Singer. Rebel. Outlaw. Hero. With his driving freight-train chords, steel-eyed intensity and a voice as dark as the night, the legendary "Man in Black" revolutionized music - and forged his legacy as a genuine American icon. Golden Globe winners Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon star (and sing) as Johnny Cash and June Carter in this inspiring true story of one man's unwavering devotion to his sound, his message and the greatest love of his life.
*Joaquin Phoenix: Actor, The Master, 2012; Actor, Walk the Line, 2005; Supporting Actor, Gladiator, 2000. Reese Witherspoon: Actress, Walk the Line, 2005.
**Audio Commentary by Co-Writer and Director James Mangold
**10 Deleted Scenes with Optional Commentary by James Mangold
Cast & Crew
I advise you catch up with Walk the Line, if only for Ms. Witherspoon's transcendent joyousness as a still-growing legend within a legend.
Mangold was wisely generous with the amount of musical performance he included in the film, and the later scenes -- showing Cash and Carter as partners -- are so well shot and edited, they defy you to sit still.
If Walk the Line isn't the full story of Johnny Cash, it's at least a crucial corner of it, a way of coaxing a legend down to a human scale, without shrinking that legend away to nothingness.
Phoenix is terrific in Walk the Line - - the actor's taciturn, brooding persona dovetails beautifully with the role - - but it's his scenes opposite Witherspoon that give the movie its real spark.
A Johnny Cash biopic equally packed with music and frustrated love, Walk the Line goes from compelling to enthralling.
[Director] James Mangold's mostly excellent Walk the Line is designed as a Christian epic.
Joaquin Phoenix isn't Johnny Cash. But with the clip-clop of rhythms behind him, aiming his guitar like a gun, he puts on one sensational show.