“Dolly Parton’s Coat Of Many Colors” is a television movie airing on NBC on Dec. 10, according to Fox News on Dec. 7. The title is taken from Parton’s song released in 1971 by RCA Records. While the movie is neither a biopic nor a musical based on Parton’s life, it does give a glimpse into the legendary singer’s life and her poverty-stricken upbringing. “Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors” is a family and faith-based story based on incidents in her life around the time she was nine years old.
“Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors” is based on the inspiring true story of living legend Dolly Parton’s remarkable upbringing rather than her entire life. The film is set in the Tennessee Great Smoky Mountains in 1955. Viewers will get to see how the tight-knit Parton family struggled to overcome tragedy and discover the healing power of love and faith. A raggedy patchwork coat helped make Parton who she is today. The coat of many colors has reference to Joseph’s coat of many colors given to him by his father, Jacob in Genesis 37:3.
Parton, 69, is not in the movie, but she is one of the executive producers. Her nine-year-old character is played by eight-year-old Alyvia Alyn Lind with Jennifer Nettles as Parton’s mother, Ricky Schroder as her father, and Gerald McRaney as her grandfather.
Parton summarized the movie by saying, “It’s very emotional, very personal to us and I think it’s time that we put it out because I think on TV we are missing a few things about family and faith, so it just seemed to be the right time.” Parton added that she isn’t getting any younger, and she wanted to see this movie on the screen. She is very proud of the way that it turned out, and she wants viewers to enjoy it.
The Sioux City Journal reported that Dolly Parton experienced bullying long before a name was put on the behavior. Her song “Coat of Many Colors” actually addressed the taunts she faced as a child when others made fun of her for wearing a coat her mother made from rags. When she was bullied, her mother told her the story about Joseph’s coat of many colors to make her feel better. Dolly is seen wearing the actual coat in one of her school pictures.
Producers are using Dolly’s songs to tell her life story in doses. Dolly says that “Coat of Many Colors” is the one she holds dear. Pamela Long, who wrote the screenplay, says this movie has a universal message, and that message is “love really does conquer all. I think people are hungry for that.”
If you could put your life to a song, what would it be? Watch “Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors” on NBC on Thursday, Dec. 10 at 9 p.m.