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My Father and the Man in Black (2012)

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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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Saul Holiff ...
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Jonathan Holiff ...
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Harvey Glatt ...
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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
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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 (kchishol@rogers.com)

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Saul Holiff: [On Johnny Cash - the person] He's not what he appears to be. In many cases, he's more than he appears to be and, in some cases, possibly less... and the fact that his marriage lasted so long. They had a lovely son together, who has done well. I would have to say overall it's a very happy story, you know, like a guy who prevailed against incredible odds and did extraordinarily well as have the people around him. I mean, I didn't come out of this suffering either. Everyone who knew him might have...
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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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An exploration of one of the world's great country singers, his manager, and the manager's young son.
11 September 2012 | by (Toronto, ON) – See all my reviews

Jonathan Holiff has created a wonderful documentary, exploring the torturous relationship between Johnny Cash, his father (who was Cash's manager), and himself. He's very nicely mixed real audio recordings with re-enacted scenes to put us in the middle of this complicated relationship. Full disclosure: Jonathan is my cousin. But that takes nothing away from the marvellous way he's pulled back the curtain to explore this often wonderful, often awful relationship among the three of them. The tangled web includes Saul Holiff's difficult relationship with an increasingly out of control Johnny Cash, and Jonathan's increasingly difficult relationship with his father, who was not much of a father at all and knew it.


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