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Walk the Line (2005)
IMDb Rating 8.0
Front Cover Actor Back Cover
Joaquin Phoenix Johnny 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)
James Keach
Cathy Konrad
Plot
A solid and entertaining biopic, Walk the Line works less as a movie than an actors' showcase for its stars. Joaquin Phoenix's total immersion into the skin of singer Johnny Cash is startling--watching it, you can't believe this is the same guy who whined about being "vexed" in Gladiator. As he evolves from a farm boy to gospel croonin' plunker to the Man in Black, Phoenix disappears into Cash's deep baritone, his way of slinging the guitar onto his back, and his hunched-up style of strumming. But it's more than just picking up mannerisms: Phoenix also sings as Johnny Cash, and it's quite impressive.

The story of how Johnny Cash became Johnny Cash traces from his childhood under a distant father (Robert Patrick) to his early attempts at a music career, during which he married his girlfriend Vivian (Ginnifer Goodwin). During a tour with the likes of Elvis (Tyler Hilton) and Jerry Lee Lewis (Waylon Malloy Payne), he encounters singer June Carter (Reese Witherspoon), and his love for her--and her rejection of him through the years--spurs him into drugs, drinking, and depression. As with most movies based on real-life singers, as his popularity grows, the women come a-flockin', and the childhood demons surface. Witherspoon, who matches Phoenix drawl for drawl, plays June both as a sassy spitfire whose charm breaks your heart, and as a sympathetic friend who tries to help Cash get over--well, her. The love story is what endures, but the movie comes most alive during its musical numbers, and even if you're not a country fan, it may just get you to run out and buy a Johnny Cash album.--Ellen A. Kim

Movie Details
Genre Biography; Drama; Music; Romance
Director James Mangold
Producer James Keach; Cathy Konrad
Writer Johnny Cash; Gill Dennis; James Mangold
Studio 20th Century Fox
Country USA
Language English
Audience Rating PG-13
Running Time 135 mins
Movie Release Date 11/18/2005
Color Color
Personal Details
Format DVD
Seen It Yes
Index 589
Collection Status In Collection
Purchase Date 3/3/2006
Product Details
Edition Widescreen Edition
Region Region 1
Screen Ratio Widescreen 2.40:1 Color (Anamorphic)
Layers Single Side, Dual Layer
UPC (Barcode) 024543224228
Release Date 2/28/2006
Subtitles English; Spanish
Packaging Keep Case
Audio Tracks ENGLISH: Dolby Digital 5.1 [CC]
ENGLISH: DTS 5.1 [CC]
SPANISH: Dolby Digital Surround
FRENCH: Dolby Digital Surround
Nr of Disks/Tapes 1
Extra Features
Director Commentary by co-writer/director James Mangold 10 Deleted Scenes with Optional Commentary by James Mangold
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