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Walk the Line (2005)



Critic Consensus: Superior acting and authentic crooning capture the emotional subtleties of the legend of Johnny Cash with a freshness that is a pleasure to watch.

Movie Info

"Walk the Line" follows the early years in the career of American music legend Johnny Cash. The young Cash sets out on life's journey battered by his brother's accidental death and an abusive father, who blames him for the incident. His rise to fame with such hits as "A Boy Named Sue" and "Ring of Fire" is countered by his struggle with amphetamines, barbiturates and alcohol. His instability, both financial and emotional, leads to the failure of his first marriage. The few comforts of his unhappy youth had come from the radio programs of June Carter, the luminous daughter of country music's first family. When their paths cross, it's her devotion and support that becomes his salvation.more
Rating: PG-13 (for some language, thematic material and depiction of drug dependency)
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: James Mangold, Gill Dennis
In Theaters:
On DVD: Feb 28, 2006
Box Office: $119.3M
20th Century Fox - Official Site


Joaquin Phoenix
as Johnny Cash
Reese Witherspoon
as June Carter
Ginnifer Goodwin
as Vivian Cash
Dallas Roberts
as Sam Phillips
Dan John Miller
as Luther Perkins
Larry Bagby
as Marshall Grant
Larry Bagby III
as Marshall Grant
Shelby Lynne
as Carrie Cash
Tyler Hilton
as Elvis Presley
Hailey Anne Nelson
as Rosanne Cash
Waylon Payne
as Jerry Lee Lewis
Shooter Jennings
as Waylon Jennings
Danny Beene
as Ezra Carter
Dan Beene
as Ezra Carter
Sandra Ellis Laffert...
as Maybelle Carter
Clay Steakley
as W.S. "Fluke" Holland
Johnathan Rice
as Roy Orbison
Johnny Holiday
as Carl Perkins
Ridge Canipe
as Young J.R.
Lucas Till
as Young Jack Cash
Carly Nahon
as Young Reba Cash
McGhee Monteith
as Reba Cash
Wyatt Entrein
as Tommy Cash (5)
Wyatt Entrekin
as Tommy Cash at 5
Kerris Dorsey
as Kathy Cash
Victoria Hester
as Carlene Carter
Deborah Rawlings
as Diner Waitress
Davielle Boyce
as Maid at Door
Al Gardner
as Texarkana Stage Mana...
Glenn Alan Gardner
as Texarkana Stage Mana...
Danny Vinson
as Texarkana MC
Dave McPhail
as Armory MC
Bob King
as Armory Stage Manager
Natalie Canerday
as Lady in the Aisle
Rhoda Griffis
as Five and Dime Manage...
Jeff Bailey
as El Paso Taxi Driver
Ross Harkins
as Record Executive
J.D. Evermore
as F.B.I. Man
Helen Ingebritsen
as Bank Teller
J.W. Williams
as Pill Man
Shane Bowen
as Jr's Agent
Tim Ware
as A & R Man No. 1
Dolan Wilson
as A & R Man No. 2
J. Alan Scott
as Dyess Doctor
J. Allen Scott
as Dyess Doctor
Clare Johnson
as Lissome Girl
Glenda Pannell
as Neighbor Woman
Tracee Miller
as Birdie Perkins
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Critic Reviews for Walk the Line

All Critics (221) | Top Critics (49)

I advise you catch up with Walk the Line, if only for Ms. Witherspoon's transcendent joyousness as a still-growing legend within a legend.

Full Review… | January 5, 2006
New York Observer
Top Critic

It's a tidy Hollywood arc imposed on a messy real life, but it gets the job done.

Full Review… | November 19, 2013
Film Comment Magazine

the acting compensates for the weaknesses in the script

Full Review… | July 2, 2013
Old School Reviews

What made this film work, and what ultimately won it most of its acclaim, were the performances of the actors.

Full Review… | July 31, 2012
7M Pictures

Reverently reductive

Full Review… | September 1, 2009

A fun, well acted, and well directed piece of filmmaking...

Full Review… | April 29, 2009
Cinema Crazed

Audience Reviews for Walk the Line


Assuming the movie is an accurate portrayal of Johnny Cash, it is worth watching just to learn move about the music legend. The only problem is that Joaquin Phoenix can't really sing, but then neither could Mr. Cash.

Red Lats

Super Reviewer

Better than most biopics and superbly acted by the leads.

Graham Jones
Graham Jones

Super Reviewer


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! She completely deserved her Oscar.

Jameson Worley

Super Reviewer

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