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Joaquin Phoenix, Reese Witherspoon, Ginnifer Goodwin, Robert Patrick, Ginnifer Goodwin
James Mangold
Alan C. Blomquist, James Keach, Cathy Konrad

Walk the Line

Thursday, January 1, 1970 • Hindi Comments

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.

The story of the young Johnny Cash and his incendiary love affair with June Carter Cash, comes to life in WALK THE LINE, directed by James Mangold (Heavy, Cop Land, Girl Interrupted, Identity) from a script by Mangold and Gill Dennis (Riders of the Purple Sage), based on Cash's books Man in Black and Cash The Autobiography.

The film is produced by Cathy Konrad (Citizen Ruth, Beautiful Girls, Scream, Cop Land, Girl Interrupted, Identity) and James Keach (The Stars Fell on Henrietta), and was developed for seven years with the close cooperation of Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash before their deaths in 2003.

WALK THE LINE stars Academy Awardr and Golden Glober nominee Joaquin Phoenix as Johnny Cash and Golden Glober nominee Reese Witherspoon as June Carter. Phoenix and Witherspoon sing every note of their roles themselves in live performances that capture the spirit of the music that drove Johnny and June's relationship.

The story begins in Depression-era Arkansas, as the film traces the origins of Cash's sound back to his beginnings as a sharecropper's son; moves through his wild tours with rock and roll pioneers Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Roy Orbison, Jerry Lee Lewis and Waylon Jennings; and culminates in his unforgettable 1968 concert in Folsom Prison. He became the hottest artist of the day, outselling even the Beatles.

WALK THE LINE chronicles the birth of a new kind of American artist who had to move past raw anger, the ravages of addiction, and the temptations of stardom to discover the voice that would make him a hero to generations. Those early years encompass the themes that ran through Cash's music and minimalist style: death, love, treachery, sin, hope and faith.

Says Writer-Director James Mangold of Cash: "The more I learned from John about the early years in his life and career, the more I saw an opportunity to make a movie about a time when making music was about making music, and not about money or videos. John's story isn't the tale of some prodigy or raw ambition; he started late, taught himself to play guitar, and got little encouragement.

Nobody was beating a path to his door when he moved to Memphis. But John was smart enough to plant himself at Sun (Records), ground zero of a musical revolution. Surrounded by outrageous talent, John grew into something none of the others there would ever be - a timeless storyteller and a searing voice of the shadows. His songs were so unique, so personal, and so raw."

Adds Mangold: "Of course, the other opportunity was to make a movie about one of the great love stories. There was something magical about the idea that for a decade, the only place John and June were allowed to be alone together was onstage in front of 10,000 people."

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