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Barnes & Noble - Bill PearisCountry music legend Johnny Cash is such a larger-than-life character it would seem nearly impossible to encapsulate his entire life in one film. Thankfully, director James Mangold (Girl Interrupted) doesn't attempt to make the definitive screen biography of the Man in Black, instead focusing on the peak years of his career and, more specifically, his long courtship with June Carter. One of the riskier decisions Mangold makes is having his leads do all their own singing and playing in the film, with no lip-synching or miming. Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon may not look or sound like Johnny and June, but they embody their spirits perfectly. The film hits several of the moments that shaped Cash's life: the childhood death of his older brother, Jack, which haunted him his whole life and for which his emotionally distant father (Robert Patrick) blamed him; his first sessions at Sun Records with Sam Phillips; the early tours with Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis and Elvis; the struggles with booze and speed that nearly cost him his life; and the 1968 Folsom Prison concert that revitalized his career. But Walk the Line is first and foremost a love story, and the chemistry between Phoenix and Witherspoon is undeniable. Their attraction is even more essential to this story, as Cash and Carter spend most of the film married to other people, able only to show affection in stolen glances and through their music. When Johnny forces June to come onstage for an impromptu duet of "Time's a Wastin'," you can almost see the electricity spark between them like an arc lamp -- it's one of the many great musical sequences in the film. Witherspoon, in particular, is exceptional as the spunky, take-no-bull Carter -- it's unquestionably her best performance since Election. Dramatically, Mangold and writer Gil Dennis adhere fairly strictly to the biopic formula and occasionally take some liberties with the facts, but Walk the Line never feels anything less than true. And when it comes to Johnny Cash, gut feeling is what it's all about.
All Movie Guide - Perry SeibertWalk the Line is first and foremost a love story. Director James Mangold touches on most of the standard scenes people have come to expect from movies about real-life musicians, but the material is infused with energy by two outstanding lead performances. Joaquin Phoenix passes the test that buries most performers who play famous musicians; one never doubts that he is playing a person capable of creating these fantastic songs. That he handles his own singing in the film is simply a bonus. Even if he does not sound exactly like Cash, he is close enough that -- when augmented by the film's outstanding editing and the emotional thrust of the story -- the illusion is complete. As good as he is, Reese Witherspoon matches him perfectly, registering every contradictory feeling in a smart woman forced to play the fool in public. The scenes in which they duet, particularly a scorching version of "It Ain't Me Babe," display an emotional connection between the two that can rival any movie love story. That connection carries over when the couple is off-stage, particularly in a wonderful early scene in a diner where one begins to sense the spark the two feel between each other. Walk the Line is an outstanding love story, a highly entertaining look at the life of a young rock star on tour, and a showcase for two strong young actors to give great performances.
Entertainment Weekly - Owen GleibermanA big, juicy, enjoyable wide-canvas biography with a handful of indelible moments.
USA Today - Mike ClarkA Johnny Cash biopic equally packed with music and frustrated love, Walk the Line goes from compelling to enthralling.
- Release Date:
- Original Release:
- 20th Century Fox
- Region Code:
- [Full Frame]
- [DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Cast & Crew
|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|
|Shooter Jennings||Waylon Jennings|
|Johnny Holiday||Carl Perkins|
|Sandra Ellis Lafferty||Maybelle Carter|
|Danny Beene||Ezra Carter|
|Clay Steakley||W.S. "Fluke" Holland|
|Johnathan Rice||Roy Orbison|
|Ridge Canipe||Young J.R.|
|Lucas Till||Young Jack Cash|
|Carly Nahon||Young Reba Cash|
|McGhee Monteith||Reba Cash|
|Wyatt Entrein||Tommy Cash (5)|
|Hailey Anne Nelson||Roseanne Cash|
|Kerris Dorsey||Kathy Cash|
|Delaney Marie Keefe||Cindy Cash|
|Victoria Hester||Carlene Carter|
|Deborah Rawlings||Diner Waitress|
|James DeForest Parker||Inmate|
|Davielle Boyce||Maid at Door|
|Al Gardner||Texarkana Stage Manager|
|Danny Vinson||Texarkana MC|
|Dave McPhail||Armory MC|
