Lifetime forgoes its women-in-peril movies for a single Saturday night to celebrate two musical legends who happened to be friends. “Patsy & Loretta” (7 p.m., TV-14) stars Megan Hilty as Patsy Cline and Jessie Mueller as Loretta Lynn.
The film begins when Cline was already a sensation at dance halls and getting radio play, and Lynn a nobody with a $17 guitar to her name. Cline becomes a personal friend and professional mentor, and each helps the other through problems with bad male managers and abusive men.
Viewers may recall Hilty from “Smash,” the NBC musical series set on Broadway. She’s got a big voice and delivers Patsy Cline’s legendary numbers without lip-synching. It’s hard enough to re-enact the lives of country legends, but even more difficult to reprise film roles played by two of the best actresses of their generation. Sissy Spacek won an Oscar playing Loretta Lynn in “Coal Miner’s Daughter,” and Jessica Lange was Patsy Cline in “Sweet Dreams.”
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