Dolly Parton’s “Coat of Many Colors” Becomes Highest-Rated TV Movie in Last 3 Years
Well, now we know why Ricky Schroder never graduated to the big screen despite his heartthrob status, and why Jennifer Nettles is known more as a singer instead of an actor (though it’s fair to call into question her singing skills as well). But isn’t it refreshing to see something based around the history of a country music legend, and a film that the whole family can enjoy together, find such success. And say what you will about the schmaltzy, Hallmark TV-movie aspect of the flick, it resulted in a good moral, and Alyvia Alyn Lind who played the 9-year-old Dolly Parton really stole the screen and made the movie worth watching.
Bolstering the theory that when the narratives of traditional country music are actually given a chance in popular culture, they shine from the way they unite people and speak to individuals universally, Dolly Parton’s made for TV Coat of Many Colors blew the doors off of ratings Thursday night (12-10) on its way to becoming the most watched TV movie or miniseries in the last three years.
Coat of Many Colors drew the biggest audience on Thursday by some 1 million viewers, growing in each time slot as the movie went on, and peaking at 13.2 million viewers during its final half-hour. That means more folks were tuning in instead of tuning out. To put it in perspective, the movie got roughly as many viewers as the 2015 CMA Awards, whose rating fell from previous years.
The film was set in the Great Smoky Mountains in 1955 when Dolly was growing up, and is an expansion of her legacy song “Coat of Many Colors.” When the film was first announced, it was said to be part of a wider series spanning Dolly’s life. With the success of Coat of Many Colors, this likely means we will see more Dolly-based films in the coming months and years.
READ: Movie Review Dolly Parton’s “Coat of Many Colors”
You can now watch the film in its entirety below.
December 12, 2015 @ 10:57 am
Didn’t have a chance to see the film Trigger . I’m guessing / assuming / HOPING that it featured a lot of Dolly’s music affording it exposure to many who may have heretofore been unaware of her amazing songs and skills as a writer .As most longtime country fans know , few can write, sing and perform music that connects with the heart the way Dolly can . This woman continues to be a writing and spiritual inspiration to me personally and , as evidenced by the numbers of viewers , to many people . And that’s a GOOD if not a GREAT thing for REAL country music . I cannot imagine, years from now, watching a TV movie on any of the current crop of ‘country’ singers based on their music and/or lives. Arguably Ms Swift may be the only one to sustain fan support long enough to garner an audience for such , but I can’t imagine a ” poor little rich girl “story connecting ‘ with the REAL world in the same way as a ” COAT OF MANY COLORS ” .
December 12, 2015 @ 11:05 am
I’d caution folks to not get their hopes up too much if you haven’t seen this film. It’s pretty schmaltzy, but I do think the little girl who played Dolly did an excellent job.
There is a decent amount of music and singing in it, but a lot of it is old traditional stuff, not Dolly tunes aside from “Coat of Many Colors” obviously. I thought it did a good job showing how music was the way poor people living in remote locations entertained themselves before mass media, and how country music grew out of that.
December 13, 2015 @ 11:22 am
Best on TV movie in a very long time. If you were familiar with Dolly at all, you would know this little girl played her to a T. She as excellent. Your opinion is one in 13.2 million of them.
Old, traditional is good, really good. Much better than todays way of doing things.
December 15, 2015 @ 2:53 pm
Why did you feel the need to dis Schroeder and Nettles at the first of your article?
December 15, 2015 @ 3:52 pm
I appreciate your concern.
When I posted this article, it was meant to be a quick, simple update about how it had done well in the ratings, what that meant in regards to the appeal of traditional country, and that’s it. News stories are inherently boring, and so around here, sometimes I try to jazz them up with sarcasm and humor. As I have said in numerous comments here, I think Schroeder and Nettles did a fine job. But this wasn’t a review of the movie as some people have taken it. There were a couple of segments of the movie I missed, and so I wasn’t in a position to offer my complete opinion on it. I may post a full on review of it in the future, after I’ve had a chance to see the whole thing and think about it.
This article has been the most viral article posted on Saving Country Music in the last six months. I haven’t a clue why. There were like six or seven other outlets that reported this news before I did. If I had known some silly post that took me 15 minutes to write was going to be shared on Facebook 80,000 times, I probably would have left the silly, snarky stuff out. But I’m not into rewriting my articles because I feel it is disingenuous. But I will try to make it up by posting an actual review in the future.
mary a hitchcock
December 12, 2015 @ 1:01 pm
Best movie I have seen in yrs. Aside from the few curse words I enjoyed it. And hope they will make more about Dollys life. Love her.
