Coal Miner's DaughterDirector: Michael Apted, Sissy Spacek, Tommy Lee Jones, Beverly D'Angelo
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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- Universal Studios
Cast & Crew
|Sissy Spacek||Loretta Lynn|
|Tommy Lee Jones||Doolittle "Mooney" Lynn|
|Beverly D'Angelo||Patsy Cline|
|Levon Helm||Ted Webb|
|Phyllis Boyens||Clara Webb|
|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|
|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|
|James Alexander||Sound/Sound Designer|
|Zelda Barron||Associate Producer|
|Owen Bradley||Score Composer|
|John W. Corso||Production Designer|
|John M. Dwyer||Set Decoration/Design|
|Dan Kolsrud||Asst. Director|
|Bob Larson||Executive Producer|
|Joe Tompkins||Costumes/Costume Designer|
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It's incredible how much Sissy sounds like Loretta and vise-versa! I saw an interview with Loretta Lynn where she said her daughter Patsy said -- Mommy stop talking like Sissy Spacek!! Then she laughed and said we are so alike it's scary!!This is an incredible film given by an incredible actress ,about an incredible performer...an absolutely must have!!
I saw this movie for the first time in a sold out theater where I was forced to share a seat with my brother. I have worn out my VHS tape and now have it on DVD. This is the best biography ever written. The entire cast has a charisma that rocks.
i am 62 and a life long LL fan-coal miner's daughter is an inspiration for life. sissy,tommy,beverly and lavon are the best.
The Collector's Edition DVD comes out May 6, 2003! Hoping the extras are worth the long wait :))
When is this most well written, acted and shot movie going to come out of DVD with all the extras. I have written the Loretta Lynnn fan club and others. But no answer yet. I have watched this sevral times a year on my video. Then I watch it anytime I see it on TV. Where's Coal Miner's Duaghter on DVD? ! Please!
i think Ms. specak earned the oscar for the movie all the way, her look,style,singing,she had everything about Miss. Loretts Lynn down to a ''T'' if i could give it more stars i would have to say 100!!!its a movie i never get TIRED OF SEEING!!
A must-see film for any Loretta Lynn fan.