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This was the second time I've watched this but my boyfriend had never seen it. Enjoyed it very much the second time around as well as the first. He was very impressed when I told him that Sissy Spacek sang all her own songs in the movie. I didn't realize until I read the credits this time around that Beverly D'Angelo (Chevy Chase's long-suffering wife in the "Vacation" movies) also sang all her own songs as Patsy Cline in this movie. Sissy Spacek is an wonderful actress and she played this part very well. Tommy Lee Jones was also cast well as her ambitious and adventuresome boyfriend/husband/manager, Doo.
So well done with amazing cast! Loretta Lynn always truthful in her songs she wrote just as with this movie; a amazing insight into her life in Appalacia hills as a girl and street to stardom being just who she is. Moments of amazing humor as an innocent, awesome life on the street entertaining. A love story with her husband; her trials pushing herself too hard for her fans she genuinely loved. Sissy Spacek's and Beverly DeAngelo's singing terrific as were their performances as Lynn and Patsy Cline. Tommy Lee Jones is incomparable!!
OMG, Fried Green Tomatoes and Coal Miners Daughter are two amazing QUALITY movies. Smokey and Bandit is really fun. Amazing group of films for the price.P.S. Smoky and Bandit and Best Small Whorhouse in Texas are both on the third disk. Don't think your missing one just by opeing the case.
Sissy Spacek and Beverly D’Angelo were amazing here. Yes, each did their own singing in this movie and did it well. I never had the sense that I was watching a film. It was more like watching the lives of these talented people unfolding in front of me. It was so realistic. This is one of the better autobiographical movies I’ve ever seen, especially about the melody business. It was exactly like watching Patsy Cline and Loretta Lynn. Uncanny performances by everyone.
I like 3 of the 4 movies! Coal Miner's Daughter, Smokey & The Bandit & The Best Small Whorehouse In Texas are all amazing timeless films in my opinion! I have no interest in Fried Green Tomatoes - they should have place 9 To 5 as the 4th movie! 4 films on 2 disc!
Sissy Spacek deserved the Oscar for this performance. Loretta Lynn's life story is awesome and Spacek channelled Lynn's voice, demeanor and looks like she was made for the role. A amazing movie if you are a Lynn or country melody fan, but equally amazing if you have fun films based on a true person's life. This is a movie I can watch every year.
All these films are good, that is why I ordered it. Pictured on cover and printed on pack was that there were four films included. When we opened it, there were only three DVD,s, and one was missing. The missing one was "THE BEST LITTLE WHOREHOUSE IN TEXAS", which was what we really wanted. Very disappointed, and hoping we can obtain it replaced. otherwise i would give a 5 rating. I hope i can hear from Amazon.
I really enjoyed the Song of Springhill. It was a amazing love story and the info showed the time frame and what was around in those years. It was also perfect in sharing how the miners and their families lived, how they responded, felt and dealt with all that happened. I wanted to finish the book to see how it ended. However, I didn't wish it to end because all the characters felt like family and friends. I highly recommend this book. Amazing job Cheryl. Rita Richard
This collection of interviews from those who lived through one of the worst coal mining disasters in history makes for fascinating and moving reading. It puts you inside the minds and hearts of not only the trapped miners, but also helps you understand what it felt like to wait those torturous hours for word if loved ones survived. My favorite part is the author's private connection to this town, through her grandfather, a Springhill miner. The spirit of Springhill shines bright in this very worthwhile read. It makes me hope that the companion novel the author mentioned, Song of Springhill, comes out soon. I'd love to read that.
Upon reading the stories, the determination and resolve of the members of the city was very inspirational. Through all the tragedy, they bounced back & rebuilt their town, their lives. The people of Springhill are a special people. There was no one in that city who was not affected in some way. This book gets to the heart of the people. I highly recommend it.
I enjoyed the novel, Song of Springhill, so much that I simply had to this companion book. It must have taken a tremendous amount of effort to compile all of the interviews, but I loved each and every one. My dad grew up in a mill city - quite various but still around the same time period and the same sort of reliance on your neighbor and God - so I connected deeply with the private tales that were shared. Not to be missed!
