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
When James Mangold asked Johnny Cash what his favorite film was, the singer replied Frankenstein (1931) - "because it's about a man made up of all these bad parts and yet he still tries to do something decent and be someone decent". See more »
When Johny and June are leaving the store with the fishing poles in Wheeling, WV, June says "I think there's a lake this way". There are no lakes near downtown Wheeling; however, the Ohio River runs along the entire length of the city. See more »
Considering the formula junk coming out of Hollywood these days, I was
blown away by how good this movie was. The direction was perfect. Using
close ups to get us in under the skin of Johnny Cash. And since it was
a period piece, he could have bored us with lots of cgi of Memphis and
L.A. to take us back in time. Instead he used the actors and the music
to take us there. Biopics naturally have a formula to them, but the
director and screenwriter did not take us down the track of overly
sentimental scenes. These were real and done with a bit of well placed
humor. Just like real life. Afterall you still have to follow the real
lives of Johnny and June. You can't make it up, just to be original!
The movie was also a movie you can take most of the family to. No
nudity and sex to SHOW how in love they are, just real dialog...it's
nice to hear REAL dialog and not just another chase scene, or four
letter word. Yes, some movies need that to tell the story, this one
doesn't. This movie goes onto my short list of great biopics, with
"Ray". Not much else comes close to Ray or Walk the Line. The true test
of any biopics is: can you still understand the plot even if you never
heard of the people the movie is about. This movie is a great love
story even if you never heard of Johnny and June Cash. Oscars all
around I say! Plus I loved the Rockabilly music through out the movie.
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