Callie Khouri’s film about country music legends Patsy Cline and Loretta Lynn will air Oct. 19.
At one point in Patsy & Loretta, the upcoming Lifetime biopic about the friendship between country music icons Patsy Cline and Loretta Lynn, Lynn admits to her buddy that she lied to her husband — told quite a whopper, actually — before taking a decisive step to advance her musical career. And, truth to tell, she’s feeling a mite guilty about it.
Lynn frets: “Am I going to hell?” Cline replies: “For lying to your husband? Every last girl I know will see you there.”
Sisterhood is powerful, and sometimes downright sassy, in Patsy & Loretta, which is set to air Oct. 19 on the Lifetime cable network. Written and directed by Callie Khouri — Oscar-winning scripter of Thelma and Louise, and creator of the popular 2012-18 TV series Nashville — the movie stars Broadway veterans Megan Hilty (Wicked, 9 to 5: The Musical) as Patsy Cline and Jessie Mueller (Waitress, Beautiful: The Carol King Musical) as Loretta Lynn.
Also featured in the cast: Janine Turner (Northern Exposure) as Hilda Hensley, Patsy’s mother, costume designer and close confidante; Kyle Schmid (Six, The I-Land) as Charlie Dick, Patsy’s second husband; and Joe Tippett (Monsters and Men) as Doolittle “Mooney” Lynn, Loretta’s husband and father of their four children.
According to Lifetime, this is the movie’s take on the true-life story: “When they first met, Patsy was already one of the biggest stars in country music while Loretta was just a coal miner’s daughter, starting off with little to her name but a $17 guitar. Instead of seeing Loretta as competition, Patsy took Loretta under her wings to help her make it in Nashville. Soon, they became close friends, touring together, bonding over their husband troubles, and commiserating on being females in the male-dominated music business.
“Then in 1963, the country music community was struck with a tragedy when at just age 30, Patsy died in a plane crash. Despite the devastating loss of her friend, Loretta continued on in the industry and is today known as the First Lady of Country Music. To this day, Loretta remains grateful to Patsy for her mentorship and, above all, friendship, as the country music trailblazer who paved the way for Loretta.”
Here is a trailer for Patsy & Loretta.