In 1955, a tough, skinny guitar-slinger who called himself J.R. Cash walked into the soon-to-be-famous Sun Studios in Memphis. It was a moment that would have an indelible effect on American culture. With his driving freight-train chords, steel-eyed intensity and a voice as deep and black as night, Cash sang blistering songs of heartache and survival that were gutsy, full of real life and unlike anything heard before.

(2005) OVERVIEW
—1. Overview (multimedia)
—2. Overview Basic (dial up speed)
—3. Reviews and Blogs
—4. Cast and Crew
—5. Photo Pages
—6. Trailers, Clips, DVDs, Books, Soundtrack
—7. Posters (Joaquin Phoenix)
—8. Production Notes (pdf)
—9. Spiritual Connections
—10. Presentation Downloads

FEATURE ARTICLES
There's just something
about Johnny Cash.

-by Melinda Ledman

The Gospel, Country Music, and Johnny Cash
-by Mike Furches

Reviews:
David Bruce
Ed Travis
Jacob Sahms
Melinda Ledman
Kathy Bledsoe
Matthew Hill

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BASIC CREDITS

Release Date: November 18, 2005enlarge
Studio: 20th Century Fox
Director: James Mangold
Screenwriter:
James Mangold, Gill Dennis
Starring: Joaquin Phoenix, Reese Witherspoon, Robert Patrick, Ginnifer Goodwin, Shelby Lynne, Hailey Anne Nelson
Genre: Drama
MPAA Rating: PG-13 (for some language, thematic material and depiction of drug dependency)
Official Website: WalktheLinethemovie.com

MPAA: Rated PG-13 for some language, thematic material and depiction of drug dependency.Runtime: 136 minFor rating reasons, go to FILMRATINGS.COM, and MPAA.ORG. Parents, please refer to PARENTALGUIDE.ORG

Few people have had the impact on contemporary society as has Johnny Cash.

Review by Mike Furches

The Gospel, Country Music, and Johnny Cash
The Gospel, Country Music, and Johnny Cash

Feature by Mike Furches

WALK THE LINEThe message of Jesus

Johnny Cash lived out the gospel in a unique way. He, like all of us, fell short of the glory of God often in his life. And yet in his recovery from drug addiction, and in his desire to serve those prisoners, he lived out the message of Christ.

Review by ED TRAVIS

HUMAN FALL AND REDEMPTION
But the beauty of the movie (call me crazy) is that there is a story of human fall and redemption involved that rises above one individual’s story, beyond the movie’s focus on Johnny Cash, rockstar. This movie works because it strives to define the roots of human failure, even as it highlights the very definition of salvation and redemption.

Review by JACOB SAHMS

IF I believed in reincarnation, Walk the Line would be a great movie to prove that theory. Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon (playing Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash) give tour de force performances as they recreate this pair of country western greats.

Review by KATHY BLEDSOE

WALK THE LINEPerhaps better than any other icon, Johnny Cash most closely carried the message of Christ to the world during his lifetime.
—Review by Melinda Ledman

There's just something about Johnny Cash.
—Feature Article by Melinda Ledman

ABOUT HIS FAITH

Though hinted at in the movie, the fact is that his faith is what Cash claimed saved him and his life from addiction and suicide. Was June involved? Sure, but God was far more involved than the one abbreviated shot of a church in this film would lead you to believe.

Review by Matthew Hill

Perhaps better than any other icon, Johnny Cash most closely carried the message of Christ to the world d

Review by MELINDA LEDMAN

SYNOPSIS
enlarge“Locusts and honey ... not since John The Baptist has there been a voice like that crying in the wilderness. ... “
- U2’s Bono in the liner notes for The Essential Johnny Cash

In 1955, a tough, skinny guitar-slinger who called himself J.R. Cash walked into the soon-to-be-famous Sun Studios in Memphis. It was a moment that would have an indelible effect on American culture. With his driving freight-train chords, steel-eyed intensity and a voice as deep and black as night, Cash sang blistering songs of heartache and survival that were gutsy, full of real life and unlike anything heard before.

That day kicked off the electrifying early career of Johnny Cash. As he pioneered a fiercely original sound that blazed a trail for rock, country, punk, folk and rap stars to come, Cash began a rough-and-tumble journey of personal transformation. In the most volatile period of his life, he evolved from a self-destructive pop star into the iconic “Man in Black” -- facing down his demons, fighting for the love that would raise him up, and learning how to walk the razor-thin line between destruction and redemption. enlarge

The story of the young Johnny Cash and his incendiary love affair with June Carter Cash, comes to life in WALK THE LINE, directed by James Mangold (Heavy, Cop Land, Girl Interrupted, Identity) from a script by Mangold and Gill Dennis (Riders of the Purple Sage), based on Cash’s books Man in Black and Cash The Autobiography. The film is produced by Cathy Konrad (Citizen Ruth, Beautiful Girls, Scream, Cop Land, Girl Interrupted, Identity) and James Keach (The Stars Fell on Henrietta),and was developed for seven years with the close cooperation of Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash before their deaths in 2003.

WALK THE LINE stars Academy Award and Golden Globe nominee Joaquin Phoenix as Johnny Cash and Golden Globe nominee Reese Witherspoon as June Carter. Phoenix and Witherspoon sing every note of their roles themselves in live performances that capture the spirit of the music that drove Johnny and June’s relationship.

enlargeThe story begins in Depression-era Arkansas, as the film traces the origins of Cash’s sound back to his beginnings as a sharecropper’s son; moves through his wild tours with rock and roll pioneers Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Roy Orbison, Jerry Lee Lewis and Waylon Jennings; and culminates in his unforgettable 1968 concert in Folsom Prison. He became the hottest artist of the day, outselling even the Beatles. WALK THE LINE chronicles the birth of a new kind of American artist who had to move past raw anger, the ravages of addiction, and the temptations of stardom to discover the voice that would make him a hero to generations. Those early years encompass the themes that ran through Cash’s music and minimalist style: death, love, treachery, sin, hope and faith.




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—1. Overview (multimedia)
—2. Overview Basic (dial up speed)
—3. Reviews and Blogs
—4. Cast and Crew
—5. Photo Pages
—6. Trailers, Clips, DVDs, Books, Soundtrack
—7. Posters (Joaquin Phoenix)
—8. Production Notes (pdf)
—9. Spiritual Connections
—10. Presentation Downloads
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