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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Saul Holiff Saul Holiff ... Himself (archive footage)
Johnny Cash ... Himself (archive footage)
Jonathan Holiff Jonathan Holiff ... Himself
Bob Dylan ... Himself (archive footage)
June Carter Cash ... Herself (archive footage)
Harvey Glatt Harvey Glatt ... Himself
Gary Holiff Gary Holiff ... Saul Holiff at 50
David Disher David Disher ... Johnny Cash at 30
Joshua Robinson Joshua Robinson ... Saul Holiff at 40
Dan Champagne Dan Champagne ... Johnny Cash at 40
Norman Singer Norman Singer ... Saul Holiff at 75
Elli Hollands Elli Hollands ... June Carter / June Carter Cash
Alino Giraldi Alino Giraldi ... Saul Holiff at 20
Robert Skanes ... Marshall Grant
Trevor Juras Trevor Juras ... Luther Perkins


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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Before there was Johnny and June, there was Johnny and Saul See more »


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Release Date:

6 September 2013 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Johnny and Saul See more »

Filming Locations:

Hamilton, Ontario, Canada See more »

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1.85 : 1
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In addition to live action, stock footage, animation, composites, and TV and film clips, the film features more than 400 photographs--many of which appear to move ("motion graphics"). Many people assume the shots of Cash's arrest in 1965 is found footage but instead was created from a series of sequential photos. See more »


Johnny Cash: [On being jailed in El Paso 1965] "I don't ever want out of this cell again. I just want to stay here and die. Because I'm too weak to face everyone. Knowing my family is heart broken, knowing my friends and fans are disappointed. It's more than I can reconcile with them.
[Original Source: "Man In Black," by Johnny Cash]
Various Characters: Dear Saul, I am enclosing, 1. Motion to Allow Petitioner to Leave the Continental United States While on Bond and, 2. Order Granting Permission to John R. Cash to Perform in ...
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Crazy Credits

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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A film about who?
13 September 2012 | by patricia-alberts123See all my reviews

I was excited to see this film since I'm a huge Cash fan, I discovered his music when I was 15 and haven't stopped listening since. But the film really let me down man.The reviews said how it was great and a must see and whatever and i found the film to be completely self serving.Dude, its like if you made a film about Katy Perry's manager.Who cares? and where are johnnys kids to have a say in this film? I've got my own family troubles too, doesn't mean you make a film about it and expect it to be gold. the narration is robotic, the film is flat. only thing that saves the film is the visual effects which are interesting at first but then appear to be the directors crutch to hide the lack of content on our man in black.

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