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 … 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


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as June Carter

as Vivian Cash

as Sam Phillips

as Luther Perkins

as Marshall Grant

as Marshall Grant

as Carrie Cash

as Elvis Presley

as Rosanne Cash

as Jerry Lee Lewis

as Waylon Jennings

as Ezra Carter

as Ezra Carter

as Maybelle Carter

as W.S. "Fluke" Holland

as Roy Orbison

as Carl Perkins

as Young J.R.

as Young Jack Cash

as Young Reba Cash

as Reba Cash

as Tommy Cash (5)

as Tommy Cash at 5

as Kathy Cash

as Carlene Carter

as Diner Waitress

as Maid at Door

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as Texarkana MC

as Armory MC

as Armory Stage Manager

as Lady in the Aisle

as Five and Dime Manage...

as El Paso Taxi Driver

as Record Executive

as F.B.I. Man

as Bank Teller

as Pill Man

as Jr's Agent

as A & R Man No. 1

as A & R Man No. 2

as Dyess Doctor

as Dyess Doctor

as Lissome Girl

as Neighbor Woman

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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