12 certificateWalk the Line is a Film programme that first aired in 2005 and has been classified a 12 certificate.

Walk the Line is a 4 star programme

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Walk the Line (2005)

Directed by
James Mangold

James Mangold's quality biopic about the early life, initial success and the demons that haunted and drove country singer Johnny Cash is an essential must-see. Starring Joaquin Phoenix as Cash and Reese Witherspoon as his second wife June Carter, this remarkable film rightly gained a number of Oscar nominations, and Witherspoon deservedly won Best Oscar for her support role.

The death of his older brother left J R Cash with a lifelong sense of guilt. Bible-reading Jack was always the boy tipped as a star, not J R. Even their hard-mouthed father lamented the loss, saying cruelly that the Devil "took the wrong son". The result was a man who drifted through the airforce and failed in a succession of dreary jobs before he found his niche as country singer Johnny Cash. And his childhood gave him his stage persona, as the Man in Black. "You can't wear black," whined his first wife Vivian. "It looks like you're going to a funeral." "Maybe I am," growled Cash...

The country singer - who died before production began on the film - reportedly chose Phoenix to play himself after seeing his performances as Commodus in Gladiator. It was an inspired choice. And Witherspoon matches Phoenix all the way, showing spirit and grit as June Carter, the perky country star who recognises Cash's demons but can't resist him forever.

Highly recommended.

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Genre: Film

Running Time: 130 minutes (approx)

Production Year: 2005

4/5 Stars

Classification: 12 Certificate

Production Country: USA

Filmed in Colour


Image for Joaquin PhoenixJoaquin Phoenix...Johnny Cash
Image for Reese WitherspoonReese Witherspoon...June Carter
Image for Ginnifer GoodwinGinnifer Goodwin...Vivian Cash
Image for Robert PatrickRobert Patrick...Ray Cash
Dallas Roberts...Sam Phillips
Dan John Miller...Luther Perkins
Larry Bagby...Marshall Grant
Shelby Lynne...Carrie Cash
Tyler Hilton...Elvis Presley
Waylon Payne...Jerry Lee Lewis
Shooter Jennings...Waylon Jennings
Sandra Ellis Lafferty...Maybelle Carter
Dan Beene...Ezra Carter
Clay Steakley...W.S. 'Fluke' Holland
Johnathan Rice...Roy Orbison