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The untold story of 'bad-boy' Johnny Cash, his talented but troubled manager, Saul Holiff, and a son searching for his father in the shadow of a legend.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Saul Holiff ...
Himself (archive footage)
Himself (archive footage)
Jonathan Holiff ...
Himself (archive footage)
Herself (archive footage)
Harvey Glatt ...
Gary Holiff ...
Saul Holiff at 50
David Disher ...
Joshua Robinson ...
Saul Holiff at 40
Dan Champagne ...
Norman Singer ...
Saul Holiff at 75
Elli Hollands ...
Alino Giraldi ...
Saul Holiff at 20
Robert Skanes ...
Marshall Grant
Trevor Juras ...
Luther Perkins


After the suicide of Johnny Cash's former manager, Saul Holiff, his estranged son, Jonathon, returns home. There, Jonathon learns from his mother that his father's personal records exist in storage. As Jonathon searches through them, he discovers much about his father's life of deferred dreams in London, Ontario until he became the manager of Johnny Cash. From there, Jonathon learns of his father's hectic life managing the erratic country star with his personal demons and moods and how the material success came with a profound cost of its own for Saul. In doing so, Jonathon gets a new perspective of a father who had his problems that he never fully conquered himself. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (

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A non-fiction 'Walk The Line" See more »



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6 September 2013 (USA)  »

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WINNER "Best Documentary" at 2013 Lewiston Auburn Film Festival (USA) See more »


Saul Holiff: If you are concerned about the manner in which I represent you, I would be agreeable to withdrawing as your manager, and concentrate on dates only.
[Original Source: Letter to Johnny Cash; July 9, 1965]
Johnny Cash: What do you mean, "withdraw as my manager?" I want you to represent me. Let's work together and keep phrases like that out of our conversations. Black is black. Day is day.
[Original Source: Letter to Saul Holiff; July 14, 1965]
Saul Holiff: You have never failed to let me know when I have goofed up. And now ...
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In the opening credits, where a major distributor is normally listed, the filmmaker inserted the words "Intentionally Left Blank." This was an inside joke. Adverse market conditions offset by a large following for the film made self-releasing a more attractive option. Later, when the film was given final certification for tax credit purposes, the Canadian government required the filmmaker to sign an affidavit swearing that no such company "Intentionally Left Blank" had been connected with the film. See more »

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A story of Johnny Cash's relationship with his manager.
17 June 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Excellent movie!!! Even if you are not a Johnny Cash fan or a music fan, you will enjoy "My Father and the Man in Black.". It tells the "rest of the story" about Cash that goes beyond the film "Walk the Line." Although told in documentary style, the movie is spellbinding and dramatic and weaves between the story of a difficult and sometime strained father and son relationship to the little known story of Cash and his longtime manager, Saul Holiff. The movie uses actual recordings of conversations between Holiff and Cash to set up an incredible tale of Cash's rise to stardom, his relationship with June Carter, his battles with addiction, his Christian faith plus his stormy relationship with Holiff.

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