• Coal Miner's Daughter (1980)

Coal Miner's Daughter

Release Date: 1980

DVD Release Date: May 6th, 2003

PG |2 hr 5 min

Plot Summary

Raised in rural Kentucky poverty and married at the age of 13, Loretta Lynn (Sissy Spacek) begins writing and singing her own country songs in her early 20s. With the tireless help of her husband Oliver "Mooney" Lynn (Tommy Lee Jones), Loretta rises from local honky-tonks and small-time record deals to national tours and hit singles, befriending her idol Patsy Cline (Beverly D'Angelo) and becoming a country music icon despite the toll stardom takes on her family and her marriage.

Cast: Sissy Spacek, Tommy Lee Jones, Beverly D'Angelo, Levon Helm, Phyllis Boyens, William Sanderson, Robert Elkins, Bob Hannah

Director: Michael Apted

Genres: Drama , Biography

Production Co: Universal/Universal Int

Keywords: Marriage, Father, Rise, 1950s, 1960s, Emotional, 1970s, Endearing, Love, Husband

Ratings & Reviews

  • 75
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    It's warm, entertaining, funny, and centered around that great Sissy Spacek performance, but it's essentially pretty familiar material (not that Loretta Lynn can be blamed that Horatio Alger wrote her life before she lived it). 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. That makes it a treasure to watch, even if we sometimes have the feeling we've seen it before. show more

  • 80
    Time Out London

    For all the modern gloss, what with poverty and nervous breakdowns it's still highly conventional stuff, but lovingly constructed to produce unremarkable but heart-warming entertainment. show more

  • 100
    Gene SiskelChicago Tribune

    A thoroughly engaging version of country singer Loretta Lynn's autobiography. Sissy Spacek excels as Lynn and is assisted by two superior performances. Certain to be one of the year's best films.

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Winner Best Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical
Nominated Writing (Screenplay - Based on Material From Another Medium)
Nominated Best Picture
Nominated Film Editing
Nominated Art Direction
Nominated Sound
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1981)
Nominated Sound
Nominated Cinematography