Walk the Line

Walk the Line

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Director: James Mangold

Cast: James Mangold, Joaquin Phoenix, Reese Witherspoon, Ginnifer Goodwin

     
 

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Bill Pearis
Country 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 Seibert
Walk 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 Gleiberman
A big, juicy, enjoyable wide-canvas biography with a handful of indelible moments.
USA Today - Mike Clark
A Johnny Cash biopic equally packed with music and frustrated love, Walk the Line goes from compelling to enthralling.

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Product Details

Release Date:
03/25/2008
UPC:
0024543487951
Original Release:
2005
Rating:
NR
Source:
20th Century Fox
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
2:33:00
Sales rank:
41,155

Special Features

Extended Cut of the Film; Feature commentary with co-writer and Director James Mangold; Disc Two: Bonus features - Johnny Cash Jukebox: Walk The Line extended musical sequences with new introductions featurette; Folsom: Cash and the Comeback featurette; The Cash Legacy featurette; Ring of Fire: The Passion of Johnny and June featurette; Cash and His Faith featurette; Celebrating the Man in Black: The Making of Walk the Line featurette; Walk the Line theatrical trailer; Closed Caption

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
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
James Keach Warden
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
Michael Ingersoll Donzil
Carter Thrower Sheriff
Jean-Paul McNeely Musician
Brian Deas NCO
Glenda Pannell Neighbor Woman
Amy Kudela Wanda
Tracee Miller Birdie Perkins

Technical Credits
James Mangold Director,Screenwriter
Brian Avery Stunts
Lisa Beach Casting
Gloria Belz Makeup
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
Gill Dennis Screenwriter
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
Sarah Katzman Casting
James Keach Producer
Rhonda Keaton Costumes/Costume Designer
Cathy Konrad Producer
Jack Lofton Stunts
Katie Lofton Stunts
David Luckenbach Camera Operator
Paul Massey Sound Mixer
Michael McCusker Editor
Margaret C. Morgan Costumes/Costume Designer
Danny O'Grady Set Decoration/Design
Phedon Papamichael Cinematographer
Heidi Pascoe Stunts
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
Brad Wilder Makeup

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Walk the Line
1. Main Titles [2:26]
2. J.R. and Jack [4:13]
3. The Wrong Son [4:16]
4. Leaving Home [2:16]
5. Germany [5:22]
6. The Salesman [3:51]
7. Can't You Hear the Difference? [4:02]
8. One Song [7:10]
9. A Thousand Copies [3:03]
10. Stuck on June [3:13]
11. Get Rhythm [2:26]
12. Backstage [3:43]
13. Alone with June [4:20]
14. New Rules [3:02]
15. All These Boys [2:29]
16. It Just Happened [1:56]
17. Elvis Takes 'Em [4:25]
18. Deeper and Deeper [3:09]
19. A World of Judgement [3:51]
20. The Wrong Song [4:39]
21. Going Home [:43]
22. I Walk the Line [2:33]
23. Missing the Music [1:42]
24. Back on the Road [3:58]
25. It's Not Wrong [4:26]
26. Breakdown [5:48]
27. Busted [5:39]
28. The End of a Marriage [4:53]
29. Disconnected [2:58]
30. Where's My Friend John? [2:24]
31. The New House [2:50]
32. Thanksgiving [3:12]

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