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Coal Miner's Daughter

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Tookey's Rating
6 /10
Average Rating
7.87 /10
Sissy Spacek , Beverley D'Angelo , Tommy Lee Jones
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Directed by: Michael Apted
Written by: Tom Rickman

Released: 1980
Origin: US
Colour: C
Length: 125

Country singer Loretta Lynn (Sissy Spacek, pictured) emerges from Kentucky to become a superstar.
Reviewed by Chris Tookey

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Michael Apted's film may skate over the less savoury aspects of Lynn's later life - drugs, nervous breakdwns, etc - but as a rags-to-riches story it works beautifully, and Tom Rickman's script is perceptive about the effects of fame on an unsophisticated person. Spacek gives an extraordinary, touching performance: she ages from 13 to 40, and does her own singing. Tommy Lee Jones and Beverley D'Angelo (who also sings her own songs) are impressive. Apted displays a great sense of period and place.

"The film done us proud."

(Loretta Lynn)

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