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Walk the Line

Walk the Line

4.6 47
Director: James Mangold

Cast: Joaquin Phoenix, Reese Witherspoon, Ginnifer Goodwin


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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.

Product Details

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Original Release:
20th Century Fox
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[Full Frame]
[DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]

Special Features

Closed Caption; Audio commentary by co-writer and director James Mangold; 10 deleted scenes with optional commentary by James Mangold

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

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Walk the Line
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]


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Walk the Line 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 45 reviews.
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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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Scat30 More than 1 year ago
Everything about this movie is great: the music, the drama, the writing, the performances. I Loved It!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It was the best movie ever.It was passionate,sad, and moving all at once.I loved Reese Witherspoons performance.I loved it!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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???
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