Johnny Cash was one of the iconic nation music artists in historical past, however a lot of his life was nonetheless shrouded from public view till the discharge of the Oscar-winning biopic Stroll the Line. Launched on Nov. 18, 2005, the movie starred Joaquin Pheonix as Money and Reese Witherspoon as June Carter Money, and it dropped at the display a remarkably vivid re-telling of Money’s formative years, his struggles with fame and medicines, and the way he ultimately turned his life round.
Screenwriters Gill Dennis and James Mangold co-wrote the script for Stroll the Line, drawing from two totally different Money autobiographies: 1975’s Man in Black: His Personal Story in His Personal Phrases and 1997’s Money: The Autobiography. They optioned each of these books, however their script additionally extra totally explores a few of the darker features of Money’s formative years and the way that influenced him later, together with the childhood demise of his brother, Jack, and his subsequent bitter estrangement from his father, Ray.
The film focuses on the love affair between Money and his second spouse, June Carter Money, which started on tour whereas he was nonetheless married to his first spouse, Vivian Liberto. The scenes between Phoenix and Witherspoon as Johnny and June are undoubtedly the spotlight of the movie, with him bringing an endearing vulnerability to the indomitable “Man in Black,” whereas she imbues the character of June with a tougher edge than Carter Money’s easy homespun persona hinted at.
They sizzled on stage, too, in live performance sequences that re-created a few of the highlights of Money’s musical life, together with his iconic efficiency at Folsom Jail and the evening when he famously proposed to her live on stage. Each actors did their very own singing within the movie, coming remarkably near recreating the singing voices of Money and Carter.
Mangold directed the movie with a funds of $28 million, and it was an unlimited field workplace hit straight out of the gate, raking in $22.3 million in its opening weekend and occurring to gross $186.4 million, making it the highest-grossing music biopic of all time at the moment.
Stroll the Line was a important hit, too, incomes usually constructive and generally glowing evaluations. Phoenix received the Golden Globe Award for Finest Actor – Movement Image Musical or Comedy, and he additionally earned a nomination for Finest Actor on the Academy Awards. Witherspoon received Finest Actress within the Academy Awards for her portrayal of June Carter Money, and Stroll the Line was additionally nominated within the classes of Finest Costume Design, Finest Movie Modifying, and Finest Sound Mixing.