Coal Miner's Daughter

Continuity mistake: When Loretta Lynn is at the radio station asking why the disc jockey had lied to them about playing her record, you see the picture of her that they took at home. It is a completely different pose than the one that you saw them take a couple of scenes earlier. She is looking in a different direction and she is not smiling as much as she was when they took it.

Factual error: When Loretta and Patsy return from shopping, and Doolittle gets mad about the makeup Loretta is wearing, look closely after they leave Doolittle and you will see a 1965 LeMans among the parked cars. Patsy Cline died in 1963.

Factual error: Doolittle Lynn is visiting Loretta when she is 13, which would be around 1945. The jeep he is driving is at least a 1949 model. Pre-1949 jeeps had a split windshield. Also the civilian jeep wasn't introduced until 1946, so in his first appearance he would have to be driving a military issued jeep.

Factual error: When Loretta is having her initial pregnancy exam, the doctor tells her he hasn't seen her since she was a little girl getting her measles shot. Loretta Lynn was born in April of 1932, married in January of 1948 and her first pregnancy happened soon after. The doctor scene had to take place mid- to late 1948 or early 1949. Measles shots were non-existent in those days.

Audio problem: When Loretta is recording her first record, you hear the snare drum being hit on the drum head but the drummer is actually doing a rim shot.

William Bergquist

Factual error: In several scenes after the funeral of Loretta Lynn's father, Duke and Loretta drive around Kentucky and Tennessee visiting radio stations to urge them to play her Honky Tonk Girl record and listening to the stations on the car radio. But the reception would be almost impossible because the 4-door 1956 Ford hardtop they are driving has no radio aerial at all on the car. For that model year, the aerial was usually on the right front passenger side of the car. I owned one so I remember.


Other mistake: When Doolittle is running his jeep up the muddy hill near the beginning, the landscape changes. The hill is a straight 40° angle, but in the close shots behind the wheel, it changes to a steep 80° which no vehicle could realistically terrain, except perhaps an army tank. And he stalls out several times and has to back up, which would not happen at the 80* steep. Then he miraculously makes it over the top.


Revealing mistake: When Loretta hears a caller from outside and then heads out to the front porch to see who's calling her name, the man coming up the hill is wearing coal mining gear. However, in the next shot, it is a different man dressed in a navy sweater and freshman's cap.

eaglegrad16 Premium member

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Suggested correction: This is not a mistake. Loretta and Doolittle did not have a phone and would use their neighbor's as needed (he complained about it). Loretta hears her name being called and, going outside, sees someone in the distance who looks and sounds like her coal miner father coming toward the house. The image changes as she realises it is actually the neighbor, who is coming to relay her family's news about her father's passing. Loretta was having a premonition/vision of her father's death just before learning he died. It appears he had been ill with a lung disease (from coal dust), and she was likely expecting the bad news at some point.

raywest Premium member

The 2 photos I uploaded about this mistake are missing. Loretta and Doo did not have a phone. But the man coming up the hill in the distance in the first shot is indeed wearing miner's gear, with the following dressed man dressed in regular clothing. Obviously an editing mistake.

eaglegrad16 Premium member

As I explained in my answer, it was not a mistake. Loretta was seeing a vision of her deceased coal miner father (wearing his coal miner gear) before realizing it is actually the neighbor, who is dressed differently. As I recall, Loretta even tells her mother at the funeral later that she saw her father image's coming to her. The photos may have been removed because they did not actually show a mistake.

raywest Premium member

Regarding the pictures you uploaded being missing: I recall seeing photos being in the pending submissions page matching this entry, and the pictures would have been rejected for not following the picture submission guidelines, as they were blurry and appeared to have been pictures of your television taken with your phone.

Phaneron Premium member

Ted Webb: I ain't ever gonna see you again.
Loretta Lynn: Yes you will, daddy.
Ted Webb: Maybe, but I ain't never gonna see my little girl again.

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Trivia: There is a scene in which Loretta is on the porch playing guitar, and kicks the washing machine. In her book 'Still Women Enough', the real Loretta explains that they did not have electricity at that house, let alone a washing machine.


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