Walk the Line (2005, USA) C-136m. SCOPE *** D: James Mangold. Starring Joaquin Phoenix, Reese Witherspoon, Ginnifer Goodwin ,Robert Patrick, Dallas Roberts, Dan John Miller, Lary Bagby, James Keach. Sincere bio-pic of the life of music legend Johnny Cash (played with conviction by Phoenix). Cash's difficult childhood, his coming-of-age, his stardom and his alcohol and pill-addiction are elaborated. Film is well-acted (Witherspoon won an Oscar as June Carter) and provides an engrossing two hours plus. Incredibly, the stars did their own singing.

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