Walk the Line

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Walk the Line

By | December 2005
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Walk the Line
Release Date: 11/18/05
Running Length: 134 mins
Rating: PG-13 (Profanity, drugs)

Cast: Joaquin Phoenix, Reese Witherspoon, Ginnifer Goodwin, Robert Patrick, Dallas Roberts, Dan John Miller, Larry Bagby, Shelby Lynne Director: James Mangold
Producers: James Keach, Cathy Konrad
Screenplay: Gill Dennis & James Mangold
Cinematography: Phedon Papamichael
Music: Johnny Cash, T Bone Burnett
Studio: 20th Century Fox

Theatre: Empire Theatres
Date: 12/12/05
Time: 7:15 P.M.

"Walk the Line" is a biographical film about the life and times of country's bad boy, Johnny Cash. The movie starts out midway through Cash's career at the legendary ‘Folsom Prison Concert' of 1968. Before you see Cash perform at the prison you are whisked back to his childhood. It tells the story of his early days on his father's farm, and his days in the Air Force positioned over in Germany. When Cash returns from Germany his music career begins to take off. His band, Johnny Cash and the Tennessee Two, get an audition with the notorious Sam Phillips, founder of Sun Records (the label that founded Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Roy Orbison, and Carl Perkins…Just to name a few). Cash is immediately signed, cuts a record, and heads out on his first musical tour, which happens to be of historical proportions. The tour includes all the boys founded by Sun records that I mentioned above, and also June Carter, Cash's impending love interest. His music elevates him to stardom he could have never dreamed of, but drug and alcohol abuse threaten to drag him right back down. They also get in the way of a possible romance with June, the love of his life, even after Vivian Cash leaves him. The film continues Cash's story into the late 1960s, and rejoins with the opening scene in Folsom Prison for an emotional ending.

The Director James Mangold does an excellent job depicting the early years of Johnny Cash. The style of the movie is based mostly on Cash's own book "Cash: The...