Walk the Line

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"Love is a burning thing."
  • PG-13
  • 2005
  • 2 hr 15 min
  • 7.8  (264,330)
  • 72

Walk the Line is a biographical drama film that was released in 2005. It was directed by James Mangold and starred Joaquin Phoenix, Reese Witherspoon, and Ginnifer Goodwin. The film is based on the life of legendary country singer Johnny Cash and explores his early life, rise to fame, and turbulent personal relationships. The movie opens with a young Johnny Cash working on his family's farm in rural Arkansas. It is clear from the beginning that Cash's childhood was marked by poverty and hardship. His older brother died in a tragic accident when he was young, and Cash carries the guilt of feeling responsible for his brother's death.

As he grows older, Cash becomes increasingly interested in music. He enlists in the air force and is stationed in Germany, where he starts to perform with a group of fellow soldiers. When he returns to the United States, he starts playing music in local bars and honky-tonks. It is during this time that he meets his future wife, Vivian Liberto (Ginnifer Goodwin). Despite some initial hesitation, Vivian is won over by Cash's charm and the two begin dating.

Cash's big break comes when he is signed by Sun Records in Memphis. He starts recording hits and touring with other musicians, including Elvis Presley and Jerry Lee Lewis. However, as his fame grows, so do his personal struggles. Cash's drug addiction and infidelity cause strain in his marriage with Vivian, and he feels guilty for being away from his young daughters for long periods of time.

During this time, Cash meets another musician on tour, June Carter (Reese Witherspoon). Despite an initial rocky start, the two become close and it becomes clear that there is a spark between them. However, the timing is never right and their relationship remains platonic for years.

As Cash's personal life becomes more complicated, he turns to writing music as a way to cope with his struggles. Some of his most famous songs, including "I Walk the Line" and "Folsom Prison Blues," are written during this turbulent time. Eventually, Cash hits rock bottom and decides to get his life back on track. He divorces Vivian, gets clean, and finally admits his feelings to June. The two eventually marry and remain together for the rest of their lives.

Overall, Walk the Line is a powerful and moving film that tells the story of one of America's most iconic musicians. Joaquin Phoenix's performance as Johnny Cash is breathtaking, and Reese Witherspoon is equally impressive as June Carter. The film does an excellent job of capturing the struggle and complexity of Cash's life, and it is worth watching for anyone interested in his music or the history of country music more generally.

Walk the Line is a 2005 drama with a runtime of 2 hours and 15 minutes. It has received mostly positive reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 7.8 and a MetaScore of 72.

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    7.8  (264,330)
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