Walk The Line (DVD)

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Walk The Line (DVD)

Primarily the story of the love that grew between country stars Johnny Cash and June Carter during the early years of Cash's career, WALK THE LINE is ...

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Review of "Walk The Line (DVD)"

published 02/11/2010 | Jamesgod
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Pro Great acting, Great story, Great singing, all in all amazing film
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"Walk The Line is simply brilliant"

Story -

This is a film about Johnny Cash in his early life and career and meeting June Carter to proposing to her on stage.

Early Johnny -
It shows Johnny (Or J.R as he was called at this stage in his life, he was called this as his parents could not decide on his name, they could only decide on initials, he became John R Cash when he joined the USAAF as they would not accept just initials, and then became Johnny Cash when his music career started) with his family on the cotton farm as a child, it shows his close relationship with his brother Jack, who later dies in hospital after an accident with a saw trying to make money, and his relationship with his father which isn't so good.

USAAF -
You see Johnny saying his goodbyes to his family to go to Germany with the USAAF, you later see him watching a film about prison and then writing Folsom prison blues. You also see Johnny getting in contact with his future first wife Vivian promising her to love her forever and they'll live together.

Music career starting -
Johnny is selling products door to door and it's not going to well, where he see's a recording studio. You see Johnny singing with his friends, then Vivian tells him they have an eviction notice, Johnny then goes to the recording studio and asks the owner if he can trial out to join the record company. This doesn't go too well at the start as they cover a popular gospel song, but then Johnny and his friends play Folsom Prison Blues and get a deal.

Johnny gets some gigs with June Carter, Jerry Lee and Elvis, you can tell from the movie Johnny took an instant shine to June as they get tangled up back stage. The film shows how Johnny and June get closer, then Johnny asks her to sing with him, he wants to sing June's song time's a waistin, June isn't too happy about it but sings anyway, untill he kisses her on the cheek and she storms off.

You see alot of Johnny and June's relationship, which is really exciting, you also see a bit of Johnny and vivian splitting up.

It also shows Johnny becoming addicted to prescription pills, and arrested for hiding some in his guitar.

Johnny is soon going off the rails, and June and her mum and dad move into his new house to help him get off his addiction.

The End shows Johnny playing a live album in prison, and later proposing to June on stage at a gig, June eventually says yes.


Cast -

Joaquin Phoenix as Johnny Cash
Reese Witherspoon as June Carter
Ginnifer Goodwin as Vivian
Robert Patrick as Ray Cash

and many more ! all played their roles absolutely fantastically.

Personal Views -

I personally thought the film was brilliant, showing the obvious attraction between June and Johnny from the start and his relationship with his family. You also get an insight into his struggle with addiction, before he became famous and the cast were absolutely brilliant, the singing was great and they should be proud.

I'd recommend this film to everyone, absolute must see!


Favourite Quotes -
Johnny Cash to June: Tell me you don't love me.
June Carter to Johnny: I don't love you.
Johnny Cash grins then to June: You're a liar.
June Carter to Johnny: I guess you ain't go no problems then.

Vivian Cash to Johnny: Your mama was here. Your daddy too.
Johnny Cash to Vivian: Oh yeah. And what'd he say?
Vivian Cash to Johnny: He said now you won't have to work so hard to make people think you've been in jail.

^ about Johnny being caught with the prescription drugs in his guitar


June Carter to Johnny: You wear black 'cause you can't find anything else to wear? You found your sound 'cause you can't play no better? You just tried to kiss me because "it just happened?" You should try take credit for something every once in a while, John.

^ after he tries to kiss her early on

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  • shoppingpenguin published 03/11/2010
    Personally think it needs a bit more opinion, commenting on acting skills, cinematography, how story tied together etc.. I do agree it's a must see though :)
  • matthewdoyle published 03/11/2010
    great review another film to watch
  • thegoodstuff published 02/11/2010
    Hey man, enjoyed this review. Nice one.
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Primarily the story of the love that grew between country stars Johnny Cash and June Carter during the early years of Cash's career, WALK THE LINE is the result of intense collaboration between director James Mangold, co-writer Gill Dennis, Johnny Cash, and June Carter Cash. Though both Cashes died in 2003, they oversaw the script's development for seven years. Mangold and Cash's insistence that the film's stars would actually sing paid off. Witherspoon's singing (as June) is lovely, and Phoenix's contains the raw energy and soul that defined Cash's sound. Even as a child on a cotton farm in Depression-era Arkansas, Cash shows a strong interest in music, escaping from his no-frills life and strict father (Robert Patrick) through hymns and listening to the radio. When his brother dies in a freak accident, young Johnny feels responsible, and worries that he will never live up to his brother's goodness. The film follows Cash through his first marriage with Vivian Cash (Ginnifer Goodwin) and into the early stages of his touring career alongside such musicians as Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, Roy Orbison, Elvis Presley, and most importantly, June Carter. As Cash's success grows, so does his relationship with drugs, alcohol, and Carter, putting a strain upon his family life. From his initial audition with Sam Phillips of Sun Records on through his legendary 1968 concert at Folsom Prison, Cash is transformed from a hesitant singer riddled with demons to a man whose uniquely bold style would make music history. WALK THE LINE never attempts to paint a full picture of Cash's prolific career, but instead focuses on the passions that drove his music and on the woman who gave him strength. With magical performances by Witherspoon and Phoenix, a haunting and inspiring American romance is brought beautifully to life.

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