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Movie Review- Bituminous Coal Queens of Pennsylvania
The Bituminous Coal Queens of Pennsylvania. Odd title, great film. Hollywood producer David Hunt and his wife Patricia Heaton, famed for her work as Debra Barone on "Everybody Loves Raymond," wanted to make a film that celebrated the genuine beauty in people. The story is set in Carmichaels, Pennsylvania, a coalmining town whose whole year is focused on its Coal Queen pageant. The characters Hunt and Heaton bring to the screen definitely accomplish the mission of the film- they are endearing from the start, and their stories weave a sense of honesty and authenticity through the film. At the premier in downtown Manhattan, I sat next to Sarah Rush, 1972 Coal Queen and the film's main character. By the end of the film, she felt like a dear friend. She welcomed conversation about my own smalltown upbringing with her signature giggle. While this film would by no means fit the bill of weekend blockbuster, I think everyone can relate to the beauty in this project-especially smalltown girls like me. If "documentary" usually turns you off, give it a chance. But , take it from Patricia. "It's really our homage to small town America," Heaton said. "It's funny, it's charming, it's heartwarming, it's heart wrenching. It reminds us of the people-the backbone of this country-that have made this country as great as it is." "AND it's highly entertaining." Indeed, Patricia, it is.
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