Could not place it down until I read every interview, kept me interested throughout the book's entirety. I then read Cheryl McKay's romance novel inspired by these interviews. Her development of the characters and city was awesome and the characters were so simple to connect with. I recommend both books for good, clean reading and very interesting historical facts.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I saw another review of this book, with a rating, I believe, of one star as the reader found it "boring", and found myself offended for the author, the victims and survivors. This book is the entire city of Springhill's history, where a lot of lives were lost (and a lot of rescued) in the one industry town. The interviews with the family members and survivors growing up and or working the mines, were so descriptive I could vividly picture them in my mind, it seemed like a wonderfully close knit community. Unless having known, or lived the life of a miner family, one can never imagine the acceptance, the fear, the bond that mining produces. I personally loved this book, kudos to Cheryl McKay, and a lot of prayers for all the men and their families.
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Oh, what a disappointment! The premise of this novel, which takes put in 1912 in the fictional mining city of Coal River, Pennsylvania, is not only solid, but also important: illegal and often deadly kid labor in the coal mines. Unfortunately, author Ellen Marie Wiseman turned this vital historical topic into a pitiful soap lled with grief after her parents' gruesome death in a Manhattan theater fire, 19-year-old Emma Malloy has reluctantly come to Coal River to live with her Aunt Ida, who views her niece as labor, and Uncle Otis, who is a bigwig with the local mining company. Because Emma's younger brother, Albert, died in a horrific drowning in Coal River nine years earlier, Emma is viewed as a curse among the superstitious townspeople. Meanwhile, Emma is appalled at the frightening conditions in which boys as young as five and six toil in the mine, as well as the a lot of unscrupulous and risky policies of the mining company—done all to create for the owners. And she is determined to war it. The plot's twists and turns are utterly ridiculous. Such things could never happen!As I said, the premise is solid. But the writing is abysmal. The author uses a technique that I will call the "what if soliloquy." Action occurs in the plot, and then Emma has long, drawn-out and tedious thoughts analyzing what just happened by asking herself a lot of pointless "what if" questions. This doesn't further the plot; it bores and frustrates the reader. If this happened on a stage, the actors would all freeze except for one, who would talk to the audience. It's fine once in a while…but this happens over and over and over again.I will give Ellen Marie Wiseman kudos for the extensive research and authentic historical info she provides in the book. It's just a shame that the story wasn't told as well.
I was born and gre up in a coal town. My father, a miner often spoke of life in coal camps. This book protrays them accurately. My grandfathers worked hard to obtain safety standards improved through supporting the United Mine Workers union. One granddather worked in the mines the times of mules and kids being used. Book written very well, I felt I was there.
The premise of the book is intriguing and it is certainly well-written and well-researched. It may be cliche, but the setting and history come to life. I learned a lot about coal mining and the working conditions of miners, and it's brutal. The only negative is an necessary one: I wanted to love Emma, the protagonist, but sometimes she was hard to believe. It's as though someone from the 21st century was suddenly plopped into 1912 Coal River with the intention of reforming the backwards ways. Considering all the times she puts herself in harm's method only to narrowly escape, she is extremely lucky. Of course, it helps that the mill owner and her uncle are such not good people that even their sons and Frank swoop in to protect her from them. I found myself shaking my head in disbelief a lot of times, but on the other hand, I did finish the book.
UPDATE: Someone suggested I place "spoiler alert" on this review because of the latest sentence of this review. I don't really consider it to be a spoiler but I don't wish to ruin anyone's story.Emma Malloy ends up back in Coal River, Pennsylvania after nine years away. Her and her parents left Coal River after the heartbreaking death of her younger brother and ended up working in the theatre business in Fresh York City. After the tragic death of her parents, she ends up living with a mean-spirited aunt and uncle in Coal River, having to work away the "debt" of their supporting her.Bleak Mountain Mining Company is in Coal River and it doesn't take Emma long at all to see the not good injustices being perpetrated versus the miners and their kids by the mine owner and the supervisors, including her is is a rich historical tale, making the reader really feel what life was like in this little mining town. There are a lot of passages in the book that are difficult to read because of the kid labor and harsh working conditions.Emma is 19 years old (a young 19 at that) and acts like it in this story, being very impetuous and not necessarily thinking before she speaks. That was frustrating at times. I felt like reaching into the pages of the book and clapping a hand over her mouth.I enjoyed and appreciated the story up until the very end and then there was an abrupt ending that didn't fit with the rest of the story. Disappointing.
The premise of the book is a very amazing one. However, it somehow became lost in the ever predictable romance and the inevitable sappy twist at the end. The coal mines were horrific locations for adults and children. Greed overcame the need for safety and the miners were considered as chattel to be used until they were used up or dead. This was the story that began the book. Then, the author decided to interject the same cloyingly sweet 'my heart goes pitter pat' items that you read in all the romance books on the market. What a shame to ruin what could have been a amazing story of a powerful woman who wanted to create a difference in the lives of the ide from the predictable plot changes, a issue with errors interrupts the reading. Misused words, not good punctuation and misspellings cause the readers to lose focus. This book should have been properly proofread prior to publication.
