Remember When the Johnny Cash Biopic ‘Walk the Line’ Was Released?

Walk the Line
Reese Witherspoon and Joaquin Phoenix in 'Walk the Line'
Walk the Line

On this day in 2005, Walk the Line, starring Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon, was released to theaters everywhere.

The film was based on the life of country music legend Johnny Cash (Phoenix) and his wife, June Carter Cash (Witherspoon). The screenplay was written by James Mangold and Gill Dennis and was adapted from Cash’s two autobiographies, Man in Black: His Own Story in His Own Words (1975) and Cash: The Autobiography (1997).

Walk the Line was praised by critics and fans alike and raked in five Oscar nominations at the 78th Academy Awards.


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Witherspoon took to Instagram to mark the 15th anniversary of the film, sharing a throwback photo from the set.

“Playing the role of June Carter was one of the most rewarding experiences of my lifetime,” she wrote.

The award-winning actress went on to praise the costume designer, Arianne Phillips, and recalled recreating the classic country tunes with music producer T. Bone Burnett.

“I felt completely transformed into an authentic country artist,” she shared.

Walk the Line is currently streaming on Netflix.