Walk The Line 2005

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Drama following the life of the legendary 'Man in Black', Johnny Cash. The movie begins in 1955, when a tough, skinny guitar-slinger who called himself J.R. Cash (Joaquin Phoenix) walks into the soon-to-be-famous Sun Studios in Memphis. It was a moment that would have an indelible effect on American culture. With his driving freight-train chords, steel-eyed intensity and a voice as deep and black as night, Cash sang blistering songs of heartache and survival that were gutsy, full of real life and unlike anything heard before. That day kicked off the electrifying early career of Johnny Cash. As he pioneered a fiercely original sound that blazed a trail for rock, country, punk, folk and rap stars to come, Cash began a rough-and-tumble journey of personal transformation. In the most volatile period of his life, he evolved from a self-destructive pop star into the iconic 'Man in Black' - facing down his demons, fighting for the love that would save him time and again, and learning how to walk the razor-thin line between destruction and redemption. Reese Witherspoon won a Best Actress Academy Award for her role as June Carter, Cash's long-suffering wife.

Starring:
Shelby Lynn, Reese Witherspoon
Rental Formats:
DVD, Blu-ray

Product Details

Discs
  • Feature ages_12_and_over
Runtime 2 hours 10 minutes
Starring Shelby Lynn, Reese Witherspoon, Dallas Roberts, Joaquin Phoenix, Ridge Canipe, Jonathan Rice, Tyler Hilton, Shooter Jennings, Sandra Ellis-Lafferty, Waylon Payne, Robert Patrick, Dan Beene, San, Ginnifer Goodwin
Director James Mangold
Genres Drama, Romance
Studio 20TH CENTURY FOX HOME ENTERTAINMENT
Rental release 22 May 2006
Main languages English
Hearing impaired subtitles English
Discs
  • Feature ages_12_and_over
Runtime 2 hours 10 minutes
Starring Shelby Lynn, Reese Witherspoon, Dallas Roberts, Joaquin Phoenix, Ridge Canipe, Jonathan Rice, Tyler Hilton, Shooter Jennings, Sandra Ellis-Lafferty, Waylon Payne, Robert Patrick, Dan Beene, San, Ginnifer Goodwin
Director James Mangold
Genres Drama, Romance
Studio 20TH CENTURY FOX HOME ENTERTAINMENT
Rental release 9 November 2009
Main languages English

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4.5 out of 5 stars

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72 of 75 people found the following review helpful By Kona TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 9 Dec. 2005
Format: DVD
Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon give memorable performances in this story of Johnny Cash and his long-time love, June Carter. Johnny grew up poor on a cotton farm, listening to June Carter and her family sing on the radio. He married a girl from home and started singing, but his wife was jealous of Johnny's career and his time away from home. He met June and was smitten, but they were both married; they continued to tour together for years, through June's second marriage and Johnny's terrible drug abuse. June helped him kick his habit and later, Johnny proposed to her onstage.
I really enjoyed the songs in the movie a lot; I was especially impressed that Phoenix and Witherspoon did their own singing and playing and made it look so easy. Phoenix's Johnny is a tortured and self-destructive soul, and Witherspoon's June is spunky and smart. They have great romantic chemistry on-screen and their close-ups are intense! The supporting cast is uniformly excellent, especially Robert Patrick as Johnny's mean and unrepentant father. "Walk the Line" is an entertaining bio pic with infectious music and two very likeable stars.
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Nigel Miles on 28 April 2006
Format: DVD
I grew up listening to Johnny Cash music played over and over again by my Dad and I really thought I didn't like it at all! I went to see this movie purely because the movie I intended to see wasn't showing. I went with my 11 year old daughter who had never even heard of Johnny Cash.

We went back again after the first showing. It is a 'love story' but a very real and gritty story.

Joaquin Pheonix is more than believeable playing the complicated man in black, and his renditions of Cash's songs are astounding.

Watching Reese Witherspoon in action as June Carter is a treat, and it's easy to see why she earned her Oscar.

Watch out for a passionate performance by Robert Patrick as Johnny's hard liner father.

Altogether a must see film!
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By S. Moss on 18 Dec. 2006
Format: DVD
This film is different. Not in a bad way, in a very refreshing and thoroughly excellent way. Joaquin Phoenix is a convincing Johnny Cash and Reese Witherspoon is phenomenal. The film draws you in and is deeply compelling. I would recommend this film to anyone over the age of about 15. You don't have to be a Johnny Cash fan to enjoy it.
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36 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 26 May 2006
Format: DVD
How two actors can transform themselves into country singers as convincingly as this is breathtaking, and to give such satisfying, spontaneous and riveting performances is amazing.

Just watch the extended versions of the songs on Disc 2, particularly Reese in "Juke Box Blues", it seems she has completely forgotten who she is, she is just living June Carter, also the great duet of them singing "Jackson".

Phoenix becomes Johnny Cash, he doesn't act or mimic him, he is him, watching his performance you can actually see a comment made in one of the extras that Cash "was the most haunted man I have ever met".

This is no romantic biopic, it is a gritty slice of real life, the lives of Johnny Cash and June Carter.

The extras on Disc 2 are every bit as good as the film in their different way, and the extended songs stand up as an album on their own. Buy, but make sure you BUY THE TWO DISC VERSION.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A. Scott on 26 Nov. 2006
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
This is a truly wonderful film, with excellent performances by Phoenix and Wetherspoon. I have never been a fan of Johnny Cash and I honestly didn't think I would like this movie - how wrong could I have been? One of the best movies I have seen in a long time. It was one of those films which kept you watching all the way through and I really was disappointed when it came to an end. I would highly recommend watching this film. It was nothing short of Outstanding!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By tiggrie AKA Sarah on 23 Mar. 2007
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There's not a lot to say that hasn't already been said here!

I knew very little about Cash besides the fact that he died not long ago and a friend is a huge fan of his music. However I was interested enough to want to see the movie and intrigued to see Reese W live out her childhood dream of being a country singer.

Wow.

It's a long movie but I hardly noticed. Some really truly great acting from both leads - a magnificent supporting cast. A compelling, dramatic, and moving story of redemption.

Of necessity the film focuses on a relatively short period of Cash and Carter's life and the genesis of their relationship, but it whets the appetite to find out more about the man and his music. I think it actually works a good deal better than if they had tried to fit his whole life in - it's a snapshot, which has enabled the filmmakers to really get into the story, not skim over things too much.

Witherspoon and Phoenix both put in quite amazing vocal performances. Phoenix in particular beautifully portrays Johnny's journey from wannabe gospel singer nervously trying out his own song for a producer right up to the confident rock star with the inmates of Folsom putty in his hands. Acting, singing and playing wise both actors give it their all, and the supporting actors who learned to sing and singers who learned to act all come out smelling of roses.

Some beautiful and some incredibly powerful scenes - those where June and her family walk Cash through withdrawal from drugs fitting neatly into both those categories and being some of my favourite parts of the film.
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