Coal Miner's Daughter
Coal Miner's Daughter
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This article refers to the film. For the song of the same name, see Coal Miner's Daughter (song)

Coal Miner's Daughter is a 1980 American biographical film which tells the story of country music performer Loretta Lynn. It stars Sissy Spacek in her Academy Award for Best Actress winning role, Tommy Lee Jones, Beverly D'Angelo and Levon Helm, and was directed by Michael Apted.


The film was adapted from Lynn's autobiography written with George Vecsey. Loretta Lynn was one of eight children born to Ted Webb (Levon Helm), a coal miner raising a family despite grinding poverty in Butcher Hollow, Kentucky. She married Doolittle "Mooney" Lynn (Tommy Lee Jones) when she was only 13 years old.

Coal Miner's Daughter.jpgthumbleft280pxSpacek as country singer Loretta Lynn

A mother of four by the time she was 19 (and a grandmother by age 29), 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. Success brought a long string of hit records and sold-out concerts and a close friendship with Patsy Cline, and a nervous breakdown brought on by overwork and a great deal of stress.


*Sissy Spacek as Loretta Lynn

*Tommy Lee Jones as Doolittle 'Mooney' Lynn AKA Doo.

*Beverly D'Angelo as Patsy Cline

*Levon Helm as Ted Webb

*Phyllis Boyens as 'Clary' Webb

*Bob Hannah as Charlie Dick

*William Sanderson as Lee Dollarhide

*Ernest Tubb as Himself


Lynn personally chose Spacek to portray her, making the decision based on a photograph of the actress despite being unfamiliar with her films, a story Spacek recounts in a DVD commentary for the Collector's Edition of the film. Initially, Spacek was reluctant to participate, and asked to do her own singing in the film in hopes of scaring off the studio from pursuing her for the role. At the time that Lynn prematurely announced on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson that "Sissy Spacek is going to play me," the actress was torn between friends who advised her to do Lynn's film and those who advised her to choose instead a Nicolas Roeg project due to start filming at the same time. Talking it over with her mother-in-law that evening, Spacek was advised to pray for a sign, which she did. She and her husband subsequently went for a drive in his mother's car, where the radio was tuned to a classical music station that changed formats at sunset every evening. As the couple pulled out of the parking garage, the title line of the song "Coal Miner's Daughter" issued from the radio.Sissy Spacek and Michael Apted. Feature commentary track, Coal Miner's Daughter 25th Anniversary/Collector's Edition, 2005.

For her performance, Spacek won an Academy Award, as well as "Best Actress" awards from the Golden Globes, the National Board of Review, the Los Angeles Film Critics Association, the New York Film Critics Circle, and the Kansas City Film Critics Circle. Her co-star Beverly D'Angelo, who played Loretta's mentor, Patsy Cline, also chose to do her own singing rather than lip-syncing; she was nominated for a Golden Globe, as was Tommy Lee Jones. Levon Helm (drummer for the rock group The Band) made his screen debut as Loretta's father, Ted Webb. Ernest Tubb, Roy Acuff, and Minnie Pearl all make cameo appearances as themselves.


This film won the Academy Award for Best Actress (Sissy Spacek), and was nominated for Best Art Direction-Set Decoration (John W. Corso, John M. Dwyer), Best Cinematography, Best Film Editing, Best Picture, Best Sound and Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium.

Home video releases

* This movie was released on LaserDisc on two separate releases. The first release was in May 1980, and the extended play version was released in July 1981. These releases were both made by MCA DiscoVision.

* The movie was released in the VHS format on March 1, 1992 by MCA/Universal Home Video

* On September 13, 2005, Universal Pictures released a 25th Anniversary Edition of this film on DVD, in widescreen (1.85:1) format and featuring the music tracks remixed to 5.1 Dolby Digital stereo, leaving the dialogue and effects tracks as they were on the original mono soundtrack from 1980.


The original motion picture soundtrack for Coal Miner's Daughter was released in 1980, under the MCA Records label. It included music by Beverly D'Angelo, Levon Helm, and Sissy Spacek except for the End Credits Medley and material by other artists which were not under contract to MCA.


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