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I Walk the Line (1970)

PG-13 | | Drama | 13 October 1970 (USA)
Henry Tawes is the sheriff in a small town in Tennessee. A man of strong moral fiber, he is always quick to judge others and follows the law zealously. Then he meets Alma, a beautiful young... See full summary »

Director:

John Frankenheimer

Writers:

Alvin Sargent (screenplay), Madison Jones (novel)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Gregory Peck ... Sheriff Tawes
Tuesday Weld ... Alma McCain
Estelle Parsons ... Ellen Haney
Ralph Meeker ... Carl McCain
Lonny Chapman ... Bascomb
Charles Durning ... Hunnicutt
Jeff Dalton ... Clay McCain
Freddie McCloud Freddie McCloud ... Buddy McCain
Jane Rose Jane Rose ... Elsie
J.C. Evans J.C. Evans ... Grandpa Tawes
Margaret A. Morris ... Sybil
Bill Littleton Bill Littleton ... Pollard
Leo Yates Leo Yates ... Vogel
Nora Denney ... Darlene Hunnicutt (as Dodo Denney)
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Storyline

Henry Tawes is the sheriff in a small town in Tennessee. A man of strong moral fiber, he is always quick to judge others and follows the law zealously. Then he meets Alma, a beautiful young girl who turns his world upside-down. Unable to ignore his feelings, he starts an affair with her. But in a small town nothing is secret for long. Written by Mattias Pettersson <seaman@sbbs.se>

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Sheriff Tawes walks the line between duty and desire, between law and violence, between honor and shame. See more »

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Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some violence and sexual content | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 October 1970 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

An Exile See more »

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Budget:

$4,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastman Color)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

After working with him on "The Gypsy Moths (1969)", John Frankenheimer wanted Gene Hackman for the lead, but Columbia insisted on Gregory Peck. See more »

Quotes

Sheriff Tawes: People here just try to survive, that's all. Some make a little moonshine, don't really harm nobody.
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Connections

References Hook, Line and Sinker (1969) See more »

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Pleasantly surprised
15 January 2004 | by azignonSee all my reviews

I happened upon the film on French television. It was very well done. Gregory Peck gave a wonderful performance. The changes in his character and his anguish were felt. I was impressed that in 1970 there was a nude bedroom scene. I did compare it to Damage with Jeremy Irons and what they visibly display nowadays. G.P. and Tuesday Weld did a great job without that display. Ralph Meeker was a charmer as always. It does not require an R rating. The incest was suggested in a subtle fashion. Albeit an eerie moment. The photography was very interesting. I am not a Johnny Cash fan but his music was fitting. Loved the film. Azignon


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