|Bob King||Armory Stage Manager|
|Natalie Canerday||Lady in the Aisle|
|Rhoda Griffis||Five and Dime Manager|
|Jeff Bailey||El Paso Taxi Driver|
|Ross Harkins||Record Executive|
|J.D. Evermore||F.B.I. Man|
|Helen Ingebritsen||Bank Teller|
|J.W. Williams||Pill Man|
|Shane Bowen||Jr's Agent|
|Tim Ware||A&R Man #1|
|Dolan Wilson||A&R Man #2|
|J. Alan Scott||Dyess Doctor|
|Clare Johnson||Lissome Girl|
|Glenda Pannell||Neighbor Woman|
|Tracee Miller||Birdie Perkins|
|Alan C. Blomquist||Executive Producer|
|Ron Bolanowski||Special Effects Supervisor|
|David J. Bomba||Production Designer|
|Timmy Bowen||Set Decoration/Design|
|T-Bone Burnett||Score Composer|
|Lewis Allen Byassee||Set Decoration/Design|
|Ted Caplan||Sound/Sound Designer|
|John Carter Cash||Executive Producer|
|Lorraine Crossman||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|David Fernandez||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|J. Edward Fitzgerald||Set Decoration/Design|
|Doug Hemphill||Sound Mixer|
|L. Kellile Hicks||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|John R. Jensen||Art Director|
|Rhonda Keaton||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|David Luckenbach||Camera Operator|
|Paul Massey||Sound Mixer|
|Margaret C. Morgan||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Danny O'Grady||Set Decoration/Design|
|Paul Sanchez||Camera Operator|
|Kimberly R. Perrett||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Arianne Phillips||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Judy S. Ponder||Makeup|
|Lou Robin||Associate Producer|
|Daniel Schroer||Camera Operator|
|Philip Shanahan||Camera Operator|
|Rob Simons||Art Director|
|Rachel A. Walker||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Dave Weathers||Set Decoration/Design|
1. Main Titles [2:28]
2. J.R. and Jack [:08]
3. The Wrong Son [2:04]
4. Leaving Home [2:00]
5. Germany [3:43]
6. The Salesman [1:57]
7. Can't You Hear the Difference? [1:46]
8. One Song [1:44]
9. Stuck on June [3:51]
10. Get Rhythm [3:59]
11. Alone With June [:01]
12. New Rules [5:02]
13. All These Boys [:51]
14. It Just Happened [3:35]
15. Elvis Takes 'Em [3:57]
16. A World of Judgment [:09]
17. The Wrong Song [4:11]
18. Going Home [3:04]
19. I Walk the Line [2:27]
20. Missing the Music [1:56]
21. Back on the Road [1:27]
22. It's Not Wrong [3:37]
23. Breakdown [2:39]
24. Busted [1:14]
25. The End of a Marriage [:02]
26. Disconnected [4:36]
27. Where's My Friend John? [:15]
28. The New House [2:33]
29. Thanksgiving [1:55]
30. The Way Back [1:01]
31. Second Chance [1:44]
32. A Concert for Convicts [:03]
33. Not the Right Time [5:20]
34. The Right Time [4:41]
35. One Man's Family [2:47]
36. Epilogue/End Titles [3:37]
Languages: English DTS
Languages: English 5.1
Languages: French Dolby Surround
Languages: Spanish Dolby Surround
Languages: Feature Commentary: On
Languages: Feature Commentary: Off
Feature Commentary By Co-Writer and Director James Mangold: On
Feature Commentary By Co-Writer and Director James Mangold: Off
More Man in Black - Deleted Scenes
Commentary By Co-Writer and Director James Mangold: On
Commentary By Co-Writer and Director James Mangold: Off
Cry, Cry, Cry
Ezra & Maybelle Carter
I Still Miss Someone
On the Phone
At the Bar
At the Bank
Walk the Line Theatrical Trailer
Walk the Line Soundtrack Promo
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Walk the Line based on 0 ratings. 45 reviews.
I have never been a fan of Johnny Cash or June Carter. But a friend and I were going to see Harry Potter when we were told the projector had broke and the only other movie for our time was Walk the Line. To say the least we were both disappointed. Until Joaquin and Reese told the story of Johnny and June. It was a great movie, performance and love story.
Walk the Line is an amazing movie with an amazing script and even better actors. Before i saw this movie, I knew nothing about the life of Johnny Cash but once I saw it I fell in love with it. I even went back to see it a second time and cannot wait for it to come out on dvd! The thing that I liked most about this movie is definitely the love story between John and June. Their love story is so real and timeless you can't help but leave the theaters being jealous. Go ahead and rent the movie.........I guarantee you won't be disappointed.
There was never a dull minute in this movie. I don't know why the director wasn't nominated for the Oscar. Joaquin's performance should have won the Oscar. He was so good. They didn't make Johnny Cash out to be Mr. Perfect. They showed that he could be very unkind to his first wife and neglected his children. The first part of the movie where he loses his brother is heartbreaking.This movie appealed to every age group.
