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Walk the Line
Directed by James Mangold
Produced by James Keach
Cathy Konrad
Written by Gill Dennis
James Mangold
Starring Joaquin Phoenix
Reese Witherspoon
Ginnifer Goodwin
Robert Patrick
Music by T-Bone Burnett
Cinematography Phedon Papamichael
Editing by Michael McCusker
Distributed by 20th Century Fox
Release date(s) November 18, 2005
Running time 135 min.
Country United States
Language English
Budget $28,000,000
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Walk the Line is an Academy Award, Golden Globe, and Grammy Award-winning film chronicling the life of the American country singer Johnny Cash. The title is taken from one of Cash's best known songs, "I Walk the Line". I Walk the Line is a song written by Johnny Cash and recorded in 1956. ... Walk the Line is the soundtrack from the movie Walk the Line released November 15, 2005 by Wind-Up Records. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (508x755, 205 KB) Licensing File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... James Mangold (born December 1964) is an American film director born in New York City, New York best known for the independent film Heavy, winner of the best directing prize at Sundance; Cop Land starring Sylvester Stallone, Robert DeNiro, Harvey Keitel and Ray Liotta; Girl, Interrupted, which won the Best... James Keach born (December 7, 1947 in Savannah, Georgia) is an American actor, producer, and director. ... James Mangold (born December 1964) is an American film director born in New York City, New York best known for the independent film Heavy, winner of the best directing prize at Sundance; Cop Land starring Sylvester Stallone, Robert DeNiro, Harvey Keitel and Ray Liotta; Girl, Interrupted, which won the Best... Joaquín Rafael Phoenix (pronounced IPA: ) (born October 28, 1974), formerly credited as Leaf Phoenix, is as a two-time Academy Award-nominated, Golden Globe and Grammy Award-winning Puerto Rican film actor. ... Laura Jeanne Reese Witherspoon (born March 22, 1976),[1] known simply as Reese Witherspoon, is an Academy Award-winning American actress. ... Ginnifer Goodwin Ginnifer Goodwin (born May 22, 1978) is an American actress. ... Robert Patrick (born November 5, 1958) is a Saturn Award-winning American film and television actor. ... [[]] The True False Identity, 2006. ... Phedon Papamichael is a cinematographer and a director. ... Michael McCusker (Mike McCusker) is the Academy Award-nominated American film editor of the Johnny Cash biopic, Walk the Line and winner of the prestigious ACE Eddie Award (American Cinema Editors) for Best Edited Feature Film (Comedy or Musical). ... Twentieth (20th) Century Fox Film Corporation (known from 1935 to 1985 as Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation) is one of the six major American film studios. ... is the 322nd day of the year (323rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... Academy Award The Academy Awards, popularly known as the Oscars, are the most prominent and most watched film awards ceremony in the world. ... The Golden Globe Award The Golden Globe Awards are American awards for motion pictures and television programs, given out each year during a formal dinner. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... This article is about motion pictures. ... Country music, once known as Country and Western music, is a popular musical form developed in the southern United States, with roots in traditional folk music, spirituals, and the blues. ... For the song of the same name, recorded by Tracy Byrd and later by Jason Aldean, see Johnny Cash (song). ... I Walk the Line is a song written by Johnny Cash and recorded in 1956. ...


The film focuses on Cash's younger life, his romance with June Carter, and his ascent to the country music scene, with material taken from his autobiographies. Walk the Line's production budget is estimated to have been $28,000,000.[1] For the song of the same name, recorded by Tracy Byrd and later by Jason Aldean, see Johnny Cash (song). ... Valerie June Carter Cash (June 23, 1929 – May 15, 2003) was a singer, songwriter, actress and comedian and was a member of the Carter Family, and the second wife of singer Johnny Cash. ... For the song of the same name, recorded by Tracy Byrd and later by Jason Aldean, see Johnny Cash (song). ...


The film previewed at the Telluride Film Festival on September 4, 2005, and went into wide release on November 18. This film was nominated for five Academy Awards including Best Actor (Joaquin Phoenix) and Best Actress (Reese Witherspoon). Witherspoon won the Oscar for Best Actress, the film's sole Oscar winner. 32nd Poster, by Dave McKean The Telluride Film Festival was started in 1974 by Bill and Stella Pence, Tom Luddy and Jim Card in the town of Telluride, Colorado. ... is the 247th day of the year (248th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... This is a list of film-related events in 2005. ... is the 322nd day of the year (323rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Academy Award The Academy Awards, popularly known as the Oscars, are the most prominent and most watched film awards ceremony in the world. ... Joaquín Rafael Phoenix (pronounced IPA: ) (born October 28, 1974), formerly credited as Leaf Phoenix, is as a two-time Academy Award-nominated, Golden Globe and Grammy Award-winning Puerto Rican film actor. ... Laura Jeanne Reese Witherspoon (born March 22, 1976),[1] known simply as Reese Witherspoon, is an Academy Award-winning American actress. ...