December 14, 2015 @ 8:46 am
Please show the movie again !
December 15, 2015 @ 9:04 am
For anyone who missed this, I watched it on Hulu.com
December 12, 2015 @ 11:26 am
I was VERY skeptical when I heard Nettles was involved. I’m extremely pleased to hear that it was a success. (I haven’t had a chance to see it.)
I’m hoping the next installment is called “I Will Always Love You” and details some of her life while playing on the Porter Wagoner Show.
December 12, 2015 @ 12:09 pm
Yes, I think future installments could get into some pretty nuts and bolts country music history stuff, though they are going out of their way to say it’s not a biography, but based on Dolly’s life.
December 12, 2015 @ 1:09 pm
I remember watching the old black and white episodes as a kid (no, I’m not that old, they were just on the air) with Norma Jean.
She was really good.
Linda Carroll Moore, on the other hand (who replaced Dolly Parton when the Porter Wagoner show moved out to Opryland) was AWFUL.
I couldn’t stand what that show became, especially since it was one of my favorite shows. The guest stars were by and large untalented hacks who probably just brought a guitar to Opryland and asked to go on. Very few of them were even people I’d ever heard of before or since. George McCormick, Buck Trent and the steel player I think was named Pete had all left, to be replaced with Bruce Hoffman and Dave Kirby. Porter himself had quit bringing his guitar and did no playing at all… It was like he’d stepped down from being a top-tier star and had become a theme park attraction…
I remember hearing Mel Tillis on that show singing “I Could Have Gone Right.” A song that I haven’t been able to find on a record before or since.
December 12, 2015 @ 9:57 pm
It is a pretty song that Mel wrote HIZself.
December 12, 2015 @ 11:37 am
I loved this movie. And Jennifer Nettles was wonderful. She is a fantastic singer as well.
December 12, 2015 @ 6:34 pm
Yes, I as very pleased with Jennifer Nettles’ performance — warm and heartfelt and, of course, she’s got the Southern accent.
December 12, 2015 @ 11:43 am
I feel asleep by the second commercial break. I seriously can’t watch anything with commercials anymore.
A friend of mine likened it to an episode of the Waltons.
December 12, 2015 @ 12:08 pm
Pretty Walton-like. I agree with the commercials. I don’t know if this thing was pumped with more of them on purpose, but the way it bisects the flow of a movie seems especially intrusive. TV shows are at least built around them.
December 12, 2015 @ 12:24 pm
The commercials were rather intrusive, and the movie itself clocks in at 1 hour, 26 minutes without the interruptions. It’s kinda odd they didn’t have some sort of sponsorship deal that would have allowed for “limited commercial interruption”… but then again, with those great ratings, they probably wanted to cram in as much ad revenue as possible! 😛
December 12, 2015 @ 12:44 pm
“I fell asleep by the second commercial break. I seriously can”™t watch anything with commercials anymore.”
Ain’t that a fact ? They’ve commercialled network TV to death adding more minutes to every hour over the past several years….as has radio , of course . It kills interest , momentum , narrative flow and creativity leaving only folks who don’t understand or give a damn about those things as viewers . In a just world , if you have cable or a subscription service , ALL television should be commercial-free. We are being dinged twice for the ‘pleasure’ of watching programs on cable ( which is grossly overpriced – in Canada , at least ). Same with having to watch commercials in a movie theater , which , again , is the norm in Canada . Why , when we’ve purchased a ticket already , are we subjected to ads ?? Why , when I pay a cable company close 700.00 and far higher annually , am I subjected to commercial interruptions ? Needless to say , we’ve reduced our cable to basics ( news , sports ) and don’t miss ‘ regular ‘ TV with all of the fairer options available ( internet , Netflix , PVR /DVD ) .
December 13, 2015 @ 12:55 am
Albert, I could not agree with you more. I haven’t had a TV for three years and I honestly don’t miss it. It aggravated me so much to be paying to see a show and not being able to sit and watch it before being bored to death from commercial “breaks” to the point that I was tired of waiting to see a few minutes of the show. More like “show breaks” in an endless loop of commercials.
