My Father and the Man in Black (2013)



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Before there was Johnny and June, there was Johnny and Saul. Secretly recorded audio diaries and telephone calls with Johnny Cash from the 1960s and 1970s reveal a brand new side of the legendary singer. An intense personal adventure that just happens to feature one of 20th-century music's greatest icons, MY FATHER AND THE MAN IN BLACK tells the inside story of 'bad boy' Johnny Cash and his talented but troubled manager, Saul Holiff, whose unexplained suicide leaves a son searching for his father in the shadow of a legend. (c) New Chapter
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Gary Holiff
as Saul Holiff at 50
David Disher
as Johnny Cash at 30
Joshua Robinson
as Saul Holiff at 40
Dan Champagne
as Johnny Cash at 40
Norman Singer
as Saul Holiff at 75
Elli Hollands
as June Carter Cash
Alino Giraldi
as Saul Holiff at 20
Robert Skanes
as Marshall Grant
Trevor Juras
as Luther Perkins
Brent Crawford
as WS 'Fluke' Holland
Llyane Stanfield
as Mother Maybelle
David James
as Voice of Johnny Cash
Nick Smyth
as Carl Perkins
Steve Megill
as Tex Ritter
Jonathan Holiff
as Self/Narrator
Adam Nicholson
as Johnny Western
Adam Weir
as Shel Silverstein
Jennifer Phillips
as Voice of June Carter Cash
Paul Ackerley
as Voice of Saul Holiff
Barbara Holiff
as Herself
Myra Richman
as Herself
Harvey Glatt
as Himself
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You get a strong whiff of what it must have been like to be Johnny Cash, or his exasperated manager, from this film. It would make a good companion piece to "Walk the Line.

Full Review… | September 13, 2013
Christian Science Monitor
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It's good that Holiff wants to unlock this puzzle, but Cash is so compelling a figure that he is ultimately the only character we truly care about.

Full Review… | September 12, 2013
Arizona Republic
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This has the potential to be dreadfully maudlin stuff, but the film is too damn interesting to be maudlin.

Full Review… | September 9, 2013
Top Critic

Here these men are but ciphers; we want understanding, but we get only suggestion.

Full Review… | September 5, 2013
New York Times
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Despite the clunky mix of narrative formats, "My Father and the Man in Black" makes for an illuminating alternate history of sorts to the Hollywoodized version of Cash's ascendancy in "Walk the Line."

Full Review… | September 5, 2013
Los Angeles Times
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Partly transcends its inherent self-indulgence.

Full Review… | September 2, 2013
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