Walk The Line

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20th Century Fox Released 2005

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Director:
James Mangold
Released:
2005
Rating:
PG-13

Walk the Line is a 2005 biographical drama of the life of famous country singer Johnny Cash (Joaquin Phoenix). The film mostly follows Cash's younger life and his splashing influence on the country scene and his flaring and abusive love relationship with fellow singer and songwriter June Carter (Reese Witherspoon). The film not only shows the success of an American country legend, but delves into the darker and more realistic life of the drug addicted and alcoholic lifestyle of the man behind the music. Through a stunning portrayal of a music icon we get a glimpse at the struggles associated with the benefits of success. Above anything else, the film is about the relationship between June and Cash and it's quick deterioration when Cash can't seem to get a handle on his life. The film was made for a startlingly low $28 million and is filled with one of the better soundtracks of any music based film. Both actors sang their own vocals for the roles. The film was nominated for numerous awards including five Academy Awards, one of which Reese won for best actress.

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Metacritic Score

  • 70

    Los Angeles Times Carina Chocano

    The movie is less an uncharted journey than a 2 p.m. bus tour of a music industry legend. But like an expert guide, Mangold shepherds the story with enough grace, energy and skill ...

  • 70

    Variety Todd McCarthy

    Walk the Line is a strongly acted, musically vibrant, conventionally satisfying biopic of country/rock/blues legend Johnny Cash and his second wife, June Carter.

  • 50

    The New York Times Dana Stevens

    There is no way a feature-length movie could do justice to such bounty, and Walk the Line settles for the minimum.

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    Arts, Drama, Music

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    Love & Romance, Biography, Musicals