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You ain't woman enough to take my man.....

  • May 20, 2000
Pros: Spacek & D;Angelo - fantastic

Cons: .........

A wonderful biography of Loretta Lynn, from her humble beginnings in Butcher Hollow to her eventual success. Living for years - 14 I think! - as parttime momma and housekeeper, she leaves her family to begin her own life with husband, Dolittle Lynn.

Finding her circumstances not much different as a married woman, she longs to use her voice for something other than callin' Do to dinner. Under his encouragement, she records a track and begins promoting it - often driving for days from one radio station to the other, sleeping in the car, wearing her one good dress. Finally getting the break she so richly deserves, her song is played on the radio and that folks is history.

Joined on the road by her often wayward husband and the great Patsy Cline, her road show travels the United States, playing carnivals and rodeos, eventually earning her a spot on the Grand Ole Opera. Rising quickly to the top, always plagued with severe headaches, she becomes addicted to pain killers. Pushing herself beyond her limits, she eventually collapses from fatigue.

A heartbreaking portrayal of the demons that face performers daily. Never any time for family or friends or Hell, even for yourself, always in the public eye. Unable to stop even when feeling down or blue, always having to ‘be on stage'. A beautiful tribute to a wonderful lady - and shucks, I don't even like country western!

An amazing job by Sissy Spacek, who did her own singing in this movie. Tommy Lee Jones, as Do Lynn, gives perhaps one of his best performances. Never the nice guy anyway, this is a perfect vehicle for him. The shining star in my book though is Beverly D'Angelo as the devastating Pasty Cline. I'm a little partial to D'Angelo, since she comes from my hometown :) ~

A few memorable scenes - one where the irrepressible Do is caught in the backseat of a car with another woman during one of Loretta's performances. She literally jerks him out of the car and says to the woman - you ain't woman enough to take my man - soon to become a hit song for her. Another is the painful scene when she learns of Patsy's death.

Some really good songs in this movie, even for someone that prefers Pink Floyd! ‘Honky Tonk Girl', ‘You Ain't Woman Enough to Take my Man', ‘You're Looking at Country', ‘Back in my Baby's Arms' and of course, ‘Coal Miner's Daughter'.


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The story of Loretta Lynn, COAL MINER'S DAUGHTER charts the rise of the queen of country music from her upbringing in backwoods Appalachia to stardom at the Grand Ole Opry. One of eight children, she married at age 13 and was a mother of four at age 20. Shy and naive, she was pushed into music by her husband, Doolittle, who gave her a guitar instead of a ring for their wedding, in what was to be a career that also tracked her complicated relationship with this man. His strengths helped her create numerous hit singles, but his weaknesses inspired such immortal songs as "You Ain't Woman Enough to Take My Man." Sissy Spacek won an Oscar for her virtuoso performance, mimicking Lynn's voice nearly perfectly, while Beverly D'Angelo solidly impersonates Patsy Cline; unlike other music biographies, this film features both actors using their own voices in the singing scenes. Country music legend Ernest Tubb also makes a cameo. For director Michael Apted, COAL MINER'S DAUGHTER is one in a series of films--AGATHA, ...
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Cast: Levon Helm
Director: Michael Apted
Release Date: 1980
MPAA Rating: PG
DVD Release Date: Universal Studios Home Video (September 13, 2005)
Runtime: 2hr 4min
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