As of August 22, 2006, the film had grossed a total of US $186,438,883 worldwide. On February 28, 2006, a single-disc DVD and a two-discs collector's edition DVD were released; these sold three million copies on their first day of release.[2] is the 234th day of the year (235th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... // Please note that following the tradition of the English language film industry, these are the top grossing films that were first released in the United States and Canada in 2006; because they may have made most of their income in a later year, they may not be the top-grossing... Size comparison: A 12 cm Sony DVD+RW and a 19 cm Dixon Ticonderoga pencil. ...

Contents

Cast

Actor Role
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
Shelby Lynne Carrie Cash
Tyler Hilton Elvis Presley
Waylon Payne Jerry Lee Lewis
Shooter Jennings Waylon Jennings
Sandra Ellis Lafferty Maybelle Carter
Dan Beene Ezra Carter
Clay Steakley W.S. Holland
Johnathan Rice Roy Orbison
Johnny Holiday Carl Perkins
Hailey Anne Nelson Rosanne Cash
Rhoda Griffis Five and Dime Manager
McGhee Monteith Reba Cash

Joaquín Rafael Phoenix (pronounced IPA: ) (born October 28, 1974), formerly credited as Leaf Phoenix, is as a two-time Academy Award-nominated, Golden Globe and Grammy Award-winning Puerto Rican film actor. ... For the song of the same name, recorded by Tracy Byrd and later by Jason Aldean, see Johnny Cash (song). ... Laura Jeanne Reese Witherspoon (born March 22, 1976),[1] known simply as Reese Witherspoon, is an Academy Award-winning American actress. ... Valerie June Carter Cash (June 23, 1929 – May 15, 2003) was a singer, songwriter, actress and comedian and was a member of the Carter Family, and the second wife of singer Johnny Cash. ... Ginnifer Goodwin Ginnifer Goodwin (born May 22, 1978) is an American actress. ... Vivian Liberto (April 23, 1934 – May 24, 2005) met Johnny Cash in 1950 at a roller skating rink in San Antonio, Texas three weeks before the Air Force deployed him to Germany. ... Robert Patrick (born November 5, 1958) is a Saturn Award-winning American film and television actor. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Sam Phillips, born Samuel Cornelius Phillips (January 5, 1923 – June 30, 2003), was a record producer who played an important role in the emergence of rock and roll as the major form of popular music in the 1950s. ... Luther Monroe Perkins (January 8, 1928 – August 5, 1968) was an American country music guitarist renowned for his work with Johnny Cash and their boom-chicka rhythmic style. ... Shelby Lynne (born Shelby Lynne Moorer, October 22, 1968, Quantico, Virginia) is an American country music singer, songwriter and actress. ... Tyler James Hilton (born on November 22, 1983, in Palm Springs, California) is a singer-songwriter and actor. ... “Elvis” redirects here. ... Waylon Payne is the son of country singer Sammi Smith (Help Me Make It Through the Night) and longtime Willie Nelson guitarist Jody Payne, as well as the godson and namesake of Waylon Jennings. ... Jerry Lee Lewis (born September 29, 1935), also known by the nickname The Killer, is an American rock and roll and country music singer, songwriter, and pianist. ... Waylon Albright (Shooter) Jennings (born May 19, 1979) is an American country music singer, and the only child of Waylon Jennings and Jessi Colter. ... Waylon Jennings in 1965. ... Maybelle Carter (May 10, 1909 – October 23, 1978) was an American Country music musician. ... W.S. Holland earned the nickname Fluke because at the time he made his first recording for the legendary Sun Records he had only played the drums once before! He performed on the original version of Blue Suede Shoes by Carl Perkins and his life was never to be the... Johnathan Rice is a singer/songwriter. ... Roy Kelton Orbison (April 23, 1936 – December 6, 1988), nicknamed The Big O, was an influential American singer-songwriter, guitarist and a pioneer of rock and roll whose recording career spanned more than four decades. ... Plays the elder scribe in Miller Lights Men of the Square Table ad. ... Carl Lee Perkins (April 9, 1932 – January 19, 1998) was an American pioneer of rockabilly music, a mix of rhythm and blues and country music that was recorded most notably at Sun Records in Memphis beginning in 1954. ... Hailey Anne Nelson (born September 14, 1994 in USA) is an American child actress. ... Rosanne Cash from the back cover of Rhythm & Romance (1985). ... Rhoda Griffis is an American actress. ...

