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Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story (2007)

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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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Awards Show Stage Manager
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Country Doctor
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Old Bluesman (as David Honeyboy Edwards)
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Harmonica Player
Aron Johnson ...
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Teenage Band (as Jack Saperstein)
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Teenage Band (as Taylor Jamison Hubert)
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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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Budget:

$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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A few scenes in the movie involve a grown up Dewey Cox (John C. Reilly) having conversations with the spirit of his dead brother Nate (Chip Hormess), only to find that Nate, even though he died as a boy, has grown older (and is played as an adult by Jonah Hill). "Walk The Line", the Johnny Cash biopic that "Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story" is primarily parodying, detailed Johnny Cash's struggle to cope with his older brother Jack's accidental death, but never featured Johnny Cash communicating with his late brother's spirit. However, in "Cash: The Autobiography", the basis for "Walk The Line", Johnny Cash wrote about how he routinely spoke with Jack into his own adult years. Cash also noted that Jack's spirit got older as Johnny Cash himself aged, and always remained two years older than Johnny. See more »

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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 »

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Dewey Cox: And that's when I learned that Quaaludes and waterskiing do not mix.
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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 Hee Haw (1969) See more »

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Beautiful Ride
Written by Dan Bern and Mike Viola
Produced by Michael Andrews
Performed by John C. Reilly (as Dewey Cox)
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Different style but another great one from Apatow gang
11 October 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

As a huge fan of the previous Apatow movies, I drove recklessly through traffic to make it into an early screening of Walk Hard, and I'm happy I did. I think this movie is a different direction for Judd and his band, as it is more similar to Airplane in style than it is to Knocked Up. But that impressed me that they took that risk and made it work -- and it definitely worked as me and the rest of the theatre were laughing with regularity.

Without getting too much into the details of the movie because I hate spoilers, the thing that made this movie great to me was the unexpected humor. Like Airplane, there are a lot of times when you just don't see the next line coming, and those are the best laughs. Besides John C. Reilly in the lead role, who obviously got a lot of the funniest lines, Tim Meadows as Dewey Cox's drummer really cracked me up, and Paul Rudd as Jon Lennon cracked up the entire theatre.

It was definitely one of those movies where you're recalling a lot of funny parts a day later. So while it may be a different type of movie than the Apatow groups' other work, the sense of funny is still there, and I think this is up there with the best comedies of the year.


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