Coal Miner's Daughter

Coal Miner's Daughter

5.0 7
Director: Michael Apted

Cast: Michael Apted, Sissy Spacek, Tommy Lee Jones, Beverly D'Angelo

     
 

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Loretta Lynn was one of the first female superstars in country music and remains a defining presence within the genre; with her strong, clear, hard-country voice and tough, no-nonsense songs about husbands who cheat and wives who weren't about to be pushed around, Lynn introduced a feminist mindset to Nashville years before the phrase "women's liberation" became… See more details below

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Overview

Loretta Lynn was one of the first female superstars in country music and remains a defining presence within the genre; with her strong, clear, hard-country voice and tough, no-nonsense songs about husbands who cheat and wives who weren't about to be pushed around, Lynn introduced a feminist mindset to Nashville years before the phrase "women's liberation" became common currency. Coal Miner's Daughter is a screen adaptation of Lynn's autobiography, starring Sissy Spacek as Loretta Lynn. One of eight children born to Ted Webb (Levon Helm), a coal miner raising a family despite grinding poverty in Butcher's Holler, KY, Loretta married Dolittle "Mooney" Lynn (Tommy Lee Jones) when she was only 13 years old. A mother of four by the time she was 20, Lynn began singing the occasional song at local honky-tonks on weekends, and at 25, she cut (at Mooney's suggestion) a demo tape that earned her a deal with an independent record label. Loretta and Mooney's tireless promotion of the record (including a long road trip through the south in which they stopped at every country radio station they could find) paid off -- Loretta's first single, "Honky Tonk Girl," hit the charts and earned her a spot on the Grand Ole Opry. Stardom called and Loretta never looked back, but success brought with it both joy (a long string of hit records and sold-out concerts and a close friendship with Patsy Cline) and sorrow (a nervous breakdown brought on by overwork and a great deal of stress to a marriage that endured -- but just barely). Sissy Spacek won an Academy award for her vivid, thoroughly natural performance as Loretta (she also did her own singing), and Levon Helm (drummer for the legendary rock group the Band) made an impressive screen debut as her father. Ernest Tubb makes a cameo appearance as himself.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Gregory Baird
Film biographies can be treacherous ground -- especially when the film depicts a legend who remains among the living. Yet director Michael Apted's dramatically satisfying portrayal of country music queen Loretta Lynn succeeds on every possible level, avoiding TV-movie schmaltz and delivering a totally believable Lynn in Sissy Spacek, who won an Oscar for the role. Based on Lynn's autobiography, Coal Miner's Daughter traces the singer's life from her impoverished Kentucky childhood, to her marriage at age 13 to Dolittle Lynn (Tommy Lee Jones) and subsequent years as a wife and mother, finally charting her rise to music superstardom. Spacek does all her own singing here, and she does Loretta Lynn proud, completely capturing Lynn's potent combination of naivete and self-assurance. Jones, meanwhile, brings real charm and charisma to his portrayal of Lynn's brash, exuberant husband. Beverly D'Angelo is also superb as Lynn's real-life friend and colleague, the equally legendary Patsy Cline. (D'Angelo does her own singing, too.) Levon Helm (drummer for the great '60s rock group The Band) doesn't sing in Coal Miner's Daughter, but his surprisingly effective portrayal of Lynn's taciturn father provides the story with a powerful emotional anchor. There's plenty of music in the film, including a few scenes at the Grand Ole Opry. But whether or not you're a fan of country music, the remarkable chemistry between Spacek and Jones makes Coal Miner's Daughter a Hollywood classic not to be missed.
All Movie Guide
One of the best music biopics ever made, this 1980 portrait of country singer Loretta Lynn features strong social commentary about Appalachian poverty and the hypocrisy of show business. Director Michael Apted seems to sneak these themes between the seams of a finely crafted melodrama that hews to the standard path of a star's rise, fall, and comeback. The intelligent, rangy actress Sissy Spacek gives it her all, demonstrating surprisingly strong musical skills. Spacek won several awards, including an Oscar, for her performance. The cinematography of Ralf Bode and Apted's piercing direction provide even those who aren't fans of country music with an unforgettable portrait of backwoods Kentucky. Coal Miner's Daughter received 7 Oscar nominations, including Best Picture.

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Product Details

Release Date:
09/13/2005
UPC:
0025192675324
Original Release:
1980
Rating:
PG
Source:
Universal Studios
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
2:05:00
Sales rank:
1,534

Special Features

Completely restored audio with enhanced 5.1 track; Limited edition photo journal inside; Feature commentary with Sissy Spacek and director Michael Apted; Tommy Lee Jones remembers Coal Miner's Daughter; An exclusive interview with Loretta Lynn and director Michael Apted; President George Bush Sr. salutes AFI and Coal Miner's Daughter

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Sissy Spacek Loretta Lynn
Tommy Lee Jones Doolittle "Mooney" Lynn
Beverly D'Angelo Patsy Cline
Levon Helm Ted Webb
Phyllis Boyens Clara Webb
Ernest Tubb Himself
Robert Elkins Bobby Day
Bob Hannah Charlie Dick
Bill Anderson Webb Children
Foster Dickerson Webb Child
Malla McCown Webb Child
Pamela McCown Webb Child
Kevin Salvilla Webb Child
Sissy Lucas Loretta and Mooney's Child
Brian Warf Loretta & Mooney's Child
Elizabeth Watson Loretta and Mooney's Child
David Barry Gray Doc Turner
William Sanderson Lee Dollarhide
Pat Patterson Loretta's Children
Susan Kingsley Girl at Fairgrounds
Michael Baish Storekeeper
Royce Clark Hugh Cherry
Gary Parker Radio Station Manager
Billy Strange Speedy West
Frank Mitchell Washington Neighbor
Merle Kilgore Cowboy at Tootsie's
Doug Bledsoe Cowboy at Grange Hall
Charles Kahlenberg Business Manager
Jim Webb Bus Driver
David Thornhill The Coal Miner's Band
Billy West The Patsy Cline Band
Allison Caine Voice Only

Technical Credits
Michael Apted Director
James Alexander Sound/Sound Designer
Arthur Schmidt Editor
Zelda Barron Associate Producer
Ralf Bode Cinematographer
Owen Bradley Score Composer
John W. Corso Production Designer
John M. Dwyer Set Decoration/Design
Dan Kolsrud Asst. Director
Bob Larson Executive Producer
Bob Montgomery Songwriter
Tom Rickman Screenwriter
Bernard Schwartz Producer
Shel Silverstein Songwriter
Joe Tompkins Costumes/Costume Designer

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Coal Miner's Daughter
1. Main Titles [2:36]
2. Doolittle Lynn [6:41]
3. Holler Living [13:38]
4. Marriage [15:02]
5. Leaving Kentucky [7:14]
6. Happy Anniversary [5:31]
7. On Stage [4:04]
8. Making a Record [4:46]
9. An Emergency [5:37]
10. Personal Appearances [7:37]
11. The Grand Ole Opry [7:46]
12. Patsy Cline [15:55]
13. Back to Work [3:41]
14. Loretta Comes Home [4:18]
15. Loretta Gets Tired [6:28]
16. The Breakdown [2:56]
17. A New House [6:07]
18. End Titles [4:05]

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