I was excited when I saw that they were going to make a
movie based on one of my favorite Dolly Parton songs, "Coat
of Many Colors." Mrs. Parton writes most of her songs based
on her real life experiences, and this song and movie tell
the story of how kids made fun of Dolly because she was
poor. One day she went to school in a coat that was
colorful because it was made out of fabric scraps that had
been given to her mother. The movie also tells of the time
when Dolly's mother, Avie Lee Parton (Jennifer Nettles) and
father Lee (Rick Schroder) lost Dolly's baby brother when he
didn't survive his birth. This tragedy tested the Parton
family's faith and her parents' marriage. This movie is
very heartwarming and inspiring - the perfect movie to
watch at Christmas.
Alyvia Alyn Lind (Faith Newman from "The
Young and the Restless") does a wonderful job playing
a young Dolly Parton. Gerald McRaney ("Agent X,"
et al.) also turns in a strong performance as Dolly's
Grandfather, Jake Owens.
If you are a fan of shows like "The Waltons," you will enjoy
this movie; but have some tissues handy because at times it
will make you cry. If you watch it with your children,
it will provide you with some teachable moments about how
they should treat others as they would like to be treated.
I give this movie 5 out of 5 stars. For those of you who
have never heard the song,
click on the link.
“Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many
Colors” is based on the inspiring true story of living
legend Dolly Parton’s remarkable upbringing. This
once-in-a-lifetime movie special takes place inside the
tight-knit Parton family as they struggle to overcome
devastating tragedy and discover the healing power of love,
faith, and a raggedy patchwork coat that helped make Parton
who she is today.
The film is set in the Tennessee Great Smokey Mountains in
1955. It is neither a biopic nor musical about Dolly’s whole
life and performing career, but rather a family-oriented
faith-based story about the incidents in her and her
family's life around the time she was 9 years old.
Alyvia Alyn Lind will portray 9-year-old Dolly Parton, with
Jennifer Nettles as Parton’s mother, Rick Schroder as her
father and Gerald McRaney as her grandfather.
“Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors” is written by Pamela K.
Long. She executive produces with Sam Haskell and Dolly
Parton. The film is a production of Magnolia Hill
Entertainment and DP Productions in association with Warner
Please visit the official show site at: http://www.nbc.com/coat-of-many-colors
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