Coal Miner’s Daughter (Apted, 1980)


Michael Apted’s wonderfully seamless bipoic of Loretta Lynn belongs to stars Sissy Spacek and Tommy Lee Jones and their performances of the humble singer and her conflicted and hardworking husband Mooney. Spacek won an Academy Award for her trouble, but Jones was seemingly passed over completely for his layered creation of a character similar films always manage to simplify. Coal Miner’s Daughter doesn’t get caught up in the minute dealings of Lynn’s songwriting or influences, instead focusing on the rhythm of Loretta and Mooney’s evolving love for each other. This rare chemistry springs through Spacek’s incredible performing sequences (yep, she did her own singing) of Lynn’s honest country ballads and the multiple tensions witnessed between husband and wife on the road and at home.

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