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He picked cotton, sold door-to-door, and served in the Air Force. He was a voice of rebellion that changed the face of rock and roll. An outlaw before today's rebels were born, and an icon they would never forget. He did all this before turning 30. And his name was Johnny Cash. As his music changed the world, Cash's own world was rocked by the woman who became the love of his life: June Carter.
Drama Musical - This is a biography of country music legend Johnny Cash and his
eventual wife June Carter, but one doesn't need to be a fan of either
to enjoy this drama. The story, romance, and performances hold broad
appeal, and those not familiar with the music may become new fans.
The above rating is an average of the critic reviews below.
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Berardinelli, Internet CriticFull Review Good During the course of the picture, someone describes Johnny's voice as being "steady like a train, sharp like a razor." That sounds to me like a fitting description of Walk the Line, as well.
Roger EbertFull Review Very Good Johnny Cash sang like he meant business...When he sang something, it stayed sung. James Mangold's "Walk the Line," with its dead-on performances by Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon, helps you understand that quality.
USA TodayFull Review Very Good A Johnny Cash biopic equally packed with music and frustrated love, Walk the Line goes from compelling to enthralling.
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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
Based on a theater exit polling of 145 moviegoers: GREAT OPINIONS! With nearly three-quarters of the opinions being "Fantastic" or "Excellent," with no real low opinions it's clear that "Walk the Line" is a movie with wide appeal and a real crowd pleaser. DON'T MISS "WALK THE LINE."
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.