Walk the Line

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

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The rise of country music legend Johnny Cash (Joaquin Phoenix) begins with his days as a boy growing up on the family farm, where he struggles under the scorn of his father (Robert Patrick). As the years pass, Cash ends up in Memphis, Tenn., with his wife, Vivian (Ginnifer Goodwin), and breaks into the music scene after finding his trademark sound. While on tour, Cash meets the love of his life, singer June Carter (Reese Witherspoon), but Cash's volatile lifestyle threatens to keep them apart.

Cast & Crew

Dallas Roberts
Sam Phillips
Dan John Miller
Luther Perkins
Larry Bagby
Marshall Grant
Shelby Lynne
Carrie Cash
Tyler Hilton
Elvis Presley
Waylon Payne
Jerry Lee Lewis
Alan C. Blomquist
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Phedon Papamichael
Cinematographer
Michael McCusker
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Shirley Fulton Crumley
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Critic Reviews for Walk the Line

All Critics (210) | Top Critics (43) | Fresh (173) | Rotten (37)

  • Walk the Line -- although conspicuously well acted -- is really no different from previous efforts, and that's a good thing. It shares the charm of the (musical biopic) genre.

    January 16, 2018 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    January 5, 2006 | Full Review…

    Andrew Sarris

    Observer
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  • Mangold was wisely generous with the amount of musical performance he included in the film, and the later scenes -- showing Cash and Carter as partners -- are so well shot and edited, they defy you to sit still.

    December 6, 2005 | Rating: 3/4
  • If Walk the Line isn't the full story of Johnny Cash, it's at least a crucial corner of it, a way of coaxing a legend down to a human scale, without shrinking that legend away to nothingness.

    November 18, 2005
  • Phoenix is terrific in Walk the Line - - the actor's taciturn, brooding persona dovetails beautifully with the role - - but it's his scenes opposite Witherspoon that give the movie its real spark.

    November 18, 2005 | Rating: 3/4
  • A Johnny Cash biopic equally packed with music and frustrated love, Walk the Line goes from compelling to enthralling.

    November 18, 2005 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

    Mike Clark

    USA Today
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Audience Reviews for Walk the Line

  • Jul 31, 2016
    Bolstered by strong work from Joaquin Phoenix, Reese Witherspoon and Ginnifer Goodwin (in a performance destined to be underrated even if it's not), Walk the Line is a sturdy bio-pic that probes the behavior and distinct singing of Johnny Cash and his topsy-turvy relationship with June Carter. Phoenix and Witherspoon are so great together, they bolster the film's occasional lapses into repetition. While Witherspoon most definitely deserved her Oscar for Best Actress in a vivid and charming performance as Carter (despite her lead role almost being pushed more towards supporting), Joaquin Phoenix also deserved his nomination and if Philip Seymour Hoffman hadn't have been so darn good in "Capote", this would be his award. The music and the performances, mixed in with some intense flares of drama turn this bio-pic into a memorable one. Rating: 81
    Bradley J Super Reviewer
  • May 01, 2016
    'Walk The Line' is a fantastic movie! Joaquin Phoenix really nails Johnny Cash, and Reese Witherspoon is impressive as June. Their passion, his turmoil, and his understanding of the downtrodden all came through. His father humiliating him despite his achievements was memorable. Seeing or hearing about that one always makes me want to listen to his music.
    Antonius B Super Reviewer
  • May 23, 2014
    Joaquin Phoenix does an excellent job in channeling the whole bunch of hurt that was Johnny Cash. Reese Witherspoon also magically becomes June Carter and the chemistry is fantastic. The man in black would approve.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • Oct 18, 2012
    One of the best biopics!! The life of the legend is retold in the film, I cried a few times cuz it's very well acted, the costumes and the music were superb. The production of the film is also very interesting. An unmissable musical drama.
    Sylvester K Super Reviewer

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