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Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story (2007)

Singer Dewey Cox overcomes adversity to become a musical legend.

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Awards Show Stage Manager
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Sam
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Chip Hormess ...
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Country Doctor
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Honeyboy Edwards ...
Old Bluesman (as David Honeyboy Edwards)
Gerry Black ...
Harmonica Player
Aron Johnson ...
Teenage Band
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Teenage Band (as Jack Saperstein)
Taylor Hubert ...
Teenage Band (as Taylor Jamison Hubert)
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Teenage Band
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MC (Teacher)
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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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Comedy | Music

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

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21 December 2007 (USA)  »

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$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$18,317,151 (USA) (11 January 2008)
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The screenplay for this film was featured in the 2006 Blacklist; a list of the "most liked" unmade scripts of the year. See more »

Goofs

When Darlene is talking to Dewey about quitting the LSD in the studio, Sabian drum cymbals are clearly seen in the background. This scene was supposed to take place in 1966; the company was not founded until 1980. See more »

Quotes

Dewey Cox: What happened?
Pa Cox: I'll tell you what happened. We were readying for bed when your song comes on the radio.
[the scene switches to the Cox's house with "Walk Hard" playing on the radio]
Ma Cox: It's Dewey! Your son is talented. You should be proud.
Pa Cox: Well, I must admit, it is kind of... catchy.
Ma Cox: Dance with me Pa.
[the two begin dancing]
Pa Cox: It does make you kind of want to move, doesn't it?
Ma Cox: It sure does.
Pa Cox: Maybe I have been kind of hard on little Dewey.
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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 »

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References The Doors (1991) See more »

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Black Sheep
Written by Michael Andrews and Van Dyke Parks
Produced by Michael Andrews
Performed by John C. Reilly (as Dewey Cox)
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Lots Of Laughs, Entertaining But Another Crude Comedy
21 May 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I got a lot of laughs out of this film but I warn those that his another modern-day crude comedy. It's definitely not "family viewing." It's a parody on "Walk The Line," the biography of Johnny Cash with John C. Reilly playing the famous singer. He is extremely funny in this role but the humor is the absurd, dark variety.....so be ready for that!

It's really a parody of the rock 'n roll/folk/psychedelic scene, more than anything, from the beginnings in the mid 50s up to the present. The majority of the film deals with the late '50s and up to the '70s. You get a lot of "digs" at folk singers, Bob Dylan and then The Beatles. It's pretty innocent and very funny. The lyrics to songs are hilarious. You also get a lot jibes as Cash and his relationship with his girlfriend-then-wife, June Carter. That latter is played by a pretty and very sexy Jenna Fisher.

What isn't innocent are the sex, drugs and adultery jokes. Some of them are funny; some are way too silly or just plain crude and unnecessary....but that's comedies of today. I mean, we don't need to see repeated shots of a guy's penis, do we? Actually, the film only goes way overboard, language-and sex-wise, in the last 30 minutes when a bunch of f-bombs are yelled out and the story goes into the sewer....before coming out with a nice, sentimental ending. I guess that was supposed to make up for the all the sleaze. It didn't; but it still was an entertaining film which flew by.

One last thing: the music in here is excellent. Some think it's the best part of the film.


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