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Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story (2007)

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Singer Dewey Cox overcomes adversity to become a musical legend.

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Jake Kasdan
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Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 1 win & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Nat Faxon ... Awards Show Stage Manager
John C. Reilly ... Dewey Cox
Tim Meadows ... Sam
Conner Rayburn ... Dewey Age 8
Chip Hormess Chip Hormess ... Nate
Raymond J. Barry ... Pa Cox
Terrence Beasor ... Country Doctor
Margo Martindale ... Ma Cox
Honeyboy Edwards Honeyboy Edwards ... Old Bluesman (as David Honeyboy Edwards)
Gerry Black Gerry Black ... Harmonica Player
Aron Johnson Aron Johnson ... Teenage Band
Jack Donovan Saperstein ... Teenage Band (as Jack Saperstein)
Taylor Hubert Taylor Hubert ... Teenage Band (as Taylor Jamison Hubert)
Christopher Hurt Christopher Hurt ... Teenage Band
Matt Price ... MC (Teacher)
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Storyline

The up-and-down-and-up-again story of musician Dewey Cox, whose songs would change a nation. On his rock 'n roll spiral, Cox sleeps with 411 women, marries three times, has 36 kids, stars in his own 70s TV show, collects friends ranging from Elvis to the Beatles to a chimp, and gets addicted to - and then kicks - every drug known to man; but despite it all, Cox grows into a national icon and eventually earns the love of a good woman - longtime backup singer Darlene. Written by Sony Pictures

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Taglines:

Life made him tough. Love made him strong. Music made him hard.

Genres:

Comedy | Music

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexual content, graphic nudity, drug use and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 December 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Walk Hard See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,257,174, 23 December 2007, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$18,317,151, 13 January 2008
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (extended edition)

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SDDS | Dolby Digital | DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Famous musicians that are spoofed by Dewey Cox are: Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan, Ray Charles, David Bowie, Roy Orbison, Queen, Meat Loaf, David Crosby, Jim Morrison, Harry Chapin, Don McLean, Elvis Presley, The Cars, Christopher Ward of the Ramones, Nelly, Tim McGraw, The Beatles, Brian Wilson of The Beach Boys during his "SMILE" album period, Stevie Wonder's loss of smell after his 1973 car crash, and Michael Jackson with the monkey and the giraffe as house pets. See more »

Goofs

When The Big Bopper is playing on stage, a full band is heard playing but nobody else is on stage I.e. Nobody at the drum kit. See more »

Quotes

[Dewey is singing a very bad version of "That's Amore"]
Record Producer: Alright! Oh please, stop that! Stop your singing! Stop your singing this instant, young man! I will not have this in my studio! That's just a terrible, terrible, terrible... terrible "That's Amore."
Dewey Cox: Um, maybe it was the wrong song choice. If you'd just let me play one of my songs that I wrote, I think you'd like it a whole lot better.
Record Producer: You have failed conclusively! It's over! And there is nothing that you can do, here in this room... that ...
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Crazy Credits

After the credits there is a black&white clip of Dewey Cox performing Walk Hard in 2002, with the words "The actual Dewey Cox" See more »

Alternate Versions

The extended version released on home video, "American Cox: The Unbearably Long Self-Indulging Director's Cut", runs at 2 hours long. See more »

Connections

References The Shawshank Redemption (1994) See more »

Soundtracks

Long Gone Lonesome Blues
Written by Hank Williams (as Hank Williams, Sr.)
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Cal Naughton Jr. no longer finishing second
15 June 2008 | by view_and_reviewSee all my reviews

Oh yes this movie was funny. I didn't have many expectations, if any, of this movie, but it certainly delivered. I knew from the trailers and ads that the movie was going to parallel if not parody "Walk the Line", but there were also several references to "Ray". I would say one of the funniest references to "Ray" was Dewey Cox losing his sense of smell.

Initially it looked like the movie would be very cheesy with punchlines being telegraphed well ahead of time. But, even with the punchlines being blatantly set up, it was better to go with the transparent set up instead of the thinly veiled set ups that a lot of comedies use.

Interestingly enough there was not much profanity which made its usage that much funnier. Now, I certainly could've done without the male nudity, but maybe that was only in the unrated version. Even still, by and large John C. Reily held his own and the movie was terrific.


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