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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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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.


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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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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Margot Martindale, Ma Cox, and Raymond J. Barry, Pa Cox, both appeared on the FX TV series Justified. See more »


In the school talent show, which takes place in 1953, the lead guitarist is playing a Harmony Bobcat electric guitar from 1964. See more »


Dewey Cox: [irritated] I don't need people around me, stifling me. So if you don't like it, there's the door.
Theo: Dewey, are you sayin' you don't need us no more?
Dewey Cox: Not unless you can open your minds... and learn to play the fucking theremin.
[brief pause]
Dave: Yeah, fuck you Dewey! In twenty years, not once have you thrown a woman my way. You don't think we like cheating on our wives too?
Sam: And you never once paid for drugs. Not once!
Dave: You pay that chimp more than you pay us! I had to borrow from the ...
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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 »


Spoofs Yellow Submarine (1968) See more »


There's a Change a'Happening (I Can Feel It)
Written by Dan Bern, Michael Andrews, Judd Apatow and Jake Kasdan
Produced by Michael Andrews
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User Reviews

Apatow nails it again
16 December 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

There is no doubt that Walk Hard is a great parody of the musician biopic as we know it today. The film is filled with rips and references to movies such as Walk the Line and Ray. Walk Hard does all of this very well, but also has its own brand of humor and jokes that stand on their own. From the time that the opening scene rolled, I knew that I was in for a treat.

Judd Apatow and Jake Kasdan show their comedic genius throughout the movie, whether it be through clever dialog between characters or the genuinely funny original songs. The music performed by Dewey Cox does a great job of parodying various styles, from Dylan to Brian Wilson.

John C. Reilly is fantastic in his role as Dewey Cox and establishes himself as a solid leading man. I was also thoroughly impressed that he actually sang and played all of the music in the movie and did it well. Jenna Fischer's performance in Walk Hard may be just what her career needs right now. It's nice to finally see her breaking the mold that she has set for herself as Pam in The Office.

Walk Hard also featured a wide range of current and former SNL stars, such as Kristin Wiig and Chris Parnell. In addition, some of the regulars from past Apatow films are also featured, but I don't want to ruin any surprises here.

All in all, Walk Hard is a really solid comedy and a must see for any Apatow fans. If you are going to see Walk Hard, do yourself a favor and check out Walk the Line and Ray before going. It will make for a much more rewarding experience.

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