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Coal Miner's Daughter (1980)


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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


Musical & Performing Arts, Drama

Thomas Rickman

May 6, 2003

MCA Universal Home Video

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A thoughtful, endearing film charting the life of singer Loretta Lynn from the depths of poverty in rural Kentucky to her eventual rise to the title of 'queen of country music'.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Variety
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Highly conventional stuff, but lovingly constructed to produce unremarkable but heart-warming entertainment.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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The movie isn't great art, but it has been made with great taste and style; it's more intelligent and observant than movie biographies of singing stars used to be.

October 23, 2004 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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Loretta Lynn's tough but heartwarming biopic.

December 18, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
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Though a classic rags to riches saga, this biopic of Loretta Lynn doesn't fall victim to cliches, and benefits immensely from the astonishingly authentic turn from Sissy Spacek, who does her own singing; even real-life singer Lynn liked the picture

February 8, 2008 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com

Superior biopic with an unforgettable performance by Sissy Spacek

September 10, 2004
Lawrence Journal-World

A rousing musical biopic that is a cut above its peers.

May 24, 2003 Full Review Source: Film4

This uplifting drama, based on Loretta Lynn's autobiography, shows how her marriage kept changing to accommodate her career as the First Lady of country music.

May 9, 2003 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

In a time before the TV music channels made star biographies into such a formulaic joke, Coal Miner's Daughter was the real deal.

March 10, 2003 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
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Audience Reviews for Coal Miner's Daughter

My aunt and cousin were watching "The Coal Miner's Daughter" and I wasn't really wanting to watch it. There wasn't anything else to do, so I watched it. It was actually a pretty good movie. It tells the biography of Loretta Lynn all the way from how she struggled becoming a mother at the age of 14 all the way to when she forgot the lyrics on stage one night. It also has everything in between such as her becoming friends with Patsy Cline and how she achieved superstardom and became the queen of country music.
Sissy Spacek and Tommy Lee Jones put on great performances as do the others in the movie. Sissy Spacek sings all the songs herself and does a great job as Loretta Lynn. If you like biographical movies, you need to see "The Coal Miner's Daughter." NOTE: That was my Amazon review from the year 2000 of this great film from the year I was born. Surprised its average rating here on Flixster isn't higher. Would like to see it again, even though I'm not a fan of much old (i.e., older than 80's) country.
August 15, 2009

Super Reviewer

Movie's OK. I would probably rate it higher if I could stand country music.
April 9, 2008

Super Reviewer

sissy and tommy lee are both very very good but the film could have used a little editing.
August 30, 2007
jay nixon

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I think Sissy Spacek was channeling Loretta Lynn somehow. Fantastic performance, especially since Sissy did all her own singing, 25 years before Jamie Foxx and Joaquin Phoenix. Great movie.
May 21, 2007

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    1. Loretta Lynn: (trying out a new song) It goes like this 'It'll over my dead body, so get out while you can't, then it drops down to 'cause you ain't woman to take my man!'
    2. Doolittle "Mooney" Lynn: Where'd you come up with the idea for that song, Loretta.
    – Submitted by Alyssa B (11 days ago)
    1. Ted Webb: I ain't never gonna see you again.
    2. Loretta Lynn: Yes you will, daddy.
    3. Ted Webb: Maybe, but I ain't never see my little girl again.
    – Submitted by Alyssa B (40 days ago)
    1. Webb Child: Hey, how come she gets somethin' extry?
    2. Ted Webb: Because, your sister's become a young woman.
    3. Webb Child: Aww, she ain't no woman, she ain't nothin' but a dadburn kid.
    – Submitted by Alyssa B (40 days ago)
    1. Loretta Lynn: I just can't believe I'm sittin' here talkin' to Patsy Cline.
    2. Patsy Cline: You act like you ain't never seen a glamorous country singer before.
    – Submitted by Alyssa B (40 days ago)
    1. Radio Station Manager: And come off that dumb hillbilly act!
    2. Doolittle "Mooney" Lynn: If you knew Loretta, you'd know that ain't no act.
    3. Loretta Lynn: Thank you, honey.
    – Submitted by Alyssa B (40 days ago)
    1. Loretta Lynn: Thank you, baby.
    – Submitted by Alyssa B (40 days ago)
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