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Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story (2007)

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Comedy, Drama, Music |

Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story is a American comedy film directed by Jake Kasdan, and written by Kasdan and co-producer Judd Apatow. It stars John C. Reilly, Jenna Fischer, Tim Meadows and Kristen Wiig. A parody of the biopic genre, Walk Hard is the story of a fictional early rock and roll star played by Reilly.

Walk Hard heavily references the film Walk the Line (2005) about singer Johnny Cash and the Dewey Cox persona is mostly based on Cash. But the character also includes elements of the lives and careers of other notable musicians including Roy Orbison, Glen Campbell, Bob Dylan, Ray Charles, Jerry Lee Lewis, Donovan, John Lennon, James Brown, Jim Morrison, Conway Twitty, Neil Diamond, Hank Williams, and Brian Wilson. The film portrays fictional versions of artists Buddy Holly, The Big Bopper, Elvis Presley, and the Beatles; also, some artists play themselves, including Eddie Vedder and Ghostface Killah. In addition, the film parodies or pays tribute to the musical styles of Bob Dylan, David Bowie, Billy Joel, Van Dyke Parks with Brian Wilson, and seventies punk rock.

In Springberry, Alabama, 1946, young Dewey Cox accidentally cuts his brother Nate in half with a machete. The trauma causes Dewey to lose his sense of smell. Dewey meets a blues guitarist, who discovers Dewey is a natural musician.

In 1953, Dewey performs at a school talent show and drives the crowd wild with his song “Take My Hand,” and his father kicks him out of the house, calling it the Devil’s music. A 14-year-old Dewey leaves Springberry with his 12-year-old girlfriend Edith; they soon marry and have a baby. Working at an all-African American nightclub, Dewey replaces singer Bobby Shad onstage and impresses Hasidic Jewish record executive L’Chaim. While recording a rockabilly rendition of “That’s Amore,” Dewey is berated by an executive.

Director: Jake Kasdan

Writers: Judd Apatow, Jake Kasdan

Stars: John C. Reilly, Jenna Fischer, David Krumholtz, Kristen Wiig, Tim Meadows, Jack White, Skyler Gisondo

Cast:

Nat FaxonAwards Show Stage Manager
John C. ReillyDewey Cox
Tim MeadowsSam
Conner RayburnDewey Age 8
Chip HormessNate
Raymond J. BarryPa Cox
Terrence BeasorCountry Doctor
Margo MartindaleMa Cox
Honeyboy EdwardsOld Bluesman (as David Honeyboy Edwards)
Gerry BlackHarmonica Player
Aron JohnsonTeenage Band
Jack Donovan SapersteinTeenage Band (as Jack Saperstein)
Taylor HubertTeenage Band (as Taylor Jamison Hubert)
Christopher HurtTeenage Band
Matt PriceMC (Teacher)
John MaynardMan at Talent Show
E.J. CallahanSecond Man at Talent Show
Rance HowardPreacher
Kristen WiigEdith
Craig RobinsonBobby Shad
Paul BatesNightclub Manager
Patrick FaucetteBad Men Bass Player
Harold RamisL’Chaim
Phil RosenthalMazeltov
Martin StarrSchmendrick
Oscar DillonAudience Guy at Nightclub
Chris ParnellTheo
Matt BesserDave
Jack McBrayerDJ
Molly C. QuinnTeen with Pinups (as Molly Quinn)
John EnnisThe Big Bopper
Frankie MunizBuddy Holly
Ed HelmsStage Manager
Jack WhiteElvis Presley
Angela LittleBeth Anne (as Angela Little Mackenzie)
Odette AnnableReefer Girl (as Odette Yustman)
Tyler NilsonBert
Jenna FischerDarlene Madison
Deanna BrooksHotel Groupie with Dewey
Ian RobertsDrug Dealer
Steve BannosPrison Guard
Willow GeerRehab Nurse
David DotyRehab Doctor
Jack KehlerPress Conference Reporter
Gerry BednobThe Maharishi
David KrumholtzSchwartzberg
Tim BagleyEngineer
Jane LynchGail the Television Reporter
Skyler GisondoDewdrop
Kshitij PendurkarDewey Rahim
Simon HelbergDreidel L’Chaim
Jacques SladeLil’ Nutzzak
Danica RozelleMusic Video Girl
Lurie PostonCox Kid
Maggie MannionCox Kid
Jackson BrowneJackson Browne
Jewel KilcherJewel Kilcher (as Jewel)
Lyle LovettLyle Lovett
Stacey ScowleyPierced Eyebrow Girl
Ajla HodzicPierced Lip Girl
Ghostface KillahGhostface Killah
Otis WilliamsThe Temptations
Ron TysonThe Temptations
Terry WeeksThe Temptations
Joe HerndonThe Temptations
Bruce WilliamsonThe Temptations
Eddie VedderEddie Vedder
AJ AbayaDewey’s Grandson (uncredited)
Don AbernathyPygmy Bushman / Man in 50’s Club (uncredited)
Patrick J. AdamsThe Kid (uncredited)
Robert AmjarvTheremin Player (uncredited)
Marie AntoinetteRed Carpet Guest (uncredited)
George AntonHotel Groupie (uncredited)
Michael William ArnoldDewey’s Kid 1970 (uncredited)
Isabella AstorDewey’s Daughter (uncredited)
Christopher AusburnGrandson (uncredited)
Laila AyadBackstage Elvis Groupie (uncredited)
Caleb BabcockDewey’s Son (uncredited)
Katrina BakerDewey Fan (uncredited)
Sydney Hope BannerDaughter (uncredited)
Jay BirdCaveman (uncredited)
Rian BishopConcert Patron (uncredited)
Jack BlackPaul McCartney (uncredited)
Clement BlakeEdith’s Father (uncredited)
Chris BlountDewey Cox’s Son – Playing Ball (uncredited)
Ian BodellSon (uncredited)
David BurrusKid #1 (uncredited)
D.T. CarneyConcert Patron (uncredited)
Michael ChanslorRecording session pianist (uncredited)
Paula ChristensenBackstage Elvis Groupie (uncredited)
James CollinsMan in Dream (uncredited)
John D. CrawfordOfficer Clark (uncredited)
Madison CruzHotel Groupie (uncredited)
Jen CurciSara Parker (uncredited)
Vincent CusimanoFrowning Hippie (uncredited)
Rose DavidsonDewey Cox Fan (uncredited)
Marty DewDancer (uncredited)
Aubrey Dickinson1950’s Girl (uncredited)
Sally Digirolamo1950s Girl (uncredited)
Johnny DroccoDude Seated in Stands (uncredited)

Sources: imdb & wikipedia

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