Plot summary

The film details Johnny Cash's life from his growing up as the son of a cotton picker in Dyess, Arkansas, dealing with the death of his brother, his drug addiction, subsequent rescue by future wife June Carter, and his famous concert at Folsom State Prison. Image File history File links Broom_icon. ... For the song of the same name, recorded by Tracy Byrd and later by Jason Aldean, see Johnny Cash (song). ... For other uses, see Cotton (disambiguation). ... Look up Harvest in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Dyess is a town in Mississippi County, Arkansas, United States. ... For the song of the same name, recorded by Tracy Byrd and later by Jason Aldean, see Johnny Cash (song). ... Valerie June Carter Cash (June 23, 1929 – May 15, 2003) was a singer, songwriter, actress and comedian and was a member of the Carter Family, and the second wife of singer Johnny Cash. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


The film opens in medias res with an exterior shot of Folsom Prison. The grounds are quiet except for the faint sound of music. Two guards on their tower peer at the main building. As we slowly approach the main building, the music begins to increase in volume. The camera tracks past empty cells and halls as the music becomes louder and more distinct; now cheering can be heard. Finally we see the source of the cheering: an audience of inmates for Johnny Cash's band, which is playing a vamp. In the next shot, a table saw rests on a table as a hand casually strokes the blade. After repeated calls, we are made aware that the hand is that of Johnny Cash. (Later we learn that the voice calling him onstage is that of the prison warden.) In medias res, also medias in res (Latin for into the middle of things) is a literary and artistic technique where the narrative starts in the middle of the story instead of from its beginning (ab ovo or ab initio). ... In Jazz, a vamp is simply a repeating bass figure. ... A table saw or sawbench is the most common piece of large woodworking equipment. ...


In the next scene, Cash is a boy. (His legal name was "J. R. Cash", as he did not adopt the name "John" until entering the Air Force.) He and his brother Jack are listening to the radio; the 10-year-old June Carter is singing. Valerie June Carter Cash (June 23, 1929 – May 15, 2003) was a singer, songwriter, actress and comedian and was a member of the Carter Family, and the second wife of singer Johnny Cash. ...

Johnny Cash (Joaquin Phoenix) performs for prisoners at Folsom Prison.
Johnny Cash (Joaquin Phoenix) performs for prisoners at Folsom Prison.

Early in the movie, Cash and Jack discuss their respective strengths and weaknesses with regard to the Bible and hymns. Jack, who is training to become a pastor, and therefore "needs to know the Bible front to back," is much better at recalling the words and stories of the Bible. J.R., who can sing well like his mother, is adept with the hymns they sing at church. A few scenes later, Jack is sawing wood on a job for a neighbor with J.R. when J.R. abruptly announces that the task is boring. With Jack's permission, he leaves to go fishing. As he walks home later, he is intercepted by his father, Ray, who has visibly fresh blood stains on his overalls. "Where you been?" asks Ray. Jack has been fatally injured in an accident with the saw. J.R.'s relationship with Ray, already strained, becomes much more difficult after the Jack's death. Image File history File links Walktheline2. ... Image File history File links Walktheline2. ... Joaquín Rafael Phoenix (pronounced IPA: ) (born October 28, 1974), formerly credited as Leaf Phoenix, is as a two-time Academy Award-nominated, Golden Globe and Grammy Award-winning Puerto Rican film actor. ... This Gutenberg Bible is displayed by the United States Library. ... A hymn is a type of song, usually religious, specifically written for the purpose of praise, adoration or prayer, and typically addressed to a god or other religiously significant figure. ...


Several years later, J.R. joins the Air Force and is posted to Germany. He seems not to enjoy his time there, but finds solace in playing a guitar he buys and writing songs - one of which will become "Folsom Prison Blues," inspired by a B-movie shown to the troops, Inside the Walls of Folsom Prison. Following his discharge, he marries his girlfriend Vivian Liberto. Folsom Prison Blues is an American country music song written by Johnny Cash in the early 1950s and originally recorded with his trio in 1956 for the Sun Records label. ... Inside the Walls of Folsom Prison is a movie released in 1951. ... Vivian Liberto (April 23, 1934 – May 24, 2005) met Johnny Cash in 1950 at a roller skating rink in San Antonio, Texas three weeks before the Air Force deployed him to Germany. ...