December 13, 2015 @ 11:08 am
I can’t survive without TV for a week. I’d miss Hee-Haw.
Last night Bobby Braddock was on Ray Stevens’ Nashville. Imagine my surprise to learn that he wrote “Golden Ring” “Time Marches On” and “I wanna Talk About Me”
Okay kids. one of these things is not like the other.
December 12, 2015 @ 1:30 pm
Other than sports I can’t imagine ever watching anything live anymore I just DVR everything and if I want to watch it the same day I wait 20 minutes for an hour program or 40 minutes for a two hour movie like this and then start watching and fast forward through the commercials.
And even for sports I hit mute during commercial breaks.
Guess I’m part of the problem with the death of advertiser driven content but, oh well.
December 12, 2015 @ 2:10 pm
With sporting events on TV during the commercials I can check other scores or stats of the game and still feel connected to what I’m watching.
This is way off topic (sorry) but I read an article last year that stated live sporting events and ESPN are the only things preventing cable from becoming unbundled. Once we can effortlessly steam sporting events, bye, bye cable.
December 12, 2015 @ 10:58 pm
“Guess I”™m part of the problem with the death of advertiser driven content but, oh well. ”
I think the media and the sponsors of radio and television themselves are the problem . They’ve abused our tolerance and goodwill by pushing prices for the service AND time allotted to advertisements to the absolute limit . They’ve purposefully manipulated the options for the respective packages forcing unwanted programming upon us .They are killing their outlet by recklessly driving customers from it in droves . I think anyone still plugging into these over-priced and over -commercialized services ( and those numbers are dwindling very quickly here in the Great White North ) when better options abound deserves the music and TV programming they get .
December 12, 2015 @ 12:19 pm
The movie was surprisingly true-to-life in its depiction of rural Tennessee life during that time period, and Jennifer Nettles did a shockingly excellent job as Dolly’s mother. Seriously, Jennifer should ditch the pop-country scene and pursue acting! Let’s hope that the sequels are just as good if not better!
December 12, 2015 @ 1:59 pm
I thought Nettles did a fine job all things considered. I hate to say it, but most of the time I couldn’t get her crazy woman from “Sugar” and “Stuck Like Glue” out of my head. Typecasting at its finest. I’m not sure I’m willing to say she did great, but she did good for a TV movie. The entire thing could have been much worse than what it turned out to be.
December 12, 2015 @ 2:16 pm
It is really hard to separate Nettles the obnoxious singer/actress from Nettles the serious singer/actress, especially considering how egregious her songs and music videos have been. We were extremely skeptical of her casting, but we were pleasantly surprised as she seems to have really embraced and understood the part. It’s unfortunate that she keeps running back to ridiculous nonsense when she clearly shines brightest in more serious songs and roles.
May 4, 2016 @ 11:41 pm
Why must we be soo negative in our postings. Jennifer Nettles is one of the most powerful and heart felt singers in the industry.
She is professionally trained and passionate.
“The most important thing for us all to remember is that Dolly chose her to play her own mother and we need to honor that decision. If Dolly thinks it is right then we should applaud.”
December 12, 2015 @ 2:40 pm
Considering those songs/videos, I would’ve expected a lot less subtle work from Jennifer; but for the most part I thought she was fine. 🙂 And I loved the kid (who also played Will Ferrell and Kristen Wiig’s diabetic daughter in the Lifetime thriller-spoof ‘A Deadly Adoption’ this summer).
December 12, 2015 @ 12:34 pm
December 12, 2015 @ 12:38 pm
They loved Dolly on the voice last week too. It’s nice to see.
December 12, 2015 @ 12:42 pm
I set my DVR to record it, figuring I’d watch the entire thing in spurts during down time, just to “support the cause” of a traditional country artist so to speak. But Thursday night I happened to turn it on when it started at 8 and I ended up sticking with it to the end. It was really enjoyable. The young actress who played Dolly did a great job and if you look at pictures of Dolly at that age she’s a dead wringer.
Based on the ratings I’m hoping they’re able to do some more of these, focusing on her pre-fame family life, and maybe eventually culminating with “Dolly Parton’s I Will Always Love You” which could focus on her early days in Nashville up until she left The Porter Wagoner Show.
December 12, 2015 @ 1:24 pm
I really enjoyed it and was even surprised how much I liked Jennifer nettles in it. The little girl was great. Almost sort of reminded me of a less obnoxious and cool honey boo-boo.
