Walk the Line (2005)

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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.

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"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.
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PG-13 (for some language, thematic material and depiction of drug dependency)
Genre:
Drama
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Cast

Joaquin Phoenix
as Johnny Cash
Reese Witherspoon
as June Carter
Ginnifer Goodwin
as Vivian Cash
Robert Patrick
as Ray 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
Dan Beene
as Ezra Carter
Danny Beene
as Ezra Carter
Sandra Ellis Lafferty
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
Wyatt Entrein
as Tommy Cash (5)
McGhee Monteith
as Reba Cash
Wyatt Entrekin
as Tommy Cash at 5
Kerris Dorsey
as Kathy Cash
Delaney Marie Keefe
as Cindy Cash
Victoria Hester
as Carlene Carter
Deborah Rawlings
as Diner Waitress
James Keach
as Warden
Davielle Boyce
as Maid at Door
Glenn Alan Gardner
as Texarkana Stage Manager
Al Gardner
as Texarkana Stage Manager
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 Manager
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
Carter Thrower
as Sheriff
Glenda Pannell
as Neighbor Woman
Amy Kudela
as Wanda
Tracee Miller
as Birdie Perkins
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Critic Reviews for Walk the Line

All Critics (204) | Top Critics (44)

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Full Review… | October 18, 2008
NPR.org
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Full Review… | February 26, 2007
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

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May 11, 2006
New York Magazine/Vulture
Top Critic

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Full Review… | February 8, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

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

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Full Review… | December 6, 2005
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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Audience Reviews for Walk the Line

½

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
Red Lats

Super Reviewer

Better than most biopics and superbly acted by the leads.

Graham Jones
Graham Jones

Super Reviewer

½

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
Jameson Worley

Super Reviewer

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