic ever made.
30 January 2005 | by GregSee all my reviews

There is no doubt in my mind that this film is one of the best biopics brought to the screen. From beginning to end, you are so fully immersed in the life of Loretta Lynn, that you forget you are watching Sissy Spacek, who hands down deservedly won the Oscar and 1980 was an excellent year for the Academy awards with stiff competition.

From the opening sequences, you get sucked right in. The life of Appalachia and the struggles of Loretta growing up. The devotion of Doolittle, Tommy Lee Jones best role, to make Loretta the star that she should be is selfless, despite some tempestuous struggles.

Beverly D'Angelo, who is underrated and versatile, portrays Patsy Cline with such bravado, it just clicks with the cast and the credibility of the audience. The fact that both her and Spacek sang on their own just enhances the credibility of the film.

In summary, a must see for anyone who is a fan of Loretta Lynn and for how a biography should be filmed.


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