Coal Miner's Daughter

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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 ...
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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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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
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Editorial Reviews

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: 9/13/2005
  • UPC: 025192675324
  • Original Release: 1980
  • Rating:

  • Source: Universal Studios
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Language: English
  • Time: 2:05:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 8,012

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 Jr. 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
Michael Baish Storekeeper
Doug Bledsoe Cowboy at Grange Hall
Allison Caine Voice Only
Royce Clark Hugh Cherry
Charles Kahlenberg Business Manager
Merle Kilgore Cowboy at Tootsie's
Susan Kingsley Girl at Fairgrounds
Frank Mitchell Washington Neighbor
Gary Parker Radio Station Manager
Pat Patterson Loretta's Children
William Sanderson Lee Dollarhide
Billy Strange Speedy West
David Thornhill The Coal Miner's Band
Jim Webb Bus Driver
Billy West The Patsy Cline Band
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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Menu

Disc #1 -- Coal Miner's Daughter
   Scenes
   Bonus Materials
      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
      Recommendations
   Languages
      Spoken Languages: English 5.1 Dolby Digital
      Spoken Languages: English 2.0 Dolby Digital
      Spoken Languages: Español Dolby Digital
      Spoken Languages: Français Dolby Digital
      Feature Commentary With Sissy Spacek and Director Michael Apted
      Subtitles: English SDH
      Subtitles: Español
      Subtitles: Français
      Subtitles: Off
   Play
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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Sissy or Loretta? they both sing the same--fantastic!

    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!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 31, 2003

    still in love with loretta lynn

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Worth watching over again

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2003

    DVD RELEASE DATE SET!!

    The Collector's Edition DVD comes out May 6, 2003! Hoping the extras are worth the long wait :))

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 15, 2002

    Earned the oscar for this movie.

    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!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 20, 2002

    I wore out my video after 10 years; now I want it on DVD

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 2, 2001

    A Must-See

    A must-see film for any Loretta Lynn fan.

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