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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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CastLevon Helm
DirectorMichael Apted
Release Date:  1980
MPAA Rating:  PG
DVD Release Date:  Universal Studios Home Video (September 13, 2005)
Runtime:  2hr 4min
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review by . May 20, 2000
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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' …
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