Based on Loretta Lynn’s own autobiography and adapted with the greatest care and attention to detail by director Michael Apted, “Coal Miner’s Daughter” is surely one of the best film versions of a public performer’s rise to stardom. Sissy Spacek is pitch-perfect as Lynn, expertly capturing Lynn’s distinctive speech patterns and doing her own impressive singing – it’s the kind of performance that doesn’t come along often, registering as electrifyingly genuine in every single frame. Beverly D’Angelo is stunning as Patsy Cline, doing her own singing as well and matching Cline’s pitch and emotional delivery perfectly. Not one to be missed.
Rating: ★★★★★ (out of 5)