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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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Pamela K. Long
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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 ... 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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Release Date:

10 December 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Coat of Many Colors See more »

Filming Locations:

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 »


Angel Hill
Written by Dolly Parton
Performed by Alyvia Alyn Lind and Dolly Parton
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Values on TV!
25 December 2015 | by sindiana-28257See all my reviews

I watched this movie on a whim, without any foreknowledge of it, and was pleasantly surprised.

Too often, producers search for universal appeal by eschewing universal truths. This film is a very rare exception. Not only does it target the Christian viewer, but it does so with a fairly good narrative, which centers on family, love, and the power of redemption.

The acting is good, and the beautiful Appalachian scenery and talented singing are both notable.

There are references to the Bible, as well as one to Lucy Maud Montgomery (the writer of "Anne of Green Gables"). I can't tell you how refreshing it is to see open appeals to faith on TV.

By contrast, I recently saw an animated Christmas special which was blatantly ashamed of Christmas, but somehow still misappropriated the word in its title. "Coat" is not properly a Christmas special, as it does not specifically revolve around that day, but, if anything, this helps prevent it from falling into clichés.

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