Those who tuned in to Dolly Parton's Coat Of Many Colors movie on December 10 were probably expecting to watch a heartwarming story about Dolly's childhood. Although that was the movie on a basic level, it was really about so much more, it was a gospel story.
The entire movie was woven together with the thread of faith, something that has always been important to Dolly. It was also important to her mama, Avie Lee, a factor which is really emphasized in the movie. When Avie Lee loses a baby, her strong faith is the one thing that manages to keep her and the family together.
Throughout the movie, Dolly's father struggles with fully committing himself to God, especially after losing the baby. As to be expected, this is something that creates a great deal of tension between him and Avie Lee.
But at the end of the film, Dolly's father finally gives his heart to God after years of lingering outside of the church door.
There are other small gospel messages throughout the movie that aren't as obvious, such as when Dolly invites a group of kids that had been bullying her to a church dinner. Even though they had hurt her in the past, Dolly learned that forgiveness is an important part of life, and so she found it in her heart to forgive them.
Dolly's sister, Stella, played a role in the movie as the town gossip, Corla Bass, and also acted as the on-set representative for the Parton family. Stella said in a cast interview on Dolly's official website that she wanted to be sure that her family's faith was portrayed in the film, and that it was shown in a sincere way:
"It was very, very important to me that everyone see the film and the honest, sincere form of worship that I grew up with. I wanted all the actors to also see that. They all got into it in a very sincere way. I loved it, and I thought it was very, very special. I believe people will see it as a high point in the film."
We'd have to agree with Stella, the gospel element of the film was definitely a high point. Not only was it a touching story about Dolly's childhood and family, but it also showed how much her faith has helped shape her into the person she is today.
You can watch the trailer for Dolly's Coat Of Many Colors in the video below, and while you're at it, listen to her perform the song that inspired it all during her guest appearance on The Voice.
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