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I didn't know much about Loretta Lynn or her career, but I was very curious. It turns out to be decent biographical movie. Sissy Spacek won best actress for it. She was good, but not Oscar worthy. The movie lacks something special to make it into a great film.

I thought that I had seen this whole movie before but I hadn't. I had only seen bits and peices. I really liked this movie even though it was a musical. Atleast she was singing country. If ya don't like country music then ya won't like this movie!
Like others have said, it truly doesn't matter if you like
country music or not. And I dislike 99.99999% of it. However,
this is a good movie of a poor southern girl growing up
and trying to achieve her dream and does it.

She goes from a shy girl, to abit of a rebel,(her parents
don't approve of Dolittle)a nd finally becomes a woman
and reaches her dream of meeting Patsy Cline and becoming
a big music star. Things head downhill abit... Her and
Dolittlestart to have problems and Patsy Cline passes away
due to a terrible plane crash.. On top of all that, the
tough and grinding touring starts to wear on Lynn and she
breaks down.
Never really a dull time in the entire movie. The acting and
emotion keep you into the movie and you actually can care
about all the characters. Including the tough minded daddy
that is strict on Lynn as a young girl.

Don't diss the movie because it involves a country singer. If
you enjoy the rags to riches movie this is for you!
Coal Miner's Daughter, directed by Michael Apted, is the wonderful biography of country superstar Loretta Lynn. Sissy Spacek stars as Loretta Lynn, one of eight children born into poverty. Her father Ted (Levon Helm) is a coal miner who does his best to provide for his family, but the odds are stacked against Loretta and the other children. At the age of 13 she meets Doolittle "Mooney" Lynn (Tommy Lee Jones) a cocky man who has just returned from WWII. He isn't much interested in life as a coal miner and takes an interest in young Loretta. At the age of 13 she marries Doolittle and immediatly begins having babies, four by the time she reaches the age of 20. Loretta sings to her children, and Doolittle takes notice of her talent, buying her a guitar. He begins acting as her manager, securing a gig at a nearby honky tonk. This leads to cutting a record, which eventually becomes her first hit. Loretta forges a friendship with Patsy Cline (Beverly D'Angelo) and soon becomes a huge star. She also becomes more idependent, and Dolittle feels abandoned.

Coal Miner's Daughter remains one of the best musical biographies ever filmed. Loretta Lynn's ags to riches story is prefect for film, but what makes this sucj a memorable experience is Sissy Spacek's amazing performance. She won a well-deserved Oscar for her role. Tommy Lee Jones is also very good in this film as are supporting characters Levon Helm and Beverly D'Angelo. It's an excellent film.

The Color Purple, directed by Steven Spielberg,is a heartfelt, epic tale spanning 40 years of the life of a poor Southern black woman named Celie (Whoopi Goldberg). At an early age, Celie is virtually sold into marriage, becoming seperated from her sister Nettie. Her abusive and domineering husband Albert (Danny Glover) doesn't want Celie to read any of Nettie's letters, so he hides them and forbids Celie to go to the mailbox. Celie is more of a servant than a wife, but she soon gets a different perspective when Albert's oldest son from a previous marriage Harpo (William E. Pugh) marries the independent and opinionated Sofia (Oprah Winfrey). Soon Celie gains another friend in Albert's old mistress Shug (Margaret Avery) a free-spirited singer. Celie's relationship with these two women help her gain confidence in herself, and later give her confidence to stand up to Albert.

I consider The Color Purple to be one of Spielberg's finest accomplishments. For some reason, this film has recieved more later day backlash than other films considered to be Spielberg classics, which I find quite odd. Is it overly sentimental? Yes, but how many Spielberg films can also make that claim? Most of them can. It's an extremely emotional story throughout, and unlike a few other Spielberg films the sentimental ending feels like a natural progression for the Celie character. If anyone deserves to triumph, it's her. Another criticism I've heard from a few male critics is that this film is overly biased and negative towards men. Poor fellas! Yes the main male character Albert is selfish and abusive, but even his character eventually gets a small redemption. Celie's father was also abusive. It's a fact of life that some men can be very abusive, and if a film explores the female perspective regarding these issues so be it. For every film that takes a Feminist slant there are say 100 that incorporate female nudity that does nothing to further a storyline. The fact is that The Color Purple is a wonderful film with something very important to say. Beautiful cinematography and wonderful performances from Whoopi Goldberg (who I normally don't like), Oprah Winfrey, Margaret Avery and Danny Glover. A Spielberg classic.

Enemies: A Love Story, directed by Paul Mazursky, stars Ron Silver as Herman, a man who survives Nazi occupation during WWII and now resides in New York City. He believes his wife Tamara (Anjelica Huston) perished in a concentration camp and ends up marrying Yadwiga (Margaret Sophie Stein) who's famliy helped hide him from the Nazis. Before that, Yadwiga worked for Herman and Tamara. Yadwiga is very devoted to Herman, but he isn't compltely satisfied so he takes on a mistress Masha (Lena Olin). When Masha becomes pregnant, Herman marries her as well. Things get further complicated when his first wife Tamara reeappears. How can Herman many to juggle three marraiages without the other wives finding out?

Enemies is a finely crafted story featuring stellar performances, particularly the Oscar nominated Huston and Olin. It's a drama with some highly comedic moments, especially from Anjelica Huston. Well worth seeing.
Good rental movie but it can get boring at times. If you do loke Loretta Lyne you will love this flick.
(*** 1/2):

Spacek deserved her Oscar in this very good bio-pic. Well-acted by everyone and well-directed.
If I remember my Oscar trivia properly, this was the first occasion wherein someone won an award for acting with the person they were portraying sitting in the audience, watching the whole thing. As I've said, often, it's hard to portray a living figure, because everyone has a very clear mental image of what that person is like. (Okay, not everyone. I don't have a clear mental image of what Loretta Lynn is like. But most of the people who'd see this movie would.)

I know next to nothing about country music other than that I don't much like it. According to the IMDB discussion boards, there is some information--which we'll get to in a minute--that Loretta Lynn specifically refuted. But other than that, I haven't a clue as to what's accurate and what isn't. You couldn't prove by me that Patsy Cline died in a plane crash, for example. So we'll be passing on that aspect. There's still a fair amount to talk about.

The one scene, for example. It is, apparently, true that Loretta Lynn married her husband before her fourteenth birthday. (I'm so not okay with that, incidentally.) And it is, apparently, true that their early sex life wasn't very good, their eventual six kids notwithstanding. (I understand she later wrote a song about the usefulness of the Pill for married women.) However, their wedding night was not the rape portrayed in the movie.

There are people who argue that term, incidentally. However, if a person says no and their partner doesn't stop, it's rape. In the movie, Loretta says no, and she says no repeatedly. No and stop. But at the time, you couldn't rape your wife, so it wouldn't have been rape to him. It was to the movie's Loretta, however.

Loretta says, late in the movie, that her life had moved very, very fast. That much is certainly true. I don't know how old she was by the time she was a star, but if it was ten years after her marriage, I would be very surprised. By which point she had four children. It wouldn't, I think, have helped that she essentially skipped her adolescence.

I've no real interest in seeing this movie again. The filming isn't bad, and the acting's pretty good, but the story is a cliche, notwithstanding that it's true. And, of course, I don't much like the music. But as a biopic of someone I couldn't care less about, it's pretty good.
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