Coat of Many Colors

Coat of Many Colors
Coat of Many Colors
  • UR
  • 2h 0m
  • 2015
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Experience the magic and warmth of Dolly Parton's Coat of Many Colors, a television movie event based on the inspiring true story of living legend Dolly Parton's remarkable upbringing in rural Tennessee. This once-in-a-lifetime 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 — vividly described in the well-known song of the film's title — that helped make Parton who she is today. Set in the Tennessee Great Smokey Mountains in 1955, this poignant and uplifting family-friendly experience stars popular singer-songwriter and award winner Jennifer Nettles (Sugarland) as Parton's mother, Avie Lee Parton; Ricky Schroder (NYPD Blue, 24) as Dolly's father, Lee Parton; Gerald McRaney (Longmire, Deadwood, House of Cards) as Grandpa Jake Owens; and the young Alyvia Alyn Lind as 9-year-old Dolly.

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Common Sense Says
Inspiring, faith-filled tale has emotion, serious themes.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Dolly Parton's Coat of Many Colors is a heartwarming autobiographical movie set during the celebrated actress-singer's childhood. Christian values, Biblical stories, faith, and prayer are central to the story and account for how Dolly's family recovers from tragedy. There are many emotional scenes in which the characters cope with grief and depression, including a very poignant one about an infant's death. Kids may not fully understand some aspects of Dolly's mid-century upbringing, so be prepared to explain things like physical punishment (spanking, slapping hands with a ruler, etc.), the prevalence of smoking, and the family's financial hardships.

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Drama
  • Release Date:December 10, 2015
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English
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