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Walk the Line 2005

A chronicle of country music legend Johnny Cash's life, from his early days on an Arkansas cotton farm to his rise to fame with Sun Records in Memphis, where he recorded alongside Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins...

Release Date:
November 18, 2005
136 min
James Mangold
Dallas Roberts, Robert Patrick, Bob King, ...
Drama, Romance, Biography, ...
USA, Germany
English, Russian

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Solar rating: 9.5


Imdb rating: 7.9

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Incredible cast and story, very touching and instructive as real life, recommend!
if your a fan this movie is a most 8/10
Pheonix and cast accuratly and powerfully portray the man in black
Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon were definitely the right choice to play this biographical movie about Johnny Cash and June Carter.
I truly admire that both sign all the songs themselves, which puts another highlight to this movie.
Walk the Line is a powerful film. From the opening scene, which shows Johnny Cash's band playing in Folsom Prison as Johnny (Joaquin Phoenix) is back stage thinking about his childhood, to Johnny's on stage proposal to June Carter (Reese Witherspoon), you would be hard pressed to find a film about a musician that is more moving and inspiring. Not only is the story entrancing, but the film also brings the music of Johnny Cash to life in a way that most of us have never experienced. In Walk the Line we get to see, and feel, the pain, suffering, frustration, and sometimes even joy, that went into the words and music of this legendary song writer. Johnny Cash's childhood was anything but pleasant. His older brother died at a young age and his father, Ray (Robert Patrick), blamed Johnny for the rest of his life. With no support from his family, or his first wife, Vivian (Ginnifer Goodwin), Johnny was not about to give up on his love of music. He wrote his first song, 'Folsom Prison Blues', while in the Air Force. Later, when Johnny and his band are auditioning to cut a record, we get to see, and hear, the creation of Johnny Cash unfold before our eyes as Johnny and his band play 'Folsom Prison Blues' for the first time. He starts out shaky and unsure, but finishes as a master of his craft. It just so happens that I was listening to 'Folsom Prison Blues' a few days before watching Walk the Line, and I can tell you that after watching this scene, I realized for the first time in my life, the real reason I have always loved the songs of Johnny Cash. The power and feeling behind the words and music in 'Folsom Prison Blues' can not be rivaled. It is an amazing achievement.

From the time Johnny was a child, he was obsessed with June Carter. June and her family were popular singers at the time, and Johnny's obsession lasted a lifetime. Many people have said that June saved Johnny Cash, which to a certain extent is true. She helped him get over his addiction to pills and his self destructive behavior. However, what we see in Walk the Line is that a lot of Johnny's problems were a result of his obsession with June. Either way, it is made clear that Johnny's life was a difficult one.

Although Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon do not look a lot like Johnny and June, they did a great job in capturing their essence. It should also be noted that Joaquin and Reese did their own vocals in the film. There are many times during the film that you will swear it is Johnny Cash's voice you are hearing, instead of a nearly perfect reproduction.
A great biopic. Joaquin Phoenix gives a great, almost uncanny, performance as Cash and Reese Witherspoon an equally commendable performance as June Carter Cash and the two together have great on-screen chemistry. The film is very well made, with a great story, a must see.
"Complete with great music, good acting, and a can't-be-beat plot, this film is a must-see masterpiece!"
One of the best biopics I've seen
Reese Witherspoon provides a bright spot in this drowning (almost pessimistic) biopic about Johnny Cash. She gives a different, astonishing turn and i never thought she could sing well.
A fitting and well produced biopic of musical legend Johnny Cash.

The movie takes us on Cash's journey from poor farm boy to international star and humanitarian through his unique deep downbeat sound. Throughout his remarkable journey we discover the man, his demons and his undeniable love for country singer June Carter.

Joaquin Phoenix plays Cash, capturing his essence without resorting to mere imitation. If Phoenix anchors the movie with a heavyweight performance then Reese Witherspoon who plays June Carter illuminates the piece with a career best performance. Her singing is arguably better than June Carter's ever was.

One of the beauties of this film is the actors actually sing their own songs. So there is no lip synching or mime at play nor does the director use any of Cash/Carter's original tracks.

Another great thing about this movie is the viewer can experience what life was like on the road with a rock'n'roll group during the fifties. This was the start of it all. These guys were travelling altogether in one old battered van across America to let every town hear their music.

Often you'd get four or five major stars such as Jerry Lee Lewis, Elvis, Johnny Cash and Roy Orbison all travelling
in one vehicle to reach some hick town who'd probably never heard of them or even their rock'n'roll music. It was a unique time and hard to think anything similar happening today. The sad fact is that some of them even died travelling together - Big Bopper, Buddy Holly and Richie Valence. This movie certainly captures those "primitive" times for pop stars.

Walk the Line is wonderfully done and rattles along at a great pace with those classic Cash numbers. By the end of the movie you'll want to add Johnny Cash to your Ipod or CD collection, if you hadn't already done so.
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