Coal Miner's Daughter (DVD)

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Michael Apted directs this biographical drama which charts the life and career of legendary country music singer Loretta Lynne (Sissy Spacek). One of eight children born to struggling Kentucky coal miner Ted Webb (Levon Helm), Loretta marries Doolittle 'Mooney' Lynne (Tommy Lee Jones) and has four children of her own by the time she is 20. After being spotted singing in local bars, she is picked up by a small Canadian record label and heads to Los Angeles to record a demo. Desperate to take advantage of Loretta's initial success, Doolittle plans an extensive promotional tour and the pair set out on a journey across the country in a bid to push the new record. However, although Loretta's star continues to rise, the stresses of trying to raise a family combined with an exhausting touring schedule begin to take their toll on the young singer. The cast also includes Beverly d'Angelo, Phyllis Boyens and William Sanderson.

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Movies & TV
5 Sep 2011
Region 2
120 min
Age Restriction
Supply Source


Coal Miner's Daughter
Release Year
Running Time
125 min
Dramas / Biography / Biographical / Country Music / Country Singers / Essential Cinema / Rags To Riches / Recommended / Romance / Tear Jerker / Theatrical Release
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, GORILLAS IN THE MIST, and NELL--he has made about strong, eccentric women.
Theatrical release: February 22, 1980.

Shot on location in Kentucky and Tennessee.

COAL MINER'S DAUGHTER grossed about $35 million at the domestic box office, making it the seventh highest grossing film in 1979.

Although some crew members thought that Apted grew up in a community of coal miners in northern England, he actually grew up in London, the son of an insurance inspector.

Lynn's first single, "I'm A Honky Tonk Girl," debuted on June 13, 1960. She has since had a total of 77 singles chart in the 20th century.

Lynn's 100-acre house in Hurricane Mills, Tennessee (which was depicted in the film), became a tourist attraction in the 1970s. The complex includes a replica of the cabin she grew up in, an RV park, a course for dirt bikes, a gigantic wooden Indian, riding trails, a hayride wagon, and a concert hall. She is planning to build a museum on the complex, to include props from the film and a bottle of the last pint of whiskey she hid from her husband.

Doolittle developed diabetes and lost the use of his legs, sight, and hearing. He passed away in 1996.

Beverly D'Angelo did the voice of Lurleen Lumpkin in a spoof of COAL MINER'S DAUGHTER on THE SIMPSONS. In the episode, Homer becomes a country music manager. Lumpkin's songs include "Your Wife Doesn't Understand You," "Bunk With Me Tonight," and "Stand By Your Manager."

Academy Award Nominations: 7, including Best Picture, Best (Adapted) Screenplay.

Academy Awards: Best Actress--Sissy Spacek.
Cast & Crew
Michael Apted
Beverly D'Angelo / Levon Helm / Tommy Lee Jones / Sissy Spacek
Thomas Rickman
Source Writer
Loretta Lynn / Author: Loretta Lynn
Bernard Schwartz
Director of Photography
Ralf D. Bode
Arthur Schmidt
Production Designer
John W. Corso
Movie Critics
New York Times
"...Four extraordinary performances....Spacek is luminous..."
Janet Maslin (7 Mar 1980, p.C8)
"...A thoughtful, endearing film....Both Spacek and D'Angelo deserve a special nod of credit for doing all of their own singing with style and accuracy..."
Berg. (20 Feb 1980, )
Wall Street Journal
"[An] exemplary biography of the country singer Loretta Lynn. Sissy Spacek's performance in the title role won her a richly deserved Oscar..."
(11 Jan 2013, )


Academy Awards
Best Actress
Winner: 1980 - Sissy Spacek