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I Walk the Line (1970)

PG-13 | | Drama | 3 February 1971 (Denmark)
Henry Tawes is the sheriff in a small town in Tennessee. A man of strong moral fibre, he is always quick to judge others and follows the law zealously. Then he meets Alma, a young beautiful... See full summary »

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Alma McCain
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Ellen Haney
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Carl McCain
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Bascomb
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Hunnicutt
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Clay McCain
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Buddy McCain
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Elsie
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Margaret A. Morris ...
Sybil
Bill Littleton ...
Pollard
Leo Yates ...
Vogel
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Darlene Hunnicutt (as Dodo Denney)
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Henry Tawes is the sheriff in a small town in Tennessee. A man of strong moral fibre, he is always quick to judge others and follows the law zealously. Then he meets Alma, a young beautiful girl who turns his world upside down. Unable to ignore his feelings, he starts having an affair with her. But in a small town nothing is secret for long. Written by Mattias Pettersson <seaman@sbbs.se>

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Every man walks the line between right and wrong. One day Sheriff Tawes crossed over. See more »

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Rated PG-13 for some violence and sexual content | See all certifications »
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3 February 1971 (Denmark)  »

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An Exile  »

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$4,000,000 (estimated)
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Scenes from "The Big Mouth" are shown at the drive-in, yet the poster is for "Hook, Line And Sinker". See more »

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Slice of Americana; film with excellent score by Johnny Cash
2 March 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The subject of small town boredom and emotional unrest; Gregory Peck portrays the sheriff in a small rural Tennessee town. He has a mid-life crisis(before it was fashionable to call it that).

Estelle Parsons is the long-suffering wife, and Tuesday Weld the femme fatal. There is also a part with Charles Durning, as a racist small- minded police officer, who feels his job is to run everyone out of town who is not a "good church-going man". Some of the dialog and themes explored in this movie are interesting, and if one has ever traveled to this part of the country, there are still small towns a bit similar to this, even though they may now have a Wal-Mart 100 miles away.

Gregory Peck's performance is excellent, though his involvement with a penniless moonshiner's daughter is a bit hard to swallow. You will enjoy the cinematography, and a depiction of American life which does still exist. This film is not as extreme as "Deliverance" but if you drive along Route 26 through North Carolina and Tennessee mountains, you will still see people living without heat, with plastic on their windows to keep out the cold.


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