Vivian and John (as he is now generally known) live in relative poverty while John works as a door-to-door salesman to support his growing family (Cash's eldest daughter Rosanne is an infant, and Vivian mentions "another one on the way"). One day, he walks past a recording studio and has an inspiration to organize a band (made up of guitarist Luther Perkins and bassist Marshall Grant, whom his wife describes as "two mechanics who can't hardly play") to play gospel music. Door-to-door selling is a technique used in sales, it is one of the most difficult forms of selling. ... Rosanne Cash from the back cover of Rhythm & Romance (1985). ... A recording studio is a facility for sound recording. ... The Tennessee Three was the backing band for renowned country music and rockabilly singer Johnny Cash, for over 40 years until Cashs semi-retirement in 1996. ... Luther Monroe Perkins (January 8, 1928 – August 5, 1968) was an American country music guitarist renowned for his work with Johnny Cash and their boom-chicka rhythmic style. ... Marshall Grant (born May 1928) is best known as the bassist of the Tennessee Two, Johnny Cashs backing band, in which he played with Luther Perkins. ... Gospel music is a musical genre characterized by dominant vocals (often with strong use of harmony) referencing lyrics of a religious nature, particularly Christian. ...


Cash's band auditions for Sam Phillips, the owner of Sun Records. As they play a pedestrian gospel song ("I Was There When It Happened"), Phillips interrupts and asks Cash to play a song that he really feels. Although his bandmates do not know the tune, he strikes up "Folsom Prison Blues." Cash begins the song hesitantly in the style of a slow, mournful blues tune, the way that he originally wrote it. However, as the song progresses and Cash gains confidence, the song picks up and the familiar "freight train" rhythm begins to assert itself as he picks up the tempo. Everyone in the room brightens as they realize that Cash now has something good and potentially marketable. The performance results in a contract, in fulfilment of which Cash begins touring (as Johnny Cash and the Tennessee Two) with other young Sun artists. Among those he meets on the tour - along with Jerry Lee Lewis, Roy Orbison, Carl Perkins (no relation to Luther Perkins) and Elvis Presley - is June Carter, who performs as both a singer (although she claims to have no talent) and a comedienne. Sam Phillips, born Samuel Cornelius Phillips (January 5, 1923 – June 30, 2003), was a record producer who played an important role in the emergence of rock and roll as the major form of popular music in the 1950s. ... Label of the fourth Sun Records Sun Records has been the name for four 20th century record labels. ... Folsom Prison Blues is an American country music song written by Johnny Cash in the early 1950s and originally recorded with his trio in 1956 for the Sun Records label. ... The Tennessee Two, guitarist Luther Perkins and bassist Marshall Grant, was the backing band for legendary country music singer Johnny Cash during his early years at Sun Records. ... Jerry Lee Lewis (born September 29, 1935), also known by the nickname The Killer, is an American rock and roll and country music singer, songwriter, and pianist. ... Roy Kelton Orbison (April 23, 1936 – December 6, 1988), nicknamed The Big O, was an influential American singer-songwriter, guitarist and a pioneer of rock and roll whose recording career spanned more than four decades. ... Carl Lee Perkins (April 9, 1932 – January 19, 1998) was an American pioneer of rockabilly music, a mix of rhythm and blues and country music that was recorded most notably at Sun Records in Memphis beginning in 1954. ... “Elvis” redirects here. ... Valerie June Carter Cash (June 23, 1929 – May 15, 2003) was a singer, songwriter, actress and comedian and was a member of the Carter Family, and the second wife of singer Johnny Cash. ...


Cash's career goes from strength to strength, and he finds himself spending more time with June, who divorces her husband at this time. After his romantic intentions are rebuffed one night in rural Texas, Cash is offered drugs and alcohol and soon begins to behave erratically. June tells him (and many of the other artists on the tour) at one point that they cannot "walk the line," prompting Cash to write "I Walk the Line." I Walk the Line is a song written by Johnny Cash and recorded in 1956. ...


The erratic behaviour peaks one night when Cash invites June on stage to sing a duet. Cash suggests a love song ("Time's A Wastin'") which June recorded with her first husband Carl Smith (whom she has recently divorced). She feels uncomfortable performing it with Cash, but he ignores her protests and kisses her in the middle of the performance. She storms off the stage and they go their separate ways, despite Cash's protest that "it was only a song." Note: This article is about a musician. ...

June Carter (Reese Witherspoon) performs with Johnny Cash on stage.
June Carter (Reese Witherspoon) performs with Johnny Cash on stage.

