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Walk the Line

Walk the Line

James Mangold (2005)

123min
12 Certificate
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Joaquin Phoenix gives a remarkable performance as country-rock legend Johnny Cash in director James Mangold's impressive biopic. The film begins with Cash's legendary live recording at Folsom Prison in 1968, flashing back to his childhood and feelings of guilt over the accidental death of his brother, then picks up the story with Cash writing songs in the air force, before hitting the road with fellow Sun recording artists Elvis and Jerry Lee Lewis. Joining them on tour is June Carter (Reese Witherspoon), the woman whom Cash pursued for years despite the fact that both were already married. Phoenix successfully captures the spirit of an artist who writes songs and sings because it is the one thing he does well, but who also drinks and pops pills out of frustration and guilt. He needs the love of a good woman to save him, and Phoenix and Witherspoon (who won an Oscar) convincingly bring the relationship between Johnny and June to life without lapsing into impersonation. This classic tale will be largely familiar to fans, but with both stars also contributing their own vocals, it may now bring the couple - and their music - to a new audience.

Summary

Biopic of country singer Johnny Cash. Traumatised by the death of his brother as a child and scorned by his father, Cash leaves Arkansas to serve in the US Air Force in Germany, where he starts to write songs. Although reaching a high point in his career touring alongside Elvis and Jerry Lee Lewis, he descends into drink and drug addiction, while fellow singer and future wife June Carter seems to be the only person standing between him and self-destruction. With Joaquin Phoenix and an Oscar-winning Reese Witherspoon.

Cast & Crew

John R Cash Joaquin Phoenix
June Carter Reese Witherspoon
Vivian Cash Ginnifer Goodwin
Ray Cash Robert Patrick
Sam Phillips Dallas Roberts
Luther Perkins Dan John Miller
Marshall Grant Larry Bagby III
Carrie Cash Shelby Lynne
Elvis Presley Tyler Hilton
Jerry Lee Lewis Waylon Malloy Payne
Waylon Jennings Shooter Jennings
Roy Orbison Johnathan Rice
Director James Mangold
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Other Information

Language: English Colour Theatrical distributor: 20th Century Fox Guidance: Swearing and drug abuse. Available on: Available on DVD and BluRay Released on: 3 Feb 2006

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