Sunday, September 06, 2020

Walk The Line

Sunday night, Sharon and I watched Walk The Line as a rental on the AppleTV. We have been talking about this movie ever since we saw the Joker and Joaquin Phoenix won an Oscar earlier this year.

Released in November of 2005, the movie is based on two autobiographies authored by singer-songwriter Johnny Cash, 1975's Man in Black: His Own Story in His Own Words and 1997's Cash: The Autobiography. It stars Joaquin Phoenix as Cash, Reese Witherspoon as Carter, Ginnifer Goodwin as Cash's first wife Vivian Liberto, and Robert Patrick as Cash's father.

The film follows Cash's early life, his romance with June Carter, and his ascent in the country music scene. I didn't know much about Cash's personal life; I didn't realize that he was addicted to amphetamines and barbiturates in the 60's.

The film was nominated for five Oscars at the 78th Academy Awards, including Best Actor (Phoenix), Best Actress (Witherspoon), and Best Costume Design (Arianne Phillips). Witherspoon won Best Actress.

I liked the film more than Sharon did. She thought it was slow in spots. I recommend it.

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