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James Mangold's Walk the Line tells the life story of country music legend Johnny Cash (Joaquin Phoenix), focusing primarily on the long courtship he had with June Carter (Reese Witherspoon). The film is structured as an extended flashback opening with Cash readying to take the stage at his historic Folsom Prison Concert. The film touches on his childhood, relating a horrific early incident from his life and establishing the troubled relationship he would have with his father (Robert Patrick). Cash joins the military and leaves home. During his time in the armed services he begins writing songs and romances a hometown girl (Ginnifer Goodwin). After the end of his duty he settles down and attempts to begin a music career, but his wife has trouble adjusting to his dreams. Cash auditions for Sam Phillips (Dallas Roberts), signs to Sun Records, and soon finds himself on tour with a roster of young soon-to-be legends that includes Elvis Presley (Tyler Hilton) and Jerry Lee Lewis (Waylon Malloy Payne). On this tour he meets June Carter, the daughter of the famous Carter family, and they take a liking to each other, although she refuses any serious advances from him. Cash gains world-wide fame thanks in part to the inspiration he gets from June, but eventually his marriage crumbles and he develops a serious drug addiction. The film is based on Cash's autobiographies. Phoenix and Witherspoon performed all of their own singing in the movie, just as Sissy Spacek and Beverly D'Angelo did in Beverly D'Angelo a quarter-century before. ~ Perry Seibert, Rovi

  • Release date:November 18, 2005

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Michael McCusker Best Editing 2005 Nominee
American Cinema Editors Guild Michael McCusker Best Edited Feature - Comedy or Musical 2005 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Arianne Phillips Best Costume Design 2005 Nominee
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Peter Kurland Best Sound 2005 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Peter Kurland Best Sound Mixing 2005 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Joaquin Phoenix Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy 2005 Winner
Screen Actors Guild Joaquin Phoenix Best Actor 2005 Nominee
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Joaquin Phoenix Best Actor 2005 Nominee
Online Film Critics Association Joaquin Phoenix Best Actor 2005 Nominee
Broadcast Film Critics Association Joaquin Phoenix Best Actor 2005 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Joaquin Phoenix Best Actor 2005 Nominee
Chicago Film Critics Association Joaquin Phoenix Best Actor 2005 Nominee
Screen Actors Guild Reese Witherspoon Best Actress 2005 Winner
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Reese Witherspoon Best Actress 2005 Winner
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Reese Witherspoon Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy 2005 Winner
Las Vegas Film Critics Association Reese Witherspoon Best Actress 2005 Winner
Online Film Critics Association Reese Witherspoon Best Actress 2005 Winner
Broadcast Film Critics Association Reese Witherspoon Best Actress 2005 Winner
Boston Society of Film Critics Reese Witherspoon Best Actress 2005 Winner
National Society of Film Critics Reese Witherspoon Best Actress 2005 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Reese Witherspoon Best Actress 2005 Winner
New York Film Critics Circle Reese Witherspoon Best Actress 2005 Winner
San Francisco Film Critics Circle Reese Witherspoon Best Actress 2005 Winner
Kansas City Film Critics Association Reese Witherspoon Best Actress 2005 Nominee
Chicago Film Critics Association Reese Witherspoon Best Actress 2005 Nominee
Producers Guild of America James Keach Producer of the Year 2005 Nominee
Art Directors Guild David J. Bomba Best Art Direction in a Contemporary Film 2005 Nominee
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Paul Massey Best Sound 2005 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Paul Massey Best Sound Mixing 2005 Nominee
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Doug Hemphill Best Sound 2005 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Doug Hemphill Best Sound Mixing 2005 Nominee
British Academy of Film and Television Arts T-Bone Burnett Best Film Music 2005 Nominee
Producers Guild of America Cathy Konrad Producer of the Year 2005 Nominee
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Donald Sylvester Best Sound 2005 Winner

Cast

Joaquin Phoenix
as Johnny Cash
Reese Witherspoon
as June Carter
Ginnifer Goodwin
as Vivian Cash
Robert Patrick
as Ray Cash
Dallas Roberts
as Sam Phillips
Larry Bagby III
as Marshall Grant
Shelby Lynne
as Carrie Cash
Tyler Hilton
as Elvis Presley
Waylon Payne
as Jerry Lee Lewis
Shooter Jennings
as Waylon Jennings
James Keach
as Warden
Davielle Boyce
as Maid at Door
Jeff Bailey
as El Paso Taxi Driver
Amy Kudela
as Wanda
Carter Thrower
as Sheriff
Ross Harkins
as Record Executive
Tim Ware
as A&R Man #1
Jean-Paul McNeely
as Musician
Brian Deas
as NCO
Kerris Dorsey
as Kathy Cash
Sandra Ellis Lafferty
as Maybelle Carter
Natalie Canerday
as Lady in the Aisle
Dolan Wilson
as A&R Man #2
J.W. Williams
as Pill Man
Shane Bowen
as Jr's Agent
Rhoda Griffis
as Five and Dime Manager
Lucas Till
as Young Jack Cash
Tracee Miller
as Birdie Perkins
Michael Ingersoll
as Donzil
Ridge Canipe
as Young J.R.
Hailey Anne Nelson
as Roseanne Cash
James DeForest Parker
as Inmate
Helen Ingebritsen
as Bank Teller
Danny Beene
as Ezra Carter
Danny Vinson
as Texarkana MC
Johnny Holiday
as Carl Perkins
Deborah Rawlings
as Diner Waitress
Carly Nahon
as Young Reba Cash
J.D. Evermore
as F.B.I. Man
Glenda Pannell
as Neighbor Woman
Dave McPhail
as Armory MC
Victoria Hester
as Carlene Carter
J. Alan Scott
as Dyess Doctor
Clay Steakley
as W.S. "Fluke" Holland

