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"Sheriff Tawes walks the line between duty and desire, between law and violence, between honor and shame"

I Walk the Line is a doomed romance drama that was written by Alvin Sargent, based upon a novel by Madison Jones. Directed by John Frankenheimer, the film was produced by Harold D. Cohen and Edward Lewis. The movie features Gregory Peck and Tuesday Weld in the title roles. Set in the back woods of Tennessee, married Sheriff Tawes (played by Gregory Peck) becomes corrupted upon falling for a seductive teenager whose father is a local moonshine man.

The middle-aged sheriff of Sutton follows a pickup truck on one of the back roads. A boy named Buddy McCain (played by Freddie McCloud) is behind the wheel and he escapes, fleeing across the fields. When the sheriff catches up to him, his older sister Alma stays in the truck, taking the rap for him. Sheriff Tawes lets them off with warnings never to be caught driving again without a license.

Alma later comes into town to seduce the sheriff. It is easy for her to accomplish this since he is in a passionless marriage with wife Ellen (played by Estelle Parsons). He is a brooding and disenchanted man who is unsatisfied with the boring life on the ranch with a disinterested wife. He also feels trapped by the young child he has and the elderly father in law (played by J.C. Evans) who lives with them.

The sheriff offers Alma's father (played by Ralph Meeker) to have protection while running the still with eldest son Clay (played by Jeff Dalton).

However, things begin to change as Federal agent Bascomb (played by Lonny Chapman) comes riding into town. He aims to end the moonshining. When a Deputy (played by Charles Durning) becomes aware of the affair, he becomes jealous and wants Alma for himself. The deputy also happens to discover the still and is murdered by Alma's father. Ultimately, the Sheriff's life comes crashing down and he is unable to correct it.

PG
| 1970 | 1 hr 35 min | 6.7/10
Cast
Gregory Peck, Tuesday Weld, Estelle Parsons, Ralph Meeker
Studio
Columbia Pictures
Director
John Frankenheimer
Language
English
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