A great movie with great acting and not to mention the singing. I nearly had a heart attack when he opened his mouth and started singing. He sounds so much like Johnny Cash! The movie was throughly romantic and funny. I loved it, loved it.
Everything about this movie is great: the music, the drama, the writing, the performances. I Loved It!
I own the org. LP Ring of Fire. When I was in Jr.High, I wanted to change my name to Johnny, but my parents put there foot down.This movie doesn't hold back. The actors did a GREAT job in it.There was laughter and tears from me. I don't care if they all, did not win an Oscar. In my book,an Oscar is beneath there worth. MY NAME IS MICKIE. HOW DO YOU DO!
I have not been a Johnny Cash fan, but I was intrigued enough to see this movie. Whew! What a life. All the characters seemed so natural that it almost seemed as if they were the real people. It was very enjoyable.
I have always loved Johnnie Cash and was in the 6th grade when he started his career. I have always seen him from an audience perspective before until this movie. There is an intimate sharing a secret quality in the filming of the stage presentations with which I especially identified. My late husband of 35 years and I sang together for many years and I recognize that intimate approach. This perspective takes this movie out of the biopic class into the classic human drama category. Thank you so much for this testimony to the way human beings can soar.
Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon did an excellent job portraying Johnny and June. I was amazed that they both did the singing in the movie. They certainly researched the people they were going to play very well.
This was the best movie i saw last year and so was harry potter. I figured i'd be watching ray again no but walk the line was the best movie of 2005
I finally saw the movie "Walk the Line. Boy was I impressed. Very good movie that I'd recommend to all Johnny Cash/June Carter fans.
I am now obsessed with John Cash/June Carter Cash. This film pulls you into their lives and their magnificent peformances of singing are nothing short of phenomenal! The fact that "Jackson" went Number One on Billboard is amazing from two people who didn't feel they could sing well anough to do their own singing in this movie. Like Oprah says " God has a bigger plan for you than you could ever have for yourself". Ain't it the truth! Since seeing the movie I have been buying Cash/Carter CDs and researching their lives. This movie has a driving force that makes you want to know these two people more and to follow them through later years in their lives. I highly recommend this one.
This is one of the best movies I have seen ever! Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon were nothing short of Great! They both sang the songs in the movie and you can tell they did their homework. I grew up listening to Johnny Cash and June Carter and following their careers and the speech, their movements, singing, and finally the deliverance of these two characters they portrayed was phenomenal. Reese deserved the Oscar for her performance because she is an actress in the league of the best there is. She was spectacular. Joaquin Phoenix did such a great job of portraying Johnny Cash, especially with the way he moved his lips and stood and held his guitar, there were times I thought I was actually watching Johnny Cash perform. Now that is what a great actor does! If ever a Great Actor put out a performance that deserved an Oscar - this man, Joaquin Phoenix, did. I was appalled that he did not receive an Oscar for this movie! Believe me, I have watched this movie 10 times already and will probably watch it another hundred times and it is well worth the few dollars I paid for it.
this movie is such a wonderful movie it had a great story although i am not really a johnny cash fan i loved this movie. reese witherspoon is a really good in this movie and i would recemmend this to anyone , its something worth your time and your money
if you have not seen this moive yet you got to see it. it just a wonderful moive. it has everything you can ask for in a moive: dancing, singing, laughter, and most of all great drama in the mix of things. forgot one more imporant thing it has a beaufuil love story. so if you havent go out and see it. go ahead and see it. you are going to love it.
It was the best movie ever.It was passionate,sad, and moving all at once.I loved Reese Witherspoons performance.I loved it!!
This movie was awesome! I've always thought that Resse Witherspoon had a certain magic on screen. She played the part so well. And so did Joaqin Pheonix (I spelled that wrong, probably!) I'd reccomend it to anyone who likes a rough road leading to a happy ending.
I love this movie so much. I saw it 6 times in movie theaters from the day it premiered to just 2 weeks ago. Joaquin Phoenix gave the perfect performance as The Man in Black. He is just amazing and looks so hot in all of those costumes!!! Anyway, Reese Witherspoon is just so awesome as June. There is no way the movie could have been better it was so amazing. They found the perfect people to star in this movie and trust me their chemistry on screen is just unbelieveable. This movie will make you laugh and cry. It's a shame that Joaquin might not win the Oscar because he could have won any other year, but who knows it might be a tie or an upset. I hope so. This movie is so worth buying on DVD. Trust me if you love Johnny Cash and Joaquin Phoenix then this is a movie i would definitely recommend. It is the perfect mix of everything and the singing is unbelieveably outstanding. Did i mention that Joaquin Phoenix looks amazing???