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Walk the Line (2005)

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Coming Out at 18 November 2005 in theaters

Biography, Drama, Music

Walk the Line is biographical musical romantic drama film directed by James Mangold. The screenplay, written by Mangold and Gill Dennis, is based on two autobiographies authored by singer-songwriter Johnny Cash, 1975’s Man in Black: His Own Story in His Own Words and 1997’s Cash: The Autobiography. The film follows Cash’s early life, his romance with June Carter, and his ascent in the country music scene. It stars Joaquin Phoenix as Cash, Reese Witherspoon as Carter, Ginnifer Goodwin as Cash’s first wife Vivian Liberto, and Robert Patrick as Cash’s father.

Walk the Line previewed at the Telluride Film Festival on September 4, 2005, and went into wide release on November 18. The film was nominated for five Oscars at the 78th Academy Awards, including Best Actor (Phoenix), Best Actress (Witherspoon, which she won), and Best Costume Design (Arianne Phillips). The film received positive reviews and grossed $187 million worldwide.

In 1968, as an audience of inmates at Folsom State Prison cheer for Johnny Cash, he waits backstage near a table saw, reminding him of his early life.

The film flashes back to 1944. Then-12-year-old JR (his name at birth was initials only) grows up on a cotton farm in Dyess, Arkansas with his brother Jack, father Ray, and mother Carrie. Ray is stern and strict with his sons but takes pride in Jack, who wants to be a preacher when he grows up.

Jack is killed in a sawmill accident while JR is out fishing. An embittered Ray blames JR for Jack’s death, saying that the Devil “took the wrong son.”

Director: James Mangold

Writers: Johnny Cash (book), Gill Dennis, James Mangold, Patrick Carr (book)

Stars: Joaquin Phoenix, Reese Witherspoon, Ginnifer Goodwin, Robert Patrick, Dallas Roberts, Dan John Miller, Larry Bagby

Cast:

Joaquin PhoenixJohn R. Cash
Reese WitherspoonJune Carter
Ginnifer GoodwinVivian Cash
Robert PatrickRay Cash
Dallas RobertsSam Phillips
Dan John MillerLuther Perkins
Larry BagbyMarshall Grant
Shelby LynneCarrie Cash
Tyler HiltonElvis Presley
Waylon PayneJerry Lee Lewis
Shooter JenningsWaylon Jennings
Sandra Ellis LaffertyMaybelle Carter
Dan BeeneEzra Carter
Clay SteakleyW.S. ‘Fluke’ Holland
Johnny HolidayCarl Perkins
Johnathan RiceRoy Orbison
Ridge CanipeYoung J.R.
Lucas TillYoung Jack Cash
Carly NahonYoung Reba Cash
McGhee MonteithReba Cash
Wyatt EntrekinTommy Cash at 5
Hailey Anne NelsonRosanne Cash
Kerris DorseyKathy Cash
Delaney KeefeCindy Cash
Victoria HesterCarlene Carter
Deborah RawlingsDiner Waitress
James DeForest ParkerInmate
James KeachWarden
Davielle BoyceMaid at Door
Glenn Alan GardnerTexarkana Stage Manager
Danny VinsonTexarkana MC
Dave McPhailArmory MC
Bob KingArmory Stage Manager
Natalie CanerdayLady in the Aisle
Rhoda GriffisFive and Dime Manager
Jeff BaileyEl Paso Taxi Driver
Ross HarkinsRecord Executive
J.D. EvermoreF.B.I. Man
Helen IngebritsenBank Teller
J.W. WilliamsPill Man
Shane BowenJR’s Agent
Tim WareA & R Man #1
Dolan WilsonA & R Man #2
J. Allen ScottDyess Doctor
Clare GrantLissome Girl
Michael IngersollDonzil
Carter ThrowerSheriff
J.P. McNeelyMusician
Brian DeasNCO
Glenda PannellNeighbor Woman
Amy LavereWanda
Tracee Mae MillerBirdie Perkins
Ben TaylorJack the Drunk
Ken Axmaker Jr.Record Company Executive / Reporter
Bryce BlackmanPrisoner
Brent BondsSheriff
Garnet BrooksPrisnor
David CaffeyRecord Company Executive
John Carter CashBob Neal
David CombsChurch Greeter
Mark Alan ComptonExtra
Aaron CovingtonBass player in Lewis’s band
Brian CriderPrisoner
Richard CroweService Station Guy
Gordon DexheimerFolsom Prison Guard
Josh DriverCash’s Stagehand
Jeff DrokePrisoner
Jeff EvansFolsom Prison Assistant Warden
Geoff FalkFolsom Prison Assistant Warden
Jan FalkLady at the Five & Dime
Marc FarleyFerlin
Evelyn Diana Frogge-ChabotAudience member / Fan
Gavin Lindsay GoodePrison Guard Sniper
Cody HanfordTommy Cash Age 9
Sharon HartChurch / concert attendent
Selene C. HawksGirl at Bus
L. Michele HesterColumbia Records Secretary
Kimberly HillConcert Goer
Ian S. HunterFeatured Extra
Nichole JacksonReporter
Laurie JohnsonChurch Lady
Jason LewinBand member
Katie LindseyRosey Nix
Mathew LuschekBusinessman #2 in Bathroom
Peter McDermottExtra
Donald MeyersRecord Company Executive
Michael MontgomeryMan in Aisle
Vince PalazolaPrisoner
Rich ParhamSalesman / Prisoner
Chris PlumleeStage Hand
Kevin ScroggsPress Photographer
Laura Lynn SeguinScreaming Fan
Brit ShawEtta Grant
Melissa Goodwin ShepherdFlight Attendant
Frank Hoyt TaylorPassionate Preacher
Matt TaylorPrisoner
Danny ThomasPrison Guard
Sheila ThomasGirl in Crowd
Jim WrightMilitary Supervisor
R. Elkins WrightJohn’s Friend Randy

Sources: imdb & wikipedia

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