Some time later, the still addicted Cash (his father tells him that he would do well to start "sleeping at night...or eating...or both") takes his wife to an awards program which June also attends. Despite his wife's objections to the level of interest he is paying her, Cash persuades June (who is divorcing her second husband, a stock car driver) to come out of semi-retirement and tour with him. Image File history File links Walkthelinemovie1. ... Image File history File links Walkthelinemovie1. ... Laura Jeanne Reese Witherspoon (born March 22, 1976),[1] known simply as Reese Witherspoon, is an Academy Award-winning American actress. ...


The tour is a great success (June is shown performing "Wildwood Flower" solo, and, with Cash, the hits "Jackson" and "It Ain't Me Babe"), but backstage Cash's wife is critical of June's influence. After one performance, Cash and June sleep together in her hotel room. The next morning, as June is on the phone with one of her daughters, she notices Cash taking several pills and begins to doubt the wisdom of continuing the previous night's relationship. At that evening's concert, Cash, upset by Carter's apparent rejection, is incoherent during his customary "Hello, I'm Johnny Cash" opening, forgets the lyrics to the song "I Got Stripes," loses control of the microphone stand, kicks out the footlights, and ultimately passes out. The remainder of the tour is cancelled. The distraught June disposes of Cash's drugs and begins to write "Ring of Fire", describing her feelings for Cash and her pain at watching him descend into addiction. Wildwood Flower is an American song, best known through performances and recordings by the Carter Family. ... Jackson is a song written by Jerry Leiber and Billy Edd Wheeler about a married couple who find that the fire has gone out of their relationship. ... It Aint Me Babe is the title of a 1964 song by Bob Dylan, first included on his album, Another Side of Bob Dylan album. ... Ring of Fire is a country music song popularized by Johnny Cash and co-written by June Carter and Merle Kilgore. ...


On his way home, Cash travels to Mexico to purchase more drugs and is busted in El Paso, Texas. Vivian is not pleased, however, and between his substance abuse and her awareness of his interest in June, the tensions in Cash's marriage rise when he tries to put up "pictures of my band" (most of which seem to be of June) at home over his wife's objections. After a final violent dispute, the pair separate and Cash moves to Nashville, where he shares living quarters with Waylon Jennings. El Paso redirects here. ... Waylon Jennings in 1965. ...


Cash tries to reconcile with June, which involves a long walk to her house (his car is in the shop and he has no cash to reclaim it). He is sent on his way, with June informing him that she misses her "old friend John" and doesn't like "this new guy, Cash." On the way back he collapses in the rain. After coming round the next day he sees a large house near a lake in Hendersonville, Tennessee and promptly buys it. His parents, and the extended Carter family (June, her daughters and her parents, Maybelle and Ezra) arrive for Thanksgiving, at which time the ever-critical Cash Sr. dismisses Cash's achievements and behavior, citing as an example of Cash's carelessness an expensive tractor stuck in the mud in view of the house. After a tense meal, Cash decides to prove his father wrong by freeing the tractor. June and her family watch in concern as Cash struggles with the machine; June's mother, apparently aware of her daughter's true feelings toward Cash, encourages her to go help him, because "he's mixed up." June at first refuses, but runs to Cash's aid when the tractor, in reverse, goes into the lake. (She pulls him out of the water in a scene suggesting a Christian baptism.) Under the influence of the Carters (which extends to June's parents, shotguns in hand, chasing away Cash's drug dealer), Cash cleans himself up. Hendersonville is a large town in Sumner County, Tennessee, USA, on Old Hickory Lake. ... Maybelle Carter (May 10, 1909 – October 23, 1978) was an American Country music musician. ... The art of diplomacy, painted by Jean Leon Gerome Ferris (1863-1930). ... This article is about the Christian religious act of Baptism. ...


Stabilized, Cash notices in fan mail that many of his fans are prisoners, dresses in his customary black, visits his recording company (now Columbia Records) and makes a proposal to record an album live inside Folsom Prison. His record company is doubtful, arguing that the musical world has changed in the time Cash was rehabilitating, but he says bluntly that he will perform on a given date and the label can use the tapes if they think the music is any good. Columbia Records is the oldest brand name in recorded sound, dating back to 1888, and was the first record company to produce pre-recorded records as opposed to blank cylinders. ...


At this point the film returns to the opening scene with the warden speaking to Cash. The warden requests that Cash not play any more songs that would remind the inmates that they are in prison. Cash laughs wryly and replies, "You think they forgot?"


