Masterfully directed by Michael Apted, the film traces the famed country singer's life from her beginnings in a tumbledown shack in Butcher Hollow, Kentucky, through her huge success, marital discord, and battle with. What improbable lives so many Americans lead, compared to the more orderly and predictable careers of the Swedes, say, or the French. There are several reasons for the film's 'staying' power; first, British director Michael Apted, making his first American feature, brought an unbiased eye to the lifestyle of poor but proud rural America. 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. Recognizing her raw talent and huge potential, her ambitious husband Mooney Tommy Lee Jones prods her into making a record and going to Nashville. There's lots of alcohol use here. After a performance at the Grand Ole Opry, the record becomes a smash hit, launching her career to super stardom and changing the sound and style of country music forever.
Spacek's Oscar win for playing Loretta Lynn created a rarity in the Academy Awards' history in that the real-life Loretta Lynn was in the audience witnessing the victory. By the time Loretta turns 25, , the owner of , a small Canadian record label, hears Loretta sing during one of her early radio appearances. Despite only a passing resemblance, Spacek so totally captured the talent, vulnerability, feistiness, and strength of Loretta Lynn that she won the 1980 'Best Actress' Oscar over Gena Rowlands, Ellen Burstyn, Goldie Hawn, and Mary Tyler Moore , and is still identified with the role, today. At only thirteen years of age, Loretta Webb marries Doolittle Lynn and is soon responsible for a sizeable family. Doo wants to share her beautiful voice with the world. With earthy charm and worldliness, she would change Loretta's image from 'cowgirl' to 'royalty', and her shocking, early death would shatter Loretta, much as it did for everyone who loved her. That is due most of all to the performance by as Loretta Lynn.
Doo punches a guy and gets into a brawl at a bar. Loretta meets and marries him at 13, and is horrified to have sex with Doo, who's several years older. Like its star, the film is beautiful, quiet, charismatic, and gentle. When it pays off and Loretta is being compared to icons like Patsy Cline , can they keep their marriage together and can Doo cope with being less important than his superstar wife? The stress of extensive touring, keeping up her image, overwork, and trying to keep her marriage and family together cause Loretta a nervous breakdown, which she suffers onstage at the beginning of a concert. The rare expert film bio. No wonder one of our favorite myths involves a rags-to-riches story in which success then destroys the hero.
It was on the front porch of that house that , drummer and singer of the rock group , made his acting debut as Lynn's father. The end results are stunning! We like to identify, it makes stars more human, somehow, if they get screwed by Valium, too. Patsy Cline drinks beer while in the hospital. And what's astonishing is that it wasn't even really planned that way: Loretta learned to play on a pawnshop guitar, her husband thought she could sing, and one day she just sorta found herself on stage. In the acclaimed performance that earned her the Academy Award for Best Actress, Sissy Spacek stars as legendary Loretta Lynn, the dirt poor Appalachian Mountains girl who rose from humble beginnings to become the 'Queen of Country Music. Talking it over with her mother-in-law that evening, Spacek was advised to pray for a sign, which she did. Contrary to popular opinion, she had to learn Lynn's Southern accent, and spent grueling weeks learning how to sing her signature tunes including a week with Loretta, herself.
Doo drinks after work, on the tour bus, and while caring for his kids. And unlike more recent music biopics, Coal Miner's Daughter isn't soaked in cold-turkey rehab and horrible drug addiction. Both of these relationships are developed in direct, understated, intelligent ways; we are spared, for example, a routine portrait of Mooney Lynn as Official Show Biz Husband, and given instead a portrait of a recognizable human being who is aggressive, confident, loving, and fallible. It garnered critical acclaim and received seven nominations at the including for the and winning for Spacek. We want our heroes to suffer.
» To me, the success of a film biography isn't whether fans of the personality will watch the movie; they will, whether it is any good, or not. I think it's one of those films people like so much while they're watching it that they're inclined to think it's better than it is. In Kentucky, lots of people drink moonshine. The locations included Blackey, Eolia, Flatgap, Bottom Fork, Redfox in Knott and Letcher Counties in Kentucky and Pardee, a former coal camp on the Virginia side of Black Mountain. With only a handful of credits when the film was released, he demonstrated the dazzling combination of humor and sensitivity that would eventually win him a place as one of our finest actors. Despite numerous obstacles, Mooney and Loretta achieve life long success and build the home of their dreams. That same evening, boxer was in the pavilion audience when won the statuette for his portrayal of LaMotta in 1980.
At eighteen, the mother of four children and busy housewife still finds time to write and sing songs at small fairs and local honky-tonks. Her husband, nicknamed Mooney, is several years her senior. An overzealous fan rips hair from Loretta's head. Mooney, decides Loretta's voice is good enough to get her into show business. What do you think about Loretta and Doo's relationship? Why did she get married at 13? What other movies show troubled relationships? At the , the film received four nominations and won two : and for Spacek. We fiercely want to believe in success in this country, but for some reason we also want to believe that it takes a terrible human toll.
That makes it a treasure to watch, even if we sometimes have the feeling we've seen it before. After returning home from the sessions, Doo suggests he and Loretta go on a promotional tour to push the record. She rose from humble beginnings in Kentucky to superstardom and changing the sound and style of country music forever. After Loretta receives an emergency phone call from her mother telling her that her father had died, she and Doo hit the road with records, photos, and their children. Everyone has guns in Butcher's Hollow.
Loretta hits Doo with her purse several times. Loretta is the apple of her father's eye, but when Loretta falls for military veteran Doolittle , who's at least 10 years her senior, Loretta's dad has to let her go. Title Writer s Performer Length 1. Low-key, but irresistible, he offers so much love and power in his portrayal that it's easy to see why he would remain influential to his superstar daughter, long after his passing. Based on Lynn's 1976 biography of the same name by , the film stars as Lynn. As the daughter of a poverty stricken coal miner, Loretta reached mega-star status by the time she is forty years old. Music biopics are always compelling.
Would you want to have a child at 14? I knew little of Country Music in 1980, and even less about Loretta Lynn, but the film captured my heart. The episode also stars Beverly D'Angelo as cocktail waitress , who happens to have a beautiful country singing voice. The soundtrack reached the top 40 in the U. . She rose from humble beginnings in Kentucky to superstardom and changing the sound and style of country music forever. I wonder if she does it with her posture; early in the film, as a poor coal miner's kid, she slouches and slinks around, and then later she puts on dignity with the flashy dresses she wears onstage. In the summer of 1961, after 17 straight weekly performances on the Opry, she is invited to sing at 's after her performance that night.