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Running Time:
2 hours, 16 minutes

Rating: PG-13 Parents Strongly Cautioned.

Rating Explanation:
for some language, thematic material and depiction of drug dependency.

Jimmy's Buzz Guide Review:
This definitive portrait of one of America's most influential musical legends is both a love story and a compelling biography with outstanding performances by Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon.

Additional Info:
DVD Features: 5 Collectible Postcards; Bonus Disc - over 50 minutes of extra materials; 3 Extended Music Videos; Folsom Cash & The Comeback Featurette; Ring of Fire: The Passion of Johnny & June Featurette; Making Of Walk The Line

Walk the Line
Giving some of the best performances of their careers, Joaquin Phoenix as Johnny Cash and Reese Witherspoon as June Carter Cash will undoubtably be nominated for Academy Awards for their roles in this funny, entertaining but needlessly lengthy biopic. Leaving home followed by a stint in the Air Force, Cash worked on his music, married Vivian (Ginnifer Goodwin), a girl he briefly dated before going off to the service, and auditioned in the recording studio of Sam Phillips (Dallas Roberts). Phillips had him switch from singing hymns to hard-nosed country music and sent him on tours with Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis and where he meets June Carter (Reese Witherspoon). There’s an instant kinship between the two, both on stage and off and they quickly become friends despite Johnny’s constant advances. The heart of the film based on Cash's two autobiographies, co-written and directed by James Mangold (Kate and Leopold) deals with the relationship between Cash and Carter and all the best and worst events of his complicated life follows. We watch as he struggles with pill-popping which becomes dangerous for all who know and love him. Cash’s biggest fans become the inmates of prisons all across America for the songs he had written about serving time; which initially wasn’t even based on truth. Joaquin Phoenix’s performance as Johnny Cash may not equal Jamie Foxx's as "Ray", but he's excellent despite the fact that he doesn't look that much like him. But his vocal work from his signature “Hello, I’m Johnny Cash” to the songs themselves is terrific. Even more impressive is Phoenix in the quiet moments of anger and reflection. His facedown with his father (Robert Patrick) is a remarkably terrifying and sad crossroads in his life. And Reese Witherspoon is nothing short of pure joy in a performance where she even does her own singing. She's a model of maturity in her confrontations with Cash and it could't be easy representing the sunny disposition her public had come to expect of her even in the midst of her worst moments with Cash. Although the film never really gives us a full understanding of what made the man tick, that doesn't take away from the joy of watching Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon singing together in this definitive portrait of the musical legend and the love of his life.

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