At the Folsom Prison concert Cash tells how he always admired prisoners, explaining that his brief prison stay after his drug bust really made him "feel like I'd seen a thing or two, you know?" But, he continues, he now realizes his experiences really can't compare because "I ain't never had to drink this yellow water you got here at Folsom!" Performing "Cocaine Blues" to great acclaim from the prisoners, the concert is a great success, and Cash embarks on a tour with June and his old band. Cocaine Blues is a song written by TJ Arnall, though it is a rework of a traditional song title Little Sadie. Johnny Cash famously peformed the song at his Folsom Prison concert, an event portrayed by Joaquin Phoenix in Walk The Line. ...


The scene changes to a tour bus in the dead of night. Cash, disturbed by "bad dreams...memories," goes to see June in the back of the bus. (On his way he removes a cigarette from the mouth of a sleeping Luther Perkins, who in real life died around this time when his house caught fire; in his biography Cash said he believed Luther Perkins' house fire was caused by a cigarette.) Waking June at 2 AM, he proposes to her, but she turns him down. Cash tells her that that was the last time; June replies that she doesn't like "re-runs". At the concert, June tells Cash that he is allowed to speak to her only on stage. Luther Monroe Perkins (January 8, 1928 – August 5, 1968) was an American country music guitarist renowned for his work with Johnny Cash and their boom-chicka rhythmic style. ... Luther Monroe Perkins (January 8, 1928 – August 5, 1968) was an American country music guitarist renowned for his work with Johnny Cash and their boom-chicka rhythmic style. ...


The concert features "Ring of Fire", for which Cash acknowledges June. He then persuades her to join him in a duet of "Jackson". In the middle of the song, Cash breaks off; June looks concerned. Cash explains that he "just can't sing this song any more" unless she agrees to marry him. June is reluctant to give an answer, but Cash continues with his proposal:

"Now I've asked you forty different ways and it's time you come up with a fresh answer...I'm asking you to marry me. I love you, June. Now I know I said and done a lotta things—that I hurt you—but I promise, I'll never do that again. I only want to take care of you. I will not leave you like that Dutch boy with your finger in the dam...You're my best friend. Marry me."

June tearfully agrees, and after a long embrace the scene fades to the deck of Cash's home in Hendersonville. Cash watches his father interact with Cash's daughter Rosanne and June's daughter Carlene. He jokes with his father, their tense relationship having apparently begun to heal. The final shot shows Cash continuing down the stairs to the pier, looking up, and meeting June's eyes where she is fishing with her father. They look at each other and Cash smiles and the frame freezes; the scene then changes to footage of the couple performing together, with brief biographical information about Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash superimposed over it. Hendersonville is a large town in Sumner County, Tennessee, USA, on Old Hickory Lake. ... Rosanne Cash from the back cover of Rhythm & Romance (1985). ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... For the song of the same name, recorded by Tracy Byrd and later by Jason Aldean, see Johnny Cash (song). ... Valerie June Carter Cash (June 23, 1929 – May 15, 2003) was a singer, songwriter, actress and comedian and was a member of the Carter Family, and the second wife of singer Johnny Cash. ...


Critics' reaction

Critics generally responded with positive reviews, garnering an 83% on Rotten Tomatoes[3], almost exactly the same score received by Ray[4], a biopic on Ray Charles to which the film is often compared. This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... Ray is a 2004 biographical film focusing on thirty years[2]of the life of legendary rhythm and blues musician Ray Charles. ... For the composer and conductor of the Ray Charles Singers, see Ray Charles (composer). ...


Baltimore Sun reviewer Michael Sragow wrote, "What Phoenix and Witherspoon accomplish in this movie is transcendent. They act with every bone and inch of flesh and facial plane, and each tone and waver of their voice. They do their own singing with a startling mastery of country music's narrative musicianship."[5] The Baltimore Sun is the major newspaper in Baltimore, Maryland, with a daily press run of about 430,000 copies, and a Sunday run of 540,000 copies. ...


Phoenix's performance inspired notable film critic Roger Ebert to write, "Knowing Johnny Cash's albums more or less by heart, I closed my eyes to focus on the soundtrack and decided that, yes, that was the voice of Johnny Cash I was listening to. The closing credits make it clear it's Joaquin Phoenix doing the singing, and I was gob-smacked." [6] Roger Joseph Ebert (born June 18, 1942) is a Pulitzer Prize-winning American film critic. ...


Some, including Las Vegas Weekly reviewer Jeffrey M. Anderson, believed the film suffered from having important events distilled into meaningless and unrealistic circumstances. Anderson also accused director Mangold of "stretch[ing] and dilut[ing] the core story until it resembles less a great man's life than a TV movie of the week."[7] “Telefilm” redirects here. ...