There was some great little snippets of life as parents too. Little things that hurt to the bone but you know the kids don’t understand the significance of things yet.
Honest Charlie's Productions
December 12, 2015 @ 1:33 pm
Weird… I thought both nettles and Shroder did a pretty nice job.. It was a bit cheesy at times but I enjoyed it
December 12, 2015 @ 1:41 pm
Rick Schroeder also appeared in the ‘Whiskey Lullaby’ video for the Paisley/Krauss song and also was part of the NYPD Blue cast for a few years as an adult so I would say the fact that he was a child star 30 years ago should be a non factor by now.
Not saying that was your point but I have seen others make smart ass comments about that like that matters in the here and now.
December 12, 2015 @ 2:13 pm
I’m just being my regular smart ass self. If I didn’t think the movie was worthy of praise, I would have never brought it up. A couple of moments, like when Nettles and Shroder were fighting in the truck, and he was kicking dust and she was threatening to drive, were a little cringe worthy. But for what this was (a TV movie), they both did fine jobs. This could have turned out terrible, and for TV, it was pretty good, and obviously viewers felt the same way.
December 12, 2015 @ 1:34 pm
I would actually like to see a movie based on Dolly’s early times in Nashville before she hit it big on the Waggoner show.
Would be cool if they could call it ‘Dumb Blonde’ but in our PC obsessed world that nuance would be totally lost.
December 12, 2015 @ 1:56 pm
I didn’t see it, since I don’t have TV at home at present, but my aunt was telling me about it. She mentioned that Dolly’s sister Stella was in the movie, as well. Overall, though, it’s just good to know that a movie that depicts country music and rural America in a positive light is finding a large audience.
December 12, 2015 @ 2:20 pm
This is the first comment I’ve posted on this site (apply long-time listener, first-time caller metaphor HERE), but I did want to corroborate those statements that Nettles was excellent, despite what the post says. I’d venture to say that Schroder gave a solid performance as well. I found the production to be schmaltzy, but the acting was above par.
December 12, 2015 @ 2:22 pm
According to the fan site Dollymania, Dolly & NBC have agreed to film a series of four movies based on her songs. After “Coat,” the next installment will be “Jolene,” followed by “The Seeker” and “Here You Come Again.” I’m a little disappointed none of these are “story songs,” but I tend to take whatever Dolly gives, so whatever.
December 12, 2015 @ 4:48 pm
I loved this movie – and right now while our world seems so evil and violent , our children ( and parents) need to see more movies like this – can anyone tell me the name of the song that Dolly sang about her baby brother dying ?
December 16, 2015 @ 8:02 pm
I also would like to know the name of song dolly sang when her baby brother died.. touched my heart. I lost a baby boy 8 years ago..that song was just beautiful and spot on.
December 12, 2015 @ 6:14 pm
I loved the movie I thought Rick and Jennifer done a wonderful job. As of Rick I remember when he was younger playing the boxers son. And Jennifer I love the spunky attitude when she sings. The little Dolly was cute as she could be. Who knew Dolly was a little spit fire . Close family! That’s cool to see! Especially the way the world is going right now.
December 12, 2015 @ 6:42 pm
Can you order the coats of many color on dvd.
December 12, 2015 @ 8:20 pm
I have not seen any information on a DVD release at this point, but you can watch it online for free.
December 12, 2015 @ 7:53 pm
I wish they would make this a series its worth watching one of the best that I have watch in cry and a long time
December 12, 2015 @ 8:10 pm
The original long-term plan was to make this a series of movies. Seeing how the first one did so well, I wouldn’t be surprised if that plan moves forward.
December 13, 2015 @ 3:46 pm
The upcoming movies are just based on her songs and are not biographical at all.
December 12, 2015 @ 9:47 pm
I really thought Coat of Many Colors was a good movie and hope to see more movies from Dolly, and the little girl that plays Dolly she also plays on the Young and the Restless as Nick and Sharon’s daughter and cans really sing, great little actress and yes Dolly is a great person as well.
December 13, 2015 @ 5:29 am
I really enjoyed this movie, it’s exactly what this world needs to see right now. As far as the acting goes, I thought Nettles and Schroeder did a fine job. It was good seeing Gerald McRaney on the screen again(aka Rick Simon, Simon and Simon). It had been awhile since I had seen him in anything, so I didn’t know if he still was acting or not. But, on the whole, this movie brought up values that seem to missing in this McDonald’s world.