Crew

James Mangold
Director
James Keach
Producer
Cathy Konrad
Producer
Johnny Cash
Book Author
James Mangold
Screenwriter
Gill Dennis
Screenwriter
Phedon Papamichael
Cinematographer
T-Bone Burnett
Composer (Music Score)
Michael McCusker
Editor
David J. Bomba
Production Designer
John R. Jensen
Art Director
Rob Simons
Art Director
Lou Robin
Associate Producer
John Carter Cash
Executive Producer
Alan C. Blomquist
Executive Producer
J. Edward Fitzgerald
Set Designer
Danny O'Grady
Set Designer
Dave Weathers
Set Designer
Lewis Allen Byassee
Set Designer
Rhonda Keaton
Costume Designer
L. Kellile Hicks
Costume Designer
Carla Curry
Set Decorator
Lorraine Crossman
Costume Designer
Arianne Phillips
Costume Designer
David Fernandez
Costume Designer
Ted Caplan
Sound/Sound Designer
Daniel Schroer
Camera Operator
David Luckenbach
Camera Operator
Brian Avery
Stunts
Heidi Pascoe
Stunts
Jack Lofton
Stunts
Katie Lofton
Stunts
Lisa Beach
Casting
Paul Massey
Sound Mixer
Doug Hemphill
Sound Mixer
Sarah Katzman
Casting
Caitlin McKenna
ADR Voice Casting
Michelle Vittone-McNeil
Key Make-up
Bill Maxwell
Musical Performer
Mildred Iatrou Morgan
Dialogue Editor
Kathleen Rosen
Buyer
Marc Reeves
Properties Maker
Annette Toarmina
Set Medic/First Aid
Kris Peck
Properties Master
Greg Zimmerman
ADR Recordist
Bill Frisell
Musical Performer
Ron Bolanowski
Special Effects Supervisor
Aaron Downing
Post Production Supervisor
Adruitha Lee
Hair Styles
Donald Sylvester
Supervising Sound Editor
Robin Citrin
Location Manager
Dennis Crouch
Musical Performer
Gloria Belz
Makeup
Dawn Blacksten
Assistant Location Manager
Mark Ragland
Assistant Location Manager
Adam Karasick
Personal Assistant
Greg Leisz
Musical Performer
Jacky Christian
Craft Service/Catering
Natalie Mathes
Post Production Accountant
Josh Malloy
Electrician
David Sanfield
Craft Service/Catering
Robert Stromberg
Visual Effects Supervisor
Peter Kurland
Production Sound Mixer
T-Bone Burnett
Musical Performer
T-Bone Burnett
Executive Music Producer
Parry Creedon
Personal Assistant
Tangi Crawford
Key Costumer
Rob Chidester
Grip
Scott Sapire
Personal Assistant
Jane Galli
Department Head Makeup
Jim Keltner
Musical Performer
Debra Pearl
Personal Assistant
Peter Sattler
Graphic Design
Reva Granthom
Craft Service/Catering
Frank Piercy
Lead Scenic Artist
Stuart Duncan
Musical Performer
Dawn Fintor
Foley Artist
Darryl Wilson
Dolly Grip
Stephen Berchelmann
Painter
Gary Burritt
Negative Cutter
Curtis E. Akin
Leadman
Steve Moffitt
Transportation Captain
Gina Fortunato
Production Supervisor
Kit Alderson
Musical Performer
Daniel McFadden
Second Assistant Camera
Larry Misselhorn
Greensman
Julia Frey
Visual Effects Producer
Deborah Dismukes
Personal Assistant
Peter Case
Musical Performer
Charla Bowersox
Casting Assistant
Marc Ribot
Musical Performer
Tony Gilkyson
Musical Performer
Terry Delsing
Music Editor
David Lucarelli
ADR Recordist
Alan C. Blomquist
Unit Production Manager
Brandon Boyle
Assistant Properties
John Lybrand
Transportation Captain
Armando Compean
Musical Performer
Kon Iliov
Construction Foreman
Robert Duke
Electrician
Suzanne Tenner
Still Photographer
Keith Wall
Set Dresser
Keefus Ciancia
Musical Performer
John Coven
Storyboard Artist
Sara Cueva
First Assistant Editor
Randy Uhlig
Properties Maker
Jamie Hartford
Musical Performer
Stephen P. Dunn
Assistant Director
Samuel Fleming
Set Production Assistant
Casey Driessen
Musical Performer
Warren Hendriks
Assistant Sound Editor
John Rabasca
Set Dresser
Lori McCoy-Bell
Key Hairstylist
Larry Bagby III
Musical Performer
Gabriella Villarreal
Buyer
Lisa Vijitchanton
Assistant Production Coordinator
Rick Avery
Stunts Coordinator
David Betancourt
Foley Mixer
Lloyd Green
Musical Performer
Alicia Stevenson
Foley Artist
Anne Morgan
Hair Styles
Brad Wilder
Makeup
Mark Zimbicki
Boom Operator
Roberta Talanca
Second Assistant Accountant
Barry Bales
Musical Performer
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