Coal Miner's Daughter (1980) - 25th Anniversary Edition

Genre(s): Biographical / Drama / Musical
Universal || PG - 125 minutes - $19.98 || September 13, 2005
Reviewer: Chris Gonzalez || Posted On: 2005-10-18

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.:: F I L M ::.
The Film

.: F E A T U R E S :.

Special Features

A U D I O &
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Audio and Video

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Director: Michael Apted
Writer(s): Thomas Rickman (screenplay)
Cast: Sissy Spacek, Tommy Lee Jones, Levon Helm, Phyllis Boyens, Beverly D'Angelo

Theatrical Release Date: March 7, 1980

Supplemental Material:
  • Director and Actress Commentary
  • Tommy Lee Jones Remembers Coal Miner's Daughter
  • Interview with Loretta Lynn
  • President George Bush Sr. Salutes AFI and Coal Miner's Daughter

Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Widescreen (1.85)
  • English (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (Dolby Digital 2.0), French (Dolby Digital 2.0), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish

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.::THE FILM::.

Coal Minerís Daughter tells the story of country music diva Loretta Lynn. Released in 1980 it was nominated for seven awards including Best Picture of the Year. Sissy Spacek, playing the lead won Best Actress, and by no stroke of luck. The entire film is carried on her slim shoulders, and sheís more than up to the challenge. Itís a performance that reminded me of Jaime Foxxís in Ray. Spacek does all her own singing, and captures the singers tone of voice and mannerisms so well, the character simply slips into reality.

Thatís not to say others donít stand out. Tommy Lee Jones as Lynnís selectively supportive husband does a great job at making a character sympathetic, likeable, and despicable all at the same time. The two play off each other incredibly well, and provide for most of the films depth and meat.

While Coal Minerís Daughter doesnít change the way youíll think about life, or present the musician biopic genre in a new light, but it does present its story very well. The ending felt a bit rushed and incomplete, but as Lynn is still living, there it almost seems as if it had to end that way.


Commentary with Director Michael Apted and Sissy Spacek: From the get go you know that the two speakers are well-educated and arenít here to waste your time. They know what a good commentary entails and they provide the goods. Hardly a moment is passed without some interesting story or experience shared in the making of the film. They are very adept in conversing with each other, and enhancing whatever each has to say. They obviously have a lot to share about the film and do so.

Tommy Lee Jones remembers Coal Minerís Daughter: This 10-minute interview is useful and a nice addition, but nothing out of the ordinary. Itís a good thing to see Jones face show up to reflect on the film and he provides some good insight on the film and how he related to the character and brought him to the screen.

Interview with Loretta Lynn: Running 14 minutes, the interview led by director Michael Apted starts off with displaying the real locations the film portrayed. Seeing Lynn interviewed is something quite special since you get the opportunity to compare Spacekís performance to the way Lynn really is. She talks about her involvement in the making of the film and how she grew close to Spacek and the crew. Itís probably the best feature on the disc, if a bit short.

President George Bush Sr. salutes AFI and Coal Minerís Daughter: This feature is purely for those that enjoy memorabilia from the film. Itís pretty trivial stuff but welcome nonetheless. The President simply goes on stage, talks about how movies are a great thing, and uses Coal Minerís Daughter as an example. Whoopie.


For a film of its age, the print is pretty damn good. It doesníít look as good as current films, but that almost helps the mining town feel of the film. The Oscar nominated Cinematography comes across quite nicely, even if everything doesnít stand out as well as it should. Itís not a reference disc, but thatís not to be expected anyways. On the other hand, the newly enhanced Dolby Digital 5.1 track is great. Itís a film that relies heavily on the use of music and setting and ait all comes together quite nicely. The voices are kept smooth and audible, the musical numbers are appropriately leveled, and there are some nice moments of surround action in the mining field and crowded audiences or bars.


Coal Minerís Daughter is a very solid film, and Spacketís performance is simply fantastic. This wasnít a breakthrough film, so this Special Edition is probably as good as itís going to get, and itís a good effort. Thereís nothing on the disc that isnít solid, so if youíre a fan of the film or Lynn itís a great thing to own. And at such a cheap price, one would be hard pressed to ask for much more.