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Coal Miner's Daughter

Coal Miner's Daughter

Sissy Spacek
Director: Michael Apted Cast: Sissy Spacek
Sissy Spacek
, Tommy Lee Jones
Tommy Lee Jones
, Beverly D'Angelo
Beverly D'Angelo
Michael Apted


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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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Product Details

Release Date: 10/16/2018
UPC: 0191329070178
Original Release: 1980
Rating: PG
Source: Universal Studios
Time: 2:05:00
Sales rank: 6,195

Special Features

Feature commentary with Sissy Spacek and director Michael Apted; Tommy Lee Jones remembers Coal Miner's Daughter; Interview with Loretta Lynn and director Michael Apted; President George Bush Sr. Salutes AFI and Coal Miner's Daughter

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

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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