Walk the Line Movie Information

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Overall Rank: 254

Average Rating: 3.1/4

# of Ratings: 591

Theatrical Release Date: 11/18/2005

Blu-ray/DVD Release Date: 03/25/2008

Language: English

Genre: Drama, Biography

MPAA Rating: PG-13

Director: James Mangold

Actors: Joaquin Phoenix, Reese Witherspoon, Robert Patrick, Ginnifer Goodwin, Dallas Roberts, Dan John Miller

Plot: The Biography of music star Johnny Cash follows him as he spends time in the Korean War, to the time he spends in rehab in his later life.

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worleyjamers - wrote on 06/24/2014

Roger Ebert said this about the film and I completely agree with him: "The music is great, the drama is great, the writing is great, the performances are great, I love it!" Joaquin Phoenix gives a brilliant performance as Johnny Cash, and Reese Witherspoon gives the performance of her career!

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mitchellyoung - wrote on 07/19/2012

Proving that his method actor ways are successful, Joaquin Phoenix disappears into the iconic role of Johnny Cash. His presence commands every scene, which is to the film's benefit, as it falls plague to the common biopic error of appearing too episodic. And, of course, those songs...

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Yojimbo - wrote on 04/19/2012

The story of rock'n'roll country singer Johnny Cash, from humble beginnings and childhood tragedy, through to stardom and drug addiction. All the standard music biopic ingredients are here, juxtaposing the glamour of rock stardom with the drudgery of home-life set to a suitably fine soundtrack. Cash fans will enjoy seeing the context from which his songs sprung, but the rest of us will find little we haven't seen many times before in various other films. The performances are all strong and technically it can't be faulted aside from the fact it could've stood to lose 20 minutes in the middle. Well made but otherwise unexceptional.

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Daniel Corleone - wrote on 11/01/2011

Johnny “J.R.” Cash (Joaquin Phoenix) and his band auditions for Sam Phillips, the owner of Sun Records. After Sam gives a little advice in terms of writing songs, Cash plays an original that he wrote. They record a deal and Cash becomes an instant hit. Johnny Cash and the Tennessee Two tours and meet the charming and humane June Carter (Reese Witherspoon). J.R. leaves Vivian Liberto and his kids and relentlessly pursues June. One of the best lines from the film: June - "You are not nothin'. You are a good man, and God has given you a second chance to make things right, John. This is your chance, honey. This is your chance."

Witherspoon’s stunning performance was well rewarded while Phoenix held his own and was positively recognized. Not only was this film about the story of the …

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I walk the line to #37.

mdtinney - wrote on 05/26/2009

James Mangold has proved himself as a diverse director, tackling crime and corruption within the police force (Copland), angst and suicidal tendencies amongst a group of female patients of a mental institution (Girl, Interrupted), and a horror whodunit mystery located at an isolated motel (Identity). Now, Mangold offers up the biopic genre which has recently been showcased as a guaranteed Academy highlight.If ever there were a case of two performers taking over a film and making it their own this is it. Walk the Line is elevated by two of the most brilliant performances you could ever hope to see from Joaquin Phoenix as the legendary Johnny Cash and Reese Witherspoon as June Carter, Cash's partner on stage and eventually offstage as well. The love Johnny Cash and June Carter had for one …

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"The Man in Black" lives on in a good biopic

The M.O.W. - wrote on 08/02/2008

This is the true story of one of the most beloved acts and couples in Country music -- "The Man in Black" Johnny Cash and the love of his life, June Carter-Cash.

I have to admit, biographical movies are not my favorite types of films. I watched this just because it was on my Yahoo Movies recommendation list, and I have to say I was pretty impressed with it.

Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon are excellent as Johnny and June. Phoenix nails Johnny's mannerisms on stage, and starts to really look like "The Man in Black" as the movie progresses. Witherspoon was so good at her performance that she won the Oscar for Best Actress in this film.

You hear some of Johnny and June's biggest hits from early in their careers together and as solo artists. What should surprise you is that …

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