Reviews

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Literary license

Some events in the film were compressed or altered when compared with those described in Cash's 1997 autobiography:

  • Some critics have disputed[citation needed] the extent of the enmity between Johnny Cash and his father. The film portrays his father as blaming Johnny for going fishing the day Jack had his fatal accident. In his biography, Johnny wrote that he, Jack, and their mother all had a premonition earlier that day. Both Johnny and his mother urged Jack to go fishing with Johnny, but Jack insisted on going to work, as the family needed the money. It is true that Ray picked Johnny up along the road as shown in the film. Johnny only said that his father ordered him into the car, not with an accusatory "Where have you been?" However, Johnny actually had only a couple of pages in his book that talked about his father, whom he called an "enigma" and described some incidents of near-physical violence. He also said that his father became a much gentler man as he got older, which is suggested in one of the final scenes in the film in which he plays with his grandchildren. Also, Ray was actually in attendance and introduced to the audience at the famous Folsom Prison concert, which was not shown in the film.
  • Cash actually created the song "Folsom Prison Blues" based on both the film "Inside the Walls of Folsom Prison" and musician-arranger- conductor Gordon Jenkins composition "Crescent City Blues," appropriating the melody and some of the lyrics. During his Air Force stint, Cash owned the Jenkins LP "Seven Dreams" that included the song. In 1969, Jenkins, admired for his orchestrations and arrangements for Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra and others, prepared to sue for copyright infringement but a settlement was reached in which they shared composer credit.
  • The scene in which Tennessee Two bass player Marshall Grant detonates a home-made bomb on a tree was a condensation of the pre-drug abuse carrying-on of Cash and his musicians during long tours. In addition to pyrotechnics, the group also rearranged motel furniture. Cash was known to paint hotel rooms black and saw the legs off tables and chairs, cheerfully paying the damages when caught.
  • The film failed to explain that Cash wrote the songs "Rock and Roll Ruby" (recorded by Sun artist Warren Smith) and "You're My Baby" (recorded by Orbison). It also ignored the fact that Cash suggested to his friend Perkins, he write the song "Blue Suede Shoes," based on a black airman Cash knew in Germany who jokingly claimed his Air Force standard issue shoes were really suede shoes when he had a weekend pass from the base.
  • As bad as Cash's addiction to amphetamines was portrayed in the film, it only hints at how bad it got over his 10-year binge. Johnny described some truly hair-raising incidents in his book. His actual detoxification, presided over by June and her family, occurred after Cash had emerged from a cave into which he had wandered, hoping to die and never be found. In the film he is often shown drinking beer as a "chaser" to the pills, which was true, as the beer tempered the effect of the pills to an extent.
  • The film failed to credit the man who supervised June's and her family's oversight of Cash's detoxification: Nat Winston, who was Tennessee Mental Health Commissioner at the time. Cash credited Winston as well as June's family for overseeing his treatment though he later relapsed. However this is probably due to the fact that he is not included in the 1997 autobiography, most likely as a polite assurance of anonymity to Mr Winston's family.
  • According to Cash, his first marriage was on the rocks before he became seriously involved with June. He was very candid about having "wrecked" his first marriage due largely to his addiction to pills. Vivian refused to grant him a divorce for a number of years, but after the bizarre cave incident she decided that she had had enough.
  • Cash's prison concerts were not a novelty in 1968, as he had been doing such shows at prisons since the late 1950s. It is true that there was a dispute among his record producers about doing a live concert album on his next visit to Folsom Prison, although some of them were supportive. The movie also failed to mention Columbia Records producer Bob Johnston, who was the actual person Cash consulted to record a prison concert, and who lined up the recording session at Folsom (the reason Folsom Prison was selected for the legendary recording was simply because they returned Johnston's call first--the other prison contacted was San Quentin, which later became the setting for Cash's most successful album in his lifetime).
  • During his first audition for Sam Phillips' Sun Records, Phillips rejects the song "I Was There When It Happened" explaining "Sorry, I can't market gospel anymore". However, Sun Records made a recording of the song performed by Cash in 1957. Yet, Sam Phillips' refusal to allow Cash to record the amount of gospel that he desired to was one of the major factors that led to him moving to Columbia (as can be read in "Cash: The Autobiography").
  • The framing device of using the table saw in the Folsom Prison wood shop to inspire Cash's memories of his brother's death (and thereby showing that most of the movie is told as a flashback) was not possible, as the performers waited in the prison's kitchen before coming on stage.