December 13, 2015 @ 6:08 am
Amen Tiffany! I agree 100%! Dolly is a national treasure and so was her movie. It touched my heart and had me laughing and crying and living it right along with them…something that movies rarely do in this day and time! And I thought that Jennifer and Rick were both amazing in their roles and so was little Alyvia and Gerald! They couldn’t have cast it any better in my opinion for they all nailed it. Thank you Dolly for sharing your memories, your precious family, and your Tennessee Mountain Home with us! 🙂
December 13, 2015 @ 6:08 am
I really enjoyed Coat of Many Colors very much. It is a movie that all the family can sit down together and watch as a family withno bad language. Just wondering why Dolly hasn’t done a song about the little girl who became her close friend? I hope that this does turn into a mini series.
December 13, 2015 @ 3:49 pm
The girl who became her friend is still her best friend today. She has traveled everywhere with her during her career.
December 13, 2015 @ 8:57 am
I assumed I was going to hate the movie. I thought it was well made and a decent watch though.
December 13, 2015 @ 10:01 am
I lurved the movie. I thought Jennifer and the little girl knocked it out of the park. They both made me sob my eyes out. I won’t be able to listen to Dolly’s song without crying now. I can see it becoming a Christmas Country Classic. I don’t see a mini-series but maybe some future stories for Christmas. Families already have Little House on the Prairie re-runs.
December 13, 2015 @ 2:31 pm
Will this movie air again? I missed it and forgot to record it.
December 13, 2015 @ 2:44 pm
You can watch it online at the bottom of this article. I have not seen anything about a re-air at this point, though I wouldn’t be surprised if it is shown again in the future.
December 16, 2015 @ 9:26 pm
NBC has scheduled a re-air of ‘Coat Of Many Colors’ for Christmas Eve at 9:00 PM if anyone that missed it is interested in watching or recording it.
December 16, 2015 @ 9:49 pm
Thanks Scotty. There seems to be a ton of older folks who either loved the movie, or heard about it, but are not especially savvy with the whole stream online thing. We’ll try to get the word out to folks.
December 16, 2015 @ 10:14 pm
And I should add it’s 9:00 PM eastern and pacific time which I guess would mean 8:00 PM central and mountain time.
December 13, 2015 @ 6:09 pm
I can’t wait to get home & watch the movie but it blows my mind to read that someone is questioning Jennifer Nettles singing abilities? That just is really confusing considering all her impressive work. Maybe they need to hear more of her music?
December 14, 2015 @ 10:45 pm
Haters gonna hate Candie . I agree with you . Ms. Nettles is a great talent. She reminds me in a sense of Reba . A great singer and a pretty darn good actress . You can bet this did not go unnoticed. Expect to see her more often . That being said the whole cast was great and we need more of this type of movie .Yes it was a little syrupy, yes it was a little predictable (only because we know Dolly’s story) . But iit made us laugh , sing and cry. I have not seen anything lately that made me do that.
December 13, 2015 @ 8:33 pm
I really enjoyed this movie, it had me crying a few times. Sure it’s kind of cheesy at times, but you know what, I miss cheesy. Everything nowadays is trying so hard to be edgy that some innocence and honesty is kind of refreshing. That’s what initially got me into country music as a young teen, the idea that things were as they were and didn’t need to cool. I want to hear the cute and the painful stories from peoples’ childhoods again, not the dancefloor at the club. And I’m 21. I’m very pleased to see the good ratings, one more step towards the execs recognizing that the country audience is still alive and well before the genre dies entirely.
December 13, 2015 @ 9:49 pm
I liked it, aside from the wooden acting, but that comes with all TV movies. Definitely hoping to see more films about her, and with any luck they’ll be even more popular than this.
December 13, 2015 @ 9:52 pm
I thought it was a very good movie, like the movies used to be. We need more good feeling movies like this. Good movie and a good message.
December 14, 2015 @ 12:33 am
Just watched ,great movie.
December 14, 2015 @ 5:58 am
This one of the few best movies I have ever seen! It touches on many issues bullying, causes of bullying, and a special issue that we have, concerning the loss of a baby in the family and how it affects the siblings, some children grieve a loss more than others! All of the actors had a superb performance, little Dolly and her mom were so special! I loved it hope it comes out on DVDs this is one movie I want to keep forever and watch over and over. Thanks to everyone for touching my heart!
