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Walk the Line (2005)

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A chronicle of country music legend Johnny Cash's life, from his early days on an Arkansas cotton farm to his rise to fame with Sun Records in Memphis, where he recorded alongside Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Carl Perkins.



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While growing up in the Great Depression era, Johnny Cash takes an interest in music and eventually moves out of his Arkansas town to join the air force in Germany. While there, he buys his first guitar and writes his own music, and proposes to Vivian. When they got married, they settled in Tennessee and with a daughter, he supported the family by being a salesman. He discovers a man who can pursue his dreams and ends up getting a record with the boys. Shortly after that, he was on a short tour, promoting his songs, and meets the already famous and beautiful June Carter. Then as they get on the long-term tours with June, the boys, and Jerry Lee Lewis, they have this unspoken relationship that grows. But when June leaves the tour because of his behavior, he was a drug addict. His marriage was also falling apart, and when he sees June years later at an awards show, he forces June to tour with them again, promising June to support her two kids and herself. While the tour goes on, the ... Written by kayleigh

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Love is a burning thing.

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some language, thematic material and depiction of drug dependency | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

18 November 2005 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Cash  »

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Box Office


$28,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$22,347,341 (USA) (18 November 2005)


$119,518,352 (USA) (28 April 2006)

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Did You Know?


Director James Mangold was looking to cast an actor who would come across as "an angry, sensual, tortured young man". He knew he'd found that actor when he watched _Gladiator_. See more »


When Johnny is talking with Vivian on the phone from Germany, an apparently US military aircraft is visible through the window. Although most of the markings appear to be correct, the fuselage has an FAA-assigned alpha-numeric N number. US Military aircraft designators are all numeric, and displayed on the vertical stabilizer. See more »


[first lines]
Warden: M-Mr. Cash? M-Mr. Cash?
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Referenced in Law & Order: Criminal Intent: Country Crossover (2006) See more »


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Written and Performed by Earl Peterson
Courtesy of Sun Entertainment Corporation
By Arrangement with Source/Q
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Just saw W.T.L.
19 November 2005 | by (nj) – See all my reviews

I absolutely loved it. More my dad's music than mine (I was born in 1960-am a rock-n-roller), but tapped my feet the whole way thru. It is funny, I grew up with certain songs of Johnny Cash, and heard about the legend of the "man in black" for as long as I remember, but this movie adds a whole new dimension to the man, his music. I think it's great maybe a whole new generation might come to enjoy his contributions too.

J.Phoenix and R. Witherspoon were phenomenal and made this film a joy to watch. I have not enjoyed any movie so much in a long time. Judging by the applause and the grins on the movie goers faces on the way out-I was not alone in my whole-hearted enthusiasm for the movie.

Gonna order me a J.Cash CD!

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