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      Facing the Laughter: Minnie Pearl

      Released Feb 6, 2023 1h 30m Documentary List
      Reviews 87% Audience Score Fewer than 50 Ratings Facing the Laughter: Minnie Pearl is a full-length documentary about the life and work of Sarah Cannon, aka Minnie Pearl. Sarah was a serious, educated woman who had once dreamed of becoming a Shakespearean actress, but she found fame playing a simple country girl who often made herself the butt of her jokes. Instantly identifiable -- even in silhouette -- by her straw hat with a price tag dangling from its brim, Minnie Pearl became an icon of country music radio, stage and TV. When she greeted audiences, they enthusiastically echoed her signature "Howdee" in a happy roar. While Sarah and Minnie were two sides of a coin, they share a legacy of compassion, empowerment and humor. Read More Read Less

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      Charles Solomon FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles) It could have easily been a stronger film. Feb 15, 2023 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Gale Very good documentary on a wrll loved character. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/07/23 Full Review Carol Liked that much of the story was told with her own voice and actual video clips. The Bonus feature with Rodney Crowell and Kathy Mattea was kind of maudlin at the end. Makeup, camera,and lighting conspired to make Tanya Tucker and Brenda Lee look as awful as possible - felt sorry for them. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/07/23 Full Review Solo I grew up watching Minnie Pearl when she was on the Grand Olde Opry, so it was a trip down memorial lane for me. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/07/23 Full Review Eunice I want to show such grace. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/07/23 Full Review David B I thought there were too many in-person interview, but otherwise it was excellent. I greatly enjoyed it. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 02/07/23 Full Review Diane Amazing! Happy and Sad. Very informative. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/07/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis Facing the Laughter: Minnie Pearl is a full-length documentary about the life and work of Sarah Cannon, aka Minnie Pearl. Sarah was a serious, educated woman who had once dreamed of becoming a Shakespearean actress, but she found fame playing a simple country girl who often made herself the butt of her jokes. Instantly identifiable -- even in silhouette -- by her straw hat with a price tag dangling from its brim, Minnie Pearl became an icon of country music radio, stage and TV. When she greeted audiences, they enthusiastically echoed her signature "Howdee" in a happy roar. While Sarah and Minnie were two sides of a coin, they share a legacy of compassion, empowerment and humor.
      Director
      Barbara J. Hall
      Producer
      Barbara Hall
      Distributor
      Fathom Events
      Production Co
      Nashville Public Television
      Genre
      Documentary
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Feb 6, 2023, Limited
      Runtime
      1h 30m