December 14, 2015 @ 8:13 am
The other night I was flicking through channels and caught Dolly on the voice, singing Coat of Many Colors. It is a testament to her, how after all theses years and the exposure and just the Dollywoods of the past, she still can be so sincere and real when she performs and bring you back to her roots.
December 14, 2015 @ 8:19 am
The movie was a welcoming GREAT WHOLESOME made-for-tv movie, that might I say, we need MORE OF in this day & age! I thought Jennifer Nettles & Ricky Schroeder did a great job! Lil’ Dolly & her ‘angel’ friend were perfect! I loved it & think we need more of these types of show on tv, today! A great number of lessons taught throughout the show – and I may be a bit biased b/c Coat of Many Colors has been one of my most beloved songs, from childhood – my grandpa used to play his guitar & sing that song to me before I went to sleep, on the visits he’d make to our house! And the additional heartbreaking, yet ever so real, storyline of the miscarrying baby – hit home with it recently affecting a friend! Lovely movie & I can’t wait for it to come on DVD, I will definitely be getting a copy!
December 14, 2015 @ 8:22 am
I thought the movie was great. If being strong in love of family and faith is cheesy , then we need more of it than so called ‘reality TV’. Its about time the Entertainment Industry found some decent writers and producers, instead if ones that sit on their shackles and rely on the so called ‘real world’ to do their job!.
December 14, 2015 @ 1:04 pm
Didn”™t see the movie so can”™t comment on that, but I do take issue with the reporter”™s lack of taste in good country music voices when writing about Jennifer Nettles. She has one of the few pure country voices left in the business. Except for a few of the singers out today, they”™re just top country wannabe”™s because they couldn”™t make it in another genre. Everything is top 40, or worse yet, some sort of hip hop, rap crap (don”™t get me wrong I think there is some great talent in both but it doesn”™t belong in country), set to some steel guitar. Jennifer is one singer who actually has a real “twang” as opposed to most of the others that generate it at will. As for Rick Schoeder, loved him on NYPD Blue but haven”™t seen him lately to be able to judge ”“ except he”™s still adorable!
December 14, 2015 @ 2:17 pm
I watched it last night. I found the religious proselytizing to be completely off-putting. I was hoping there’d be more focus on traditional music. Sure, it played in the background, and the little girl sang in church one time. But, that was about it.
Also, the movie seemed to want to show how hardscrabble life in 1950s Appalachia was – especially as compared to other parts of county that were experiencing the great post-war economic boom. However, other than a couple of cursory references to the “drought” this point was pretty much lost. Everyone seemed well fed, warm, and happy.
This could have been a well-made film in the vein of “Coal Miner’s Daughter.” Alas, it was not to be.
December 14, 2015 @ 8:14 pm
Well I loved it! That little girl that played Dolly was AMAZING!! I cried all the way through it but, it was really good.
December 14, 2015 @ 9:58 pm
Love this movie it was great would to own this movie if i could find it i would buy in a heart beat
December 15, 2015 @ 4:09 am
Great family movie! I hope NBC will air it again! I thought everyone acting was great!
December 15, 2015 @ 5:13 am
I thoroughly enjoyed this movie. The child that played Dolly was awesome! I thought Jennifer Nettles and Rick S. also did a great job. It was nice to watch a movie about family, love and faith. I would love to get this movie on DVD. I give a big shout out to Dolly Pardon for bringing her story to life. I found nothing negative about this movie as some of the above comments posted. It definitely had some very sad parts to it but doesn’t each one of our lives have those hard and trying times? I would 100% recommend watching this movie. I watched it online and didn’t have to watch the commercials.
December 15, 2015 @ 6:09 am
This was the BEST family movie I have seen in a LONG LONG time! We need to have more of these! Casting of characters were perfect choices!! Thanks for airing this awesome movie!
December 15, 2015 @ 9:24 pm
Great story from & about Dolly. I’ve been a fan for years. I’ve seen her in concert several times. I’m ALWAYS happy to hear Dolly sing, watch her with Bert Reynolds in their movie, and this movie was no exception. Her concerts are “10s” but isn’t everything she does?!