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Awards

Academy Awards record
1. Best Actress (Reese Witherspoon)
Golden Globe Awards record
1. Best Musical or Comedy Picture
2. Best M/C Actor (Joaquin Phoenix)
2. Best M/C Actress (Reese Witherspoon)
BAFTA Awards record
1. Best Actress (Reese Witherspoon)
2. Best Sound

Witherspoon's performance was repeatedly recognized, including an Academy Award for Best Actress and awards such as the following: The Academy Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role is one of the awards given to actresses working in the motion picture industry by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences; nominations are made by Academy members who are actors and actresses. ...

Witherspoon also received "Best Actress" awards from various regional critics groups, including: The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA), is a British organization that hosts annual awards shows for film, television, childrens film and television, and interactive media. ... The Critics Choise Award for Best Actress is one of the nineteen awards given to people working in the motion picture industry by the Broadcast Film Critics Association. ... The Golden Globe Award The Golden Globe Awards are American awards for motion pictures and television programs, given out each year during a formal dinner. ... The National Society of Film Critics or NSFC is an American film critic organization. ... The Online Film Critics Society (OFCS) , the professional association for film journalists, scholars and historians who publish their reviews, interviews and essays exclusively or primarily in the online media. ... 10th Satellite Awards December 13, 2004 Picture, Drama: Picture, Musical or Comedy: Series, Drama: Series, Musical or Comedy: The 10th Satellite Awards, honoring the best in film- and televisionmaking in 2005, were given on 17 December 2005. ... 12th SAG Awards January 29, 2006 Film: Best Cast Television Best Cast - Drama Series: Best Cast - Comedy Series The 12th Screen Actors Guild Awards were presented in Los Angeles on January 29, 2006. ...


DVD release

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Miscellanea

Phoenix portraying Cash.
Phoenix portraying Cash.
  • Witherspoon told Oprah Winfrey that she had second thoughts about starring in the film and that she had wanted to back out of her agreement to the point where she involved her lawyer to try to get her out of the film. She later changed her mind and took the role up as a challenge.
  • Phoenix and Witherspoon performed their own vocals and instrument takes in the film's numerous stage appearances. They also released a CD of their vocals along with those of some of the other actors, which is the soundtrack to the movie. However, at least some of the takes on the CD are different takes than those used in the film.
  • Critic Roger Ebert, who gave high praise to the film, reported that he was surprised to learn that the Hollywoodesque scene, in which Cash proposes to Carter onstage during a concert in London, Ontario, was a true event.
  • Both Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon were nominated for CMA Awards in 2006 for the music video for the song Jackson as released on the Walk the Line soundtrack.
  • The scene where Johnny Cash pulls the sink off the wall was unscripted and surprised director James Mangold.[citation needed]
  • Johnny Cash was so taken by the 1980 cult Western film, The Long Riders, that he contacted the film's writer/producer James Keach (who also portrayed Jesse James in it) and the two became close friends. Cash asked Keach to be involved in the development of Walk the Line which Keach produced.[10]
  • Shooter Jennings portrayed his father, Waylon Jennings.
  • Waylon Jenning's godson and namesake, Waylon Payne, played Jerry Lee Lewis.
  • Vocal coach Roger Love trained Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon to sing like their respective characters.[11]
  • The jokes made by Johnny Cash at the Folsom Prison concert in the film about the water reflect jokes made by Johnny Cash at the actual event. He made a passing comment about the fact it tasted like it had "Run off Luther's boots or something". This can be heard at the end of Cash's rendition of "Long Black Veil"
  • There was an uncredited character played by Johnny and June's son, John Carter Cash.
  • The film features two original Johnny Cash songs. "Hey Porter" is played on the radio as Witherspoon wakes up in her hotel room and walks over to the theatre where Phoenix and the others are having a jam session, very reminiscient of the Million Dollar Quartet session from December 4th, 1956. The "Walk the Line" end credits feature the 1967 Cash-Carter duet song "Long-Legged Guitar Pickin' Man".
  • The poster for Walk the Line was designed by Shepard Fairey's design agency, Studio Number One.

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Source material

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References

  1. ^ http://www.boxofficemojo.com/movies/?id=walktheline.htm
  2. ^ http://www.movieweb.com/dvd/news/39/11339.php
  3. ^ http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/walk_the_line/
  4. ^ http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/ray/
  5. ^ Michael Sragow review from the Baltimore Sun [dead link – history]
  6. ^ http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20051117/REVIEWS/51107006/1023
  7. ^ http://www.lasvegasweekly.com/2005/11/17/screen.html
  8. ^ http://www.allmovie.com/cg/avg.dll?p=avg&sql=1:306598
  9. ^ http://www.empireonline.com/reviews/review.asp?DVDID=117246
  10. ^ http://www.findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_qn4155/is_20051209/ai_n15922364/print
  11. ^ http://rogerlove.com/

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