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Johnny Cash! The Man, His World, His Music (1969)

Footage of Johnny Cash at home and on the road.


Robert Elfstrom


Robert Elfstrom




Credited cast:
Johnny Cash ... Self
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
June Carter Cash ... Self (as June Carter)
Anita Carter Anita Carter ... Self
Helen Carter Helen Carter ... Self
Mother Maybelle Carter Mother Maybelle Carter ... Self
Bob Dylan ... Self
Marshall Grant Marshall Grant ... Self
W.S. Holland ... Self
Frank Hubb Frank Hubb ... Self
Bob Johnston Bob Johnston ... Self
Merle Kilgore Merle Kilgore ... Self
Carl Perkins ... Self
Bob Wootton Bob Wootton ... Self


Footage of Johnny Cash at home and on the road.

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Johnny Cash is more than a beautiful face. He has a story to sing. Johnnny Cash sings the story of freedom. A song imprisoned in our hearts. Johnny Cash sings to the prisoner in us all. JOHNNY CASH, THE MAN, HIS WORLD, HIS MUSIC - A full length colour feature documents Johnny Cash in pictures, words and music, from his concerts in prison compounds, travelling across America and performing at country fairs, recoding with Bob Dylan, to the times and places which attributed to the background and character of this man. The original. [Theatrical Australia] See more »


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Fly-on-the-Wall Account of the Singer's Life On and Off Stage
7 January 2015 | by l_rawjalaurenceSee all my reviews

Filmed during Cash's tour of the United States in the late Sixties, director Robert Elfstrom offers a carefully airbrushed account of the star's life on and off stage. While attracting huge audiences wherever he goes, as well as winning awards, he remains eminently normal - the kind of man who willingly signs autographs, listens to pieces of doggerel composed by adoring fans, and poses for innumerable photos taken in the pre-smartphone era.

In sequences shot in his tour bus Cash is shown interacting with his immediate family (including June Carter Cash) as well as his crew. As they travel along endless stretches of road, Cash reminisces about his humble past while enjoying his present life, and thanks God for having helped him achieve success. He is also shown putting together his latest recordings; like any artist worth his salt, he is meticulous about every aspect of his work, including orchestrations, pronunciation, and sound.

In truth, the documentary is not especially interesting per se; although it offers fascinating insights into aspects of American popular cultures during the late Sixties, especially country music. With contributions from other great artists of that time, including Bob Dylan and Carl Perkins, JOHNNY CASH! THE MAN, HIS WORLD, HIS MUSIC can be described as mildly diverting.

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25 January 1971 (Sweden) See more »

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Ich heiße Johnny Cash See more »

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