Stars: Sissy Spacek, Tommy Lee Jones, Beverly D'Angelo, Levon Helm, Phyllis Boyens
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Rating: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Runtime: 125 minutes
Sissy Spacek won a much-deserved Oscar for her lead in this entertaining biography of country-music legend Loretta Lynn. British director Michael Apted (Gorillas in the Mist) brings fine texture to the Kentucky backwoods section of the film, where the teenage Loretta meets her future husband (Tommy Lee Jones), who ultimately pushes her into show business. Lynn's adult life is well covered, from her spouse's philandering to her own on-stage crackups; but between the chapter-and-verse recollections, the script by Thomas Rickman is layered with life and moments of great humor. No wooden portrait, this is a vibrant film made outstanding by the colorful performances of the two leads, as well as Beverly D'Angelo and the Band's Levon Helm. --Tom Keogh
Mr. Webb, me and Loretta are thinkin' about gettin' married, if it's alright with you.
Go ask Clary.
Mrs. Webb, me and Loretta is thinkin' about gettin' married tomorrow.
Go ask Ted.
Doo, Where are you goin'?
Ted says go ask Clary; Clary says go ask Ted; I don't know.
Wait 'til they go to bed; then you'll be able to catch them together.
This food's cold.
That's 'cause it froze on the way over here from the damn restaurant. You want a hot breakfast, you got to come with me.
You think I'm going over there with you and all them folks knowin' what we been doin' in here?
Hell's Bells, Loretta. You think this is somethin' the rest of the world ain't caught onto yet? They don't give a damn.
Get in and I'll drive you home.
I ain't gettin' in that thing. It looks like somethin' for Mars.
Girl, what the hell do you know about Mars? I'll bet you ain't never been outside the mouth of this holler.
I know I ain't gettin' in that thing. If you like it so much; you can walk me home.
Oh, Loretta; them pies ain't the only thing salty about you. Wait a minute; I'm comin'.
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