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WALK THE LINE
USA & UK: Twentieth Century Fox
Cast: Joaquin Phoenix, Reese Witherspoon, Ginnifer Goodwin, Robert Patrick, Dallas Roberts, Dan John Miller, Larry Bagby, Shelby Lynne, Tyler Hilton, Waylon Malloy Payne, Shooter Jennings, Sandra Ellis Lafferty, Dan Beene, Clay Steakley, Johnathan Rice, Johnny Holiday, Ridge Canipe, Lucas Till, Carly Nahon, McGhee Monteith, Wyatt Entrekin, Hailey Anne Nelson, Kerris Dorsey, Delaney Marie Keefe, Victoria Hester, Deborah Rawlings, James Deforest Parker, James Keach, Davielle Boyce, Alan Gardner, Danny Vinson, Dave Mcphail, Bob King, Natalie Canerday, Rhoda Griffis, Jeff Bailey, Ross Harkins, J D Evermore, Helen Ingebritsen, J W Williams, Shane Bowen, Tim Ware, Dolan Wilson, J Allen Scott, Clare Johnson, Michael Ingersoll, Carter Thrower, Jean-Paul McNeely, Brian Deas, Glenda Pannell, Amy Kudela, Tracee Miller
Director: James Mangold
USA & UK: 137 mins
USA Rated: PG-13 for some language, thematic material and depiction of drug dependency
UK Certificate: 12A contains one use of strong language and drugs use
USA Release Date: 16 November 2005
UK Release Date: 3 February 2006
"Locusts and honey ... not since John The Baptist has there been a voice like that crying in the wilderness..." - U2's Bono in the liner notes for The Essential Johnny Cash
In 1955, a tough, skinny guitar-slinger who called himself J.R. Cash walked into the soon-to-be-famous Sun Studios in Memphis. It was a moment that would have an indelible effect on American culture. With his driving freight-train chords, steel-eyed intensity and a voice as deep and black as night, Cash sang blistering songs of heartache and survival that were gutsy, full of real life and unlike anything heard before.
That day kicked off the electrifying early career of Johnny Cash. As he pioneered a fiercely original sound that blazed a trail for rock, country, punk, folk and rap stars to come, Cash began a rough-and-tumble journey of personal transformation. In the most volatile period of his life, he evolved from a self-destructive pop star into the iconic "Man in Black" - facing down his demons, fighting for the love that would raise him up, and learning how to walk the razor-thin line between destruction and redemption.
The story of the young Johnny Cash and his incendiary love affair with June Carter Cash, comes to life in WALK THE LINE, directed by James Mangold (HEAVY, COP LAND, GIRL INTERRUPTED, IDENTITY) from a script by Mangold and Gill Dennis (RIDERS OF THE PURPLE SAGE), based on Cash's books Man in Black and Cash The Autobiography. The film is produced by Cathy Konrad (CITIZEN RUTH, BEAUTIFUL GIRLS, SCREAM, COP LAND, GIRL INTERRUPTED, IDENTITY) and James Keach (THE STARS FELL ON HENRIETTA) and was developed for seven years with the close cooperation of Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash before their deaths in 2003.
WALK THE LINE stars Academy AwardŽ and Golden GlobeŽ nominee Joaquin Phoenix as Johnny Cash and Golden Globe nominee Reese Witherspoon as June Carter. Phoenix and Witherspoon sing every note of their roles themselves in live performances that capture the spirit of the music that drove Johnny and June's relationship.
The story begins in Depression-era Arkansas, as the film traces the origins of Cash's sound back to his beginnings as a sharecropper's son; moves through his wild tours with rock and roll pioneers Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Roy Orbison, Jerry Lee Lewis and Waylon Jennings; and culminates in his unforgettable 1968 concert in Folsom Prison. He became the hottest artist of the day, outselling even the Beatles. WALK THE LINE chronicles the birth of a new kind of American artist who had to move past raw anger, the ravages of addiction, and the temptations of stardom to discover the voice that would make him a hero to generations. Those early years encompass the themes that ran through Cash's music and minimalist style: death, love, treachery, sin, hope and faith.