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Walk the Line (2005)

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A chronicle of country music legend Johnny Cash's life, from his early days on an Arkansas cotton farm to his rise to fame with Sun Records in Memphis, where he recorded alongside Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Carl Perkins.

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James Mangold

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Johnny Cash (book), Johnny Cash (book) | 2 more credits »
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Won 1 Oscar. Another 44 wins & 46 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Joaquin Phoenix ... John R. Cash
Reese Witherspoon ... June Carter
Ginnifer Goodwin ... Vivian Cash
Robert Patrick ... Ray Cash
Dallas Roberts ... Sam Phillips
Dan John Miller ... Luther Perkins
Larry Bagby ... Marshall Grant
Shelby Lynne ... Carrie Cash
Tyler Hilton ... Elvis Presley
Waylon Payne ... Jerry Lee Lewis (as Waylon Malloy Payne)
Shooter Jennings ... Waylon Jennings
Sandra Ellis Lafferty ... Maybelle Carter
Dan Beene Dan Beene ... Ezra Carter
Clay Steakley ... W.S. 'Fluke' Holland
Johnny Holiday ... Carl Perkins
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Storyline

While growing up in the Great Depression era, Johnny Cash takes an interest in music and eventually moves out of his Arkansas town to join the air force in Germany. While there, he buys his first guitar and writes his own music, and proposes to Vivian. When they got married, they settled in Tennessee and with a daughter, he supported the family by being a salesman. He discovers a man who can pursue his dreams and ends up getting a record with the boys. Shortly after that, he was on a short tour, promoting his songs, and meets the already famous and beautiful June Carter. Then as they get on the long-term tours with June, the boys, and Jerry Lee Lewis, they have this unspoken relationship that grows. But when June leaves the tour because of his behavior, he was a drug addict. His marriage was also falling apart, and when he sees June years later at an awards show, he forces June to tour with them again, promising June to support her two kids and herself. While the tour goes on, the ... Written by kayleigh

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Love is a burning thing.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some language, thematic material and depiction of drug dependency | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA | Germany

Language:

English | Russian

Release Date:

18 November 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cash See more »

Filming Locations:

Arkansas, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$28,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$22,347,341, 20 November 2005, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$119,519,402, 4 May 2006

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$186,438,883, 12 March 2007
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Runtime:

| (extended cut)

Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Kathy Cash, Johnny's second oldest daughter with his first wife, Vivian, walked out of a family screening of the film five times. She felt Phoenix and Witherspoon performances were "Oscar-worthy", but that her mother, Vivian, was cast in an unfair light. Also, she did not feel there were enough scenes of Johnny interacting with his children, and that the film portrayed her father too harshly. When her half-brother, John Carter Cash (an Executive Producer of the film) was asked about her reaction, he responded that the movie was intended to tell the love story between his mother and father. See more »

Goofs

Johnny Cash smashed the footlights at the Grand Ole Opry, not in Las Vegas as in the film. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Warden: M-Mr. Cash? M-Mr. Cash?
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Crazy Credits

In the opening credits, Robert Patrick's name appears to pass through the prison bars, like his T-1000 character did in Terminator 2: Judgment Day. See more »

Alternate Versions

Originally released on DVD in its theatrical incarnation. An extended cut, adding about 16 minutes worth of additional footage into the movie, was released later on. The French Blu-Ray version contains the extended cut, while the American version contains the theatrical version. See more »

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Referenced in Mixxxer Show: Pekar a Thom Artway (2017) See more »

Soundtracks

I'm a Long Way from Home
Written by Hank Cochran
Performed by Shooter Jennings
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Magical performance by Reese Witherspoon
27 October 2005 | by rm11See all my reviews

"Walk the Line" is without question the zenith of Reese Witherspoon's acting career thus far. Joaquin Phoenix IS Johnny Cash in this biopic, but Reese as June Carter Cash sets this film on fire. It is one thing to portray a person's life, with feeling and emotion, something which Joaquin pulls off effortlessly. However, it is quite another to make a portrayal bigger than life, and Reese makes June Carter Cash the central character of this film.

To say that Reese steals the show is an understatement. Reese becomes a lightning rod for Joaquin's character, in a way that is actually quite scary. After all, Reese is from Nashville, and her Southern affect is flawless and absolutely winning. Suffice it to say that Reese will thankfully be present when the Academy Awards are presented next year. She might want to get a few words ready.

This movie will not be everyone's favorite flick, if for no other reason than that it is a biopic of flawed, Southern characters. However, perhaps the very flaws that imbue these characters with vitality and realism can establish the acting of Joaquin and Reese with an almost spiritual meaning, as they live these real people on screen. But in the final analysis, Reese Witherspoon will become the greatest contemporary screen actor upon release of this film. See for yourself. You read it here first.


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