January 20, 1995 at 05:00 AM EST
We gave it a B

With all due respect to the likeable country singer who died in 1991, I can’t help but fell that many viewers coming across Big Dreams & Broken Hearts: The Dottie West Story will be saying, ”Who’s Dottie West” West was well known within the country-music industry, recording solo hits (”Here Comes My Baby’,” ”Paper Mansion”) and duet successes with Kenny Rogers (”Every Time Two Fools Collide”). But she never achieved the sort of pop status that, say, Dolly Parton, Loretta Lynn and Reba McEntire have managed — you might know West best for her Coke commercial, ”Country Sunshine.” All the more credit to Michele Lee, then, for portraying West as vividly as she does. Starring in a country-rags-to-Nashville-rags tale all too familiar to anyone who’s seen Coal Miner’s Daughter, Lee gives a wonderful, nuanced performance, and capably sings West’s hits in her own clear, strong voice. Lee is backed up by newcomer, Lisa Akey, as West’s daughter, Shelly. B

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