December 16, 2015 @ 3:14 pm
I live in Sevier county TN where Dolly grew up. It is said that the material scraps that Dolly’s mother used to make the ‘coat of many colors’ came from the SunSet Gap community center thrift store – Sunset gap, which is a Presbyterian mountain mission, sits on the county lines between Sevier and Cocke counties, they still have a thrift store and a food bank that serves the area. http://www.sunsetgap.com/
The real ‘coat of many colors’ is on display at Dollywood.
December 17, 2015 @ 7:33 am
Why in the world would you “review” a movie you just admit you never watched in its entirety?? And Jennifer Nettles’ singing is spot-on. The way she sang the old hymns was perfection. I felt I was at my old home church.
December 17, 2015 @ 11:00 am
If you read the same exact comment where I said that I missed a couple of segments of the movie when it aired live, then you had to also read that I said this was NOT a review. It wasn’t marked as a review, it wasn’t presented as a review, and it shouldn’t be taken as a review. And I cited the fact that the movie did NOT have my undivided attention through the entire thing as the reason I wasn’t reviewing it. However, I have promised to put forth the effort to watch it in full, and offer a review, soon hopefully. I admit, putting snarky stuff at the beginning of this article was probably not appropriate, seeing how (for whatever reason) it became this super-viral thing on Facebook and has been seen by a lot of people who don’t understand the “voice” of Saving Country Music. But I’m also not going to go back and rewrite myself because I feel that’s tantamount changing history after the fact. I apologize, and I will attempt to make it right.
As for Jennifer’s singing, that’s a matter of opinion. She did a fine job in the movie.
December 17, 2015 @ 12:14 pm
December 17, 2015 @ 8:17 pm
Thank for letting me see the full movie! I missed it on Thursday night and my friend shared the link on Facebook. I just watched it the second time and I am not a movie watcher at all. It’s now my favorite Christmas movie! I felt the story was well written and well performed. I think the movie touched on family values and spiritual values in a marvelous way. Those hillbillies know how tell it like it is! (My husband is a hillbilly and grew up not far from Sevierville. We love to visit the mountains when we get a chance.)
MAXINE HARDY HAMMOND
February 9, 2016 @ 3:21 pm
I SAW THAT MOVIE AND ITS NOT THE FIRST TIME I HAVE SEEN DOLLY PARTON ON SCREEN, THIS WAS A HEARTFELT MOVIE OF THE WAY THE APPLACHIAN PEOPLE LIVED BACK THEN, POOR ,BUT GOOD PEOPLE. I VISITED THE APPLACHIAN MONTAINS YEARS AGO AND THE SCENES YOU GOT WHILE RIDING THROUGH THAT AREA WAS HEARTBREAKING, UNPAINTED HOUSES, AND PEOPLE IN OLD CLOTHES AND OVERALLS SITTING ON THEIR PORCHES, WE STOPPED ONE TIME AND GOT SOME WATER, AT FIRST WE WERE APPRHENSIVE ABOUT STOPPING, FOR THESE PEOPLE DO NOT SMILE MUCH AND WE WERE AFRAID, BUT ME, WELL I WAS BROUGHT UP IN SOUTH GEORGIA AND ON A FARM ,SO I ACQUAINTED MYSELF WITH THESE PEOPLE AND BRAVE AS COULD BE I GOT OUT AN WENT UP THE PORCH AND SAID “HOWDY” HOW ARE YOU FOLKS TODAY, AND MY COUNTRY BROUGE WAS JUST THE THING FOR THEY WELCOMED US AND GAVE US PERMISSION TO DRAW WATER FROM THEIR WELL, FOR THE CAR, MIND YOU, THIS WAS ON THE BACKROADS UP IN THE SMOKEY MOUNTAINS BACK IN THE 60,S BUT NOW I DO NOT KNOW HOW THOSE SAME PEOPLE OR SOMEONE LIKE THEM , WOULKD GREET US NOW. WE ALWAYS TOOK THE BACK ROADS IN OUR VACATIONS UP IN THE SMOKEY’S, OUR FAVORITE PLACE, WE HIKED AND STAYED IN PLACES OTHER PEOPLE WOULD NEVER STAY,BUT WE BOTH LOVED THE COUNTRY AND ESPECIALLY THE SMOKIES. THAT WAS YEARS AGO, MY AGE PREVENTS ANY HIKING NOW,BUY I WOULD LOVE TO TRAVERSE THOSE SAME ROADS AGAIN..