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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 ...
Himself (archive footage)
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Himself (archive footage)
Jonathan Holiff ...
Himself
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Himself (archive footage)
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Herself (archive footage)
Harvey Glatt ...
Himself
Gary Holiff ...
Saul Holiff at 50
David Disher ...
Joshua Robinson ...
Saul Holiff at 40
Dan Champagne ...
Norman Singer ...
Saul Holiff at 75
Elli Hollands ...
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Saul Holiff at 20
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Trevor Juras ...
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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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Named "Top 10 Audience Favorite" at 2012 Calgary International Film Festival (Canada) See more »

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Johnny Cash: It seems that Saul, and everyone else, misunderstands my reason for not wanting to perform there. Every time I worked Las Vegas, the environment contributed to tearing me down. I'm not ready to come to Vegas. When I do, I intend to set the town afire, instead of letting it burn me up. I and only I will know when I am ready.
[Original Source: Johnny Cash to Joe Dale CC Saul Holiff; May 18, 1971]
Saul Holiff: We went out to do the Glen Campbell show and I pitched Johnny the idea of playing Las Vegas. We were ...
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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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17 June 2013 | by (British Columbia) – See all my reviews

I think anybody who can write a film about his father, that was non- communicative at times, deserves a 10. To live through the pain of the process and to find healing speaks greatly for the man who was a hurting boy. Yes it was enjoyable when telling the story of Johnny Cash and his relationship with his Manager Saul. But to see a troubled manager who struggled not only with his client Johnny Cash, but also with his own children, brought tears to my eyes. How can people not find empathy for those that lost the most. It wasn't so much his client, as it was his own sons who deserved more than they got. I think this film will help others to identify their own past hurts with family and how the cycle whatever it may be, can be broken. Its about finding peace, love and healing through much hurt and misunderstanding. Good for Jonathan to bring it out to the open, talk about it and for sharing this remarkable story.


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