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)"
I recently purchased Walk The Line from a charity shop for just 99p. I love Johnny Cash and his music, so was interested to watch this film about the legendary Country singer.
Director: James Mangold
Producers: James Keach, Cathy Conrad
Running time: 2 hrs 16 mis
Genre: Music, Drama, BiographyMain Cast
Joaquin Phoenix - Johnny Cash
Reese Witherspoon - June Carter
Robert Patrick - Ray Cash
Ginnifer Goodwin - Vivian Cash
Dallas Roberts - Sam Phillips
Lucas Till - Jack Cash
Shelby Cash - Carrie Cash
The film begins with the young Johnny Cash in Folsum Prison singing to the inmates. We then go back to his childhood where Johnny lives with his brother, Jack, and parents Carrie and Jack. They live on a cotton farm in Arkansas. We see how Jack dies after an accident with a saw. This must of had a profound affect on Johnny. When he joins the Air Force, he is sent to Germany. This is where he buys his first guitar and starts writing music. On his return to the States, he marries Vivien and they move to Memphis. They settle down and have a family. To earn money, he takes a job as a door-to-door sales man. But on one day when he walks past a recording studio this gives him the incentive to start a man up and make music. Sam Phillips runs Sun Records. He is initially reluctant to sign them up as he doesn't think Gospel music. But, when they sing "Folsum Prison Blues" they eventually get a contract. From this point, the rest is history, as they say.The film covers Johnny's early life and how his music career started. But not only that, it also covers his personal life and the problems he had with his wife, Vivien, and his parents. June Carter, played by Reece Witherspoon, plays a big part in his life. I didn't personally know that they used to sing together. But with the failure of his marriage to Vivien, we see how Johnny and June grow closer. But with his struggle with drugs, June is confused and is struggling with her relationship with him.
I knew that Johnny Cash had problems with drink and drugs, but I didn't know the extent of these problems until I watched the film. I also didn't realise that he had lost a brother when he was young or the problems he had with his Father. I found his mother was, however, always very protective of him though. I thought the acting throughout was very well done. To be honest, I don't know a lot about the actor who played Johnny Cash, Joaquin Phoenix. But I feel he took of Johnny really well. I like the connection him and Reece Witherspoon had onset. I felt sorry for Johnny in parts, especially with his Father treating him the way he did. But I think this film showed him in a really good light. He was an exceptionally good singer and had a worldwide following. He still does. The film taught me a lot about the man on a personal level. Not only as a family man but as a performer too. If you're a fan of Johnny Cash, then I would recommend this film.
- Audio Commentary
- 10 deleted scenes
- Theatrical trailer
Price and Availability
The DVD is available to buy on Amazon. At the time of writing this review you can buy it from £3.83 for a new copy, that's the Amazon price. It is also priced at 24p new from sellers, or from just 1p used. You can rent it from Amazon Video for £3.49 or buy if for £5.99.
Product Information : Walk The Line (DVD)
Manufacturer's product descriptionPrimarily 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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