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Dolly Parton's Coat of Many Colors (2015)

Based on the inspiring true story of living legend Dolly Parton's remarkable upbringing, this once-in-a-lifetime movie special takes us inside the tight-knit Parton family as they struggle ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Alyvia Alyn Lind ... Dolly Parton
Jennifer Nettles ... Avie Lee Parton
Ricky Schroder ... Robert Lee Parton
Gerald McRaney ... Rev. Jake Owens
Carson Meyer ... Willadeene Parton
Hannah Nordberg ... Judy Ogle
Mary Lane Haskell Mary Lane Haskell ... Miss Moody
Stella Parton ... Corla Bass
Parker Sack ... David Parton
Dylan Michael Rowen ... Denver Parton (as Dylan Rowen)
Farrah Mackenzie ... Stella Parton
Blane Crockarell ... Bobby Parton
Forrest Deal ... Rudy Sanders
Kennedy Brice ... Gloria Sanders
Jane McNeill ... Aunt Estelle


Based on the inspiring true story of living legend Dolly Parton's remarkable upbringing, this once-in-a-lifetime movie special takes us inside the tight-knit Parton family as they struggle to overcome devastating tragedy and discover the healing power of love, faith and a raggedy patchwork coat that helped make Dolly who she is today. Over the years, many have attempted to bring this story to life, and now, finally, fans across America can experience the heartwarming tale of a courageous nine-year-old girl from Tennessee and the loving family that taught her the power of inner strength. Written by NBC Television

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Dolly's true story about the simple gift that changed her life forever. See more »


Drama | Family



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10 December 2015 (USA) See more »

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Covington, Georgia, USA See more »

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16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


The only real Parton family member in the movie, Stella Mae Parton obviously was unable to portray herself as a child, so was instead portrayed by actress Farrah MacKenzie, while Stella was cast as Carla Bass. See more »


If Lynd was only very young in 2015, then she could not have possibly acted on the Young and Restless in 1973. See more »


Referenced in The 89th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade (2015) See more »


Coat of Many Colors
Written by Dolly Parton
Performed by Dolly Parton
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Mawkish is putting it mildly
10 December 2015 | by Deep-ThoughtSee all my reviews

"Coat Of Many Colors" takes us back to Dolly Parton's girlhood. Dolly is played by the cute-as-a-button Alyvia Alyn Lind, who obviously had parents in the grip of the current vogue of thinking they're being creative by deliberately misspelling their kids' names. We see Dolly at a time in life before she habitually wore wigs and before she developed her spectacular female endowments, when she had only a pretty face, a pretty voice, and spunk. I hate spunk. This TV movie is an example of why: It presents a treacly, sanitized, Life-Saver-colored version of life amidst the fields and valleys of Locust Ridge, Tennessee, when all the family had was love, t'baccy, music, and the Bahble. Jennifer Nettles plays Dolly's mother, a woman whose youth and beauty are ridiculous to behold, seemingly untouched as they are by the Parton family's hardscrabble existence and eight children. In voice-over, the adult Dolly – who is nothing if not a savvy, pragmatic businesswoman – professes a simple-minded faith in a loving Jesus that a lot of people are likely to find more insipid than inspiring. She attributes that faith to her mother's influence; but the glaring inconsistency is that her mother's faith didn't prevent her from languishing in a protracted state of despondency after the stillbirth of a child. It also begs credulity to think that a 15-second admonition from her husband that her family needs her could just snap Mom out of it.

Rick Schroeder puts in a dutiful performance as Dolly's father Lee; Schroeder goes through the film with an expression that strongly suggests that what he's thinking is, "Well, it's a living." Singer Jennifer Nettles hasn't acted much, but she does a serviceable job here. Aside from Dolly herself, the other characters are of necessity mere sketches.

Dolly Parton is one of the greats of American country music, but this movie is about as convincing as Cinderella. Someone really needed to drill a hole in it and let the sap out.

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