The history of coal mining is a topic that is fascinating to me. I read very quickly through the first half of the book, but became bogged down with the unnecessary and sometimes jarring plot twists in the middle. The romance did not need to be thrown into this story, and I feel it would have been better off without it. The ending of the book was very predictably wrapped up, and seemed to just gloss over some of the plot points I would have liked to had fleshed out a small more.
This was a heartfelt, gut-wrenching, wonderful story about how, versus all odds, one person can bring about change under the most horrifying conditions. It is 1912' and Emma Malloy is 19, recently orphaned after a tragic fire which killed both of her parents. When she recovers from her own injuries, she faces a life of destitution, and returns to Coal River to Iive with her aunt and uncle. She stayed with then when she was a child, and she has nothing but poor memories of Coal River. When she returns, conditions are even worse than she thought. Coal River is a mining town, and the miners live and work in deplorable conditions, poverty-stricken, starving, and always beholden to the mining company. What really matters to Emma, though, are the children, in particular the breaker boys, boys as young as 6 who work long hours doing extremely risky work. Despite the fact that her uncle is one of the supervisors at the mine, Emma is determined to support the families in any method she can. This sets in motion unfolding happenings that could prove as risky to Emma as it is to the kids she is trying to save. This book pulled at all my heartstrings, and was a fascinating and sometimes disturbing acc of coal mines in the early 1900s. The characters in the book are all complex and interesting. The author does awesome job describing the setting of the story, so much so that you will be able to taste the coal dust in the air. I highly recommend this book.
I really enjoyed this book. I learned so much about this particular time in history and the coal mining industry, for all my love of history, I wasn't prepared for this book. The working conditions of miners angered me, kids in mines really @#$%ed me off and the fact that mine owners could be so greedy as to not care for the safety of their employees was really something that pushed my buttons. I loved this book, I love how it created me research this particular time and learn more about it. As human beings we have never been very kind to one another. Im glad this book taught me a small more about the importance of love and fairness and helping your fellow man regardless of social is is my first book by this author and I look forward to more.
First off, Ellen Marie Wiseman's What She Left Behind is one of my most favorite books ever. I did not expect Coal River to top that, but it did. This is one absolutely wonderful book , cover to cover , and although it is a true page turner, you must read it word for word and slowly to absorb all of the info and descriptions that Wiseman weaves into the story. Ellen so easily transports the reader to a time and put that most of us have small concept of. She vividly describes the people and the locations so the reader feels that they are actually there. The book is chock full of history, but there is romance and so much mystery too. The book is as frightening as it is fascinating, the story keeps the reader totally captivated. The main hero Emma is young and broken, yet so strong. I loved every single page in this book!! The first pages created me just wish to read more and more, and when I finally got to the latest pages, I was so overwhelmed. The ending did not disappoint!
"Coal River" by Ellen Marie WisemanI wanted to give this a 5-star rating, but just couldn't do it. And I might have created the mistake of comparing the quality and enjoyment of this novel to "The Plum Tree", which I really enjoyed e author's stage descriptions were numerous, with vivid mental images. It was sometimes simple to obtain lost in the stage descriptions. But... perhaps too much? Perhaps too long and involved? I often skimmed some of the long descriptive passages, but then sometimes required or wanted to go back and read them. But still,.... Perhaps too much?I don't like to complain too much, but others might wish to know. The ending? For my taste, it was method too long and drawn out. It was okay, but could have been done with less and still been l that said, and even with a 4-star rating, I'm most definitely going to read her next novel without much thought to it. She's a amazing writer and I hope she continues to write such amazing trick
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Bill Blizzard is a hero!. There is no question in my mind. His recall of the happenings of the early 1900ss defines the reality of what culminated in the Blair Mountain War. Perhaps the stain of Constitutional law violations by the Mine owners, and the corporate moguls who tried to rule the coal fields of southern West Virginia was so amazing that the true story never created it to the front pages of the Nation's newspapers. Their could all the "rights" in the world. Bill Blizzard has set the context of the injured parties who were denied their Constitutional rights to freedom of speech, Freedom of Assembly, fair trials, a fair days for work performed, a safe environment to work in and not enslaved by Government to the Mine Operators/Owners. This book is well written and covers aspects not reported in the news, but recorded in the journals of the UMWA.