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Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story (2007)

R  |   |  Comedy, Music  |  21 December 2007 (USA)
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Singer Dewey Cox overcomes adversity to become a musical legend.


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Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 1 win & 4 nominations. See more awards »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Awards Show Stage Manager
Chip Hormess ...
Country Doctor
Honeyboy Edwards ...
Old Bluesman (as David Honeyboy Edwards)
Gerry Black ...
Harmonica Player
Aron Johnson ...
Teenage Band
Teenage Band (as Jack Saperstein)
Taylor Hubert ...
Teenage Band (as Taylor Jamison Hubert)
Teenage Band


The up-and-down-and-up-again story of musician Dewey Cox, whose songs would change a nation. On his rock 'n roll spiral, Cox sleeps with 411 women, marries three times, has 36 kids, stars in his own 70s TV show, collects friends ranging from Elvis to the Beatles to a chimp, and gets addicted to - and then kicks - every drug known to man; but despite it all, Cox grows into a national icon and eventually earns the love of a good woman - longtime backup singer Darlene. Written by Sony Pictures

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Life made him tough. Love made him strong. Music made him hard.


Comedy | Music

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexual content, graphic nudity, drug use and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

21 December 2007 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Walk Hard  »

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Box Office


$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$6,257,174 (USA) (21 December 2007)


£468,309 (UK) (25 January 2008)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Famous musicians that are spoofed by Dewey Cox are: Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan, Ray Charles, David Bowie, Roy Orbison, Queen, Meat Loaf, David Crosby, Jim Morrison, Harry Chapin, Don McLean, Elvis Presley, The Cars, Christopher Ward of the Ramones, Nelly, Tim McGraw, Brian Wilson of The Beach Boys during his "SMILE" album period, Stevie Wonder's loss of smell after his 1973 car crash, and Michael Jackson with the monkey and the giraffe as house pets. See more »


When his wife is leaving him, she leaves two kids on the couch, which Dewey just looked at saying he didn't need them. See more »


John Lennon: [to Paul McCartney] I wonder if your songs will still be shit "When I'm Sixty-four."
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Crazy Credits

After the credits there is a black&white clip of Dewey Cox performing Walk Hard in 2002, with the words "The actual Dewey Cox" See more »


References The Shawshank Redemption (1994) See more »


Written by David Bowie
Produced by Michael Andrews
Performed by John C. Reilly (as Dewey Cox)
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User Reviews

6 February 2008 | by (Richardson, TX) – See all my reviews

I thought this was a brilliant satire of the biopic genre. It was obviously borrowed from Walk the Line, but there was plenty of other stuff thrown in as well. It was a truly hilarious movie, including the scenes where the band members convince him to try the drugs, a scene with the Beatles, the variety show stuff and interviews, all the scenes with the title character smashing the sinks, and the Walk the Line spoofs. It was very well written with lots of great dialog. You will love all the cameos and other stuff. I guarantee it. This was a tailor-made role for John C. Reilly, who is perfect in and for the part, as is just about everyone in it.

*** 1/2 out of ****

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