Coal Miner's Daughter


Action / Biography / Drama / Music / Musical

Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 100%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 86%
IMDb Rating 7.5 10 14381


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Beverly D'Angelo as Patsy Cline
Tommy Lee Jones as Doolittle Lynn
Sissy Spacek as Loretta Lynn
William Sanderson as Lee Dollarhide
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by gab-14712 9 / 10

Amazing Story of Loretta Lynn!

Let me say it right here. Coal Miner's Daughter is one of the best films of 1980. Period. I was literally taken by surprise by how much I enjoyed this movie especially from the kind of story it is. It's a simple rags-to-rich story that does not stray far away from the formula, and yet I was moved by the characterization portrayed by director Michael Apted, screenwriter Thomas Rickman, and the two leads in Sissy Spacek and Tommy Lee Jones. Every character here is humanized and they have flaws just as much as they have virtues. Sure the story follows formula (the simple early life, rise to stardom, the downfall, and of course the big comeback), but I was firmly glued onto the characters because of how they were. That is what made this movie excel. I wouldn't expect a movie about a country music star Loretta Lynn would move me as much as it did. But there you go, life is made of surprises.

When Loretta Webb (Sissy Spacek) was thirteen years old, she marries a man named Doolittle Lynn (Tommy Lee Jones). As someone growing up in the heart of the country, Loretta is destined for a life of homemaking. But Doolittle sees that is wife is bursting with musical talent that she has yet to see. So as a anniversary present, she is given a guitar. By the time she turns eighteen, she is the mother of four kids and a busy housewife. But when she finds time to perform at local country fairs and honkytonks, she starts the path to superstardom.

Sissy Spacek and Tommy Lee Jones deliver tremendous performances. Let's begin with Spacek. She was chosen by Loretta Lynn herself because of a photograph of her despite not being familiar with any of her movie projects. I thought that was really fascinating. Over the course of the movie, Loretta ages from thirteen to her thirtiesÂ…and Spacek made that age increase convincing. Maybe its her face or her talent, but I believed her a thirteen-year-old growing up in the mountain and as a mid-30's superstar who ended up on a path of self-destruction as many people her caliber are wont to do. Whether she is singing at the Grand Ole Opry or popping pills on her tour bus, she gave a wonderful performance that earned her the Academy Award for Best Actress. Then there is Tommy Lee Jones in a role perfect for him. He is a very serious man and he gave a serious yet humanized portrayal of Doolittle. He may be serious and a hard man, but he is a loving man too and he wants to make his wife happy and successful. He seems to be fighting with Loretta a lot, but you know there is love when he comes to her rescue at a concert collapse. This is Spacek's movie, but she allows Jones time to shine.

The story itself is incredibly simple and it follows the simple biography formula. But the characterizations and many scenes give power to the movie. I loved the part where Doolittle Lynn is trying to convince disc jockeys to take her records, but to no avail. I loved when Loretta made friends with a famous country singer Patsy Cline (played wonderfully by Beverly D'Angelo) and was taken under her wing. I loved the scenes where she was growing up in a poor family headed by her father Ted Webb (played by Levon Helm). Every scene in the movie added something to the movie. I also thought Spacek sang very well! Coal Miner's Daughter is a very good film, one of the best films of 1980. It strikes a familiar chord, but it's also warm, moving, and sometimes funny. Loretta Lynn is one of country music's darlings, and she still is going strong today. If you like biographies or country music or just great movies in general, please check this movie out. I enjoyed it so much, that I gained a greater appreciation of Loretta Lynn and her music. I guess it must be that country heart of mine.

My Grade: A-

Reviewed by zkonedog 5 / 10

Lacked The Energy That All Great Biopics Need

After recently watching "Walk The Line", I was recommended "Coal Miner's Daughter" by a family member. While it isn't a bad movie by any means, I felt that it lacked the energy need to truly be a great film.

For a basic plot summary, the movie focuses on the life of Loretta Lynn (Sissy Spacek), who goes from dirt-poor in a mining town to arguably country music's greatest female superstar. Along the way, she meets and marries Doolittle (Tommy Lee Jones), as well as forms a relationship with fellow singer Patsy Cline (Beverly D'Angelo).

Like I said, the main problem with "Coal Miner's Daughter" is that it lacks the kind of pulsating energy that I find define my favorite biopics ("Walk the Line" & "Ray" come immediately to mind). I know that the movie is supposed to accurately depict reality, but his IS Hollywood, and thus some drama is needed to keep it from being a documentary. That drama was missing from most of the film.

There are two things that I really did like about the film:

1. Spacek & Jones act their parts tremendously and have great chemistry on screen. They are a joy to watch.

2. Roughly the first half of the movie (depicting life in a mining community) is excellent. It is a very compelling portrayal of the type of culture Loretta came from, as well as how her relationship with "Dool" began.

Sadly, once Loretta and Dool move to Nashville in search of a record deal, the film really slows down...almost to a screeching halt at some points. It's almost like the title indicates: the filmmakers knew how to do a great "coal miner's daughter" setting, but once Loretta actually becomes a country star, things really get stale.

Overall, "Coal Miner's Daughter" is a decent biopic piece that has since been both exceeded and overshadowed by other films of its same ilk. Unless you really have an interest in this specific story, or you really like classic country music, you might struggle with this one a bit too.

Reviewed by bkoganbing 8 / 10

The girl from Butcher Holler

Sissy Spacek got her career role and her Oscar portraying country singing legend Loretta Lynn in Coal Miner's Daughter. The film was also up for Best Picture in 1980 and for a bunch awards in the technical fields. But only Spacek brought home the gold.

Loretta Lynn came from a background about as humble as you can get. She was as the title says of the film and one of her hit songs a Coal Miner's Daughter. From a place called Butcher Holler. One of the great strengths that Coal Miner's Daughter has is the location cinematography in Kentucky and Tennessee. Hollywood could never recreate the look of the poverty she came from.

She was the eldest of several kids born to Levon Helm and Phyllis Boyens-Liptak playing her parents Ted and Clary Webb. She was an assistant Moma to her younger siblings and a real Moma with for kids by the time she was 20. She married at 14 to Doolittle Lynn aka Mooney because of his original profession of moonshiner. But she liked to sing and it was her husband that said some of those songs that she made up just might be a career path. Anything was better than the unimaginable poverty in those Kentucky hills.

Watching this film today, made in 1980 and set in the 50s and 60s I thought about things today which are probably worse than in Loretta Lynn's salad days. Then the United Mine Workers was a strong union and insured some kind of living for these people. But coal for environmental reasons has been abandoned. Could Loretta Lynn make it out in 2017. She would sure have more incentive.

During her early days Loretta was mentored by Patsy Cline played here by Beverly D'Angelo. Both had the same problems, husbands who were on the sidelines of their wives' career. In this case Tommy Lee Jones plays an easy going Doolittle Lynn who feels a need every now and then to kick up their heels.

Of course the second great strength of Coal Miner's Daughter is the score of Loretta Lynn hits in the film. If you are not a Loretta Lynn fan, you might just become one after viewing this film. Some of Patsy Cline's hits are included, a little preview so to speak of her biopic Sweet Dreams.

Coal Miner's Daughter is as fresh as the day it was released and a must for country music fans.

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