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Walk the Line (2005)

PG-13  |   |  Biography, Drama, Music  |  18 November 2005 (USA)
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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)  »

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Cash  »

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$28,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


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

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June Carter Cash died before production began. Reese Witherspoon's research included looking through Carter's closet for inspiration. See more »


Steadicam and operator are visible during drum solo approx 45 minutes into film. See more »


[first lines]
Warden: M-Mr. Cash? M-Mr. Cash?
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Referenced in The Mindy Project: Santa Fe (2013) See more »


Juke Box Blues
Written by Helen Carter and Mother Maybelle Carter (as Maybelle Carter)
Performed by Reese Witherspoon
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Johnny would be proud.
18 November 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Hello, I'm Johnny Cash.

I've seen a lot of singer biopics: all the way from the Buddy Holly Story to Coal Miner's Daughter. This one can't quite make it to Coal Miner, but it's light years ahead of Buddy. I read a review today that said that Joaquin was too short and Reese was too pretty to play Johnny and June. The reviewer was right, but what the hell does that have to do with great acting. They got it right and this old hillbilly cried, that's right--cried--at every historical landmark they hit. Oscars for Joaquin and Reese--that's all I want.

woody pulps

Walk The Line update 03/19/2006.

A retraction is in order. Not only have I come to realize this movie beats all the singer biopics, in my opinion, it beats all biopics and, indeed, has become my favorite movie...period. Read Jack Shaw's comment below. It's worth your time.(I did exactly what you asked and resisted a comment on a comment, but I gave in even though I tried).

Oh, and by the way, if Dan John Miller wasn't channeling Luther on the guitar, there is no such thing.

Great lines from the movie:

June Carter...June Carter...when will you be mine? (sing it to the tune of Hey, Porter).

June: I surmise you haven't been to bed. An intoxicated Johnny: surmiiiiiise....

Luther Perkins: It's in A....A (nods 'yes' to Marshall Grant).

June: I got tangled!

woody pulps

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