A married backwoods Tennessee sheriff falls in love with a teenager whose father is a moonshiner. The sheriff becomes involved in the illicit operations, making sure his men and federal agents stay clear of the stills. Whe... more »n a deputy stumbles upon the still and is killed, this makes the sheriff an accomplice to the crime.« less
Arthur Martin | Toledo, OH United States | 02/05/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I remember seeing I WALK THE LINE a year or two ago in a John Frankenheimer retrospective at New York's Film Forum. I saw it frankly because the movie seemed like the runt of the litter -- underappreciated, only screening for one day -- and because I needed an excuse to listen to a bunch of Johnny Cash songs I already knew too well.
Well, my hunch was right. This movie is a quiet pleasure, full of illicit love, melodrama, and great music. Apart from a patch near the end that looks so bizarre compared to the rest of the flick that it had to have been reshot later in a studio, the natural photography is great and sets a lyrical mood.
One can see why this movie has been neglected, because it's simple and not showy, but it's a well-told tale, and hopefully DVD will bring it to a new audience."
I walk the line with grorory peck .An excellent drama,not to
stewart L | flushing ,ny | 03/08/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is an excellent drama and love story.I have been waiting for this release on dvd for a long time.As it has been stated by my fellow reviewers,You could end up getting the wrong version of i walk the line.I just had to reorder the other walk the line.I ordered both titles,but i got two of the johnny cash's i walk the line.i should be getting the correct version soon.Well i give both movies 5 stars and i highly recommend this movie with gregory peck!!!!! I thank you Stewart L."
Great movie! Unusual, character-driven narrative. Brillian
a reader | 02/13/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I don't know what Amazon has against this film. This was another spur of the moment buy, and again I wasn't disappointed. The acting is excellent--everyone is terrific in their role, especially Weld and Peck, who each play off the other's hidden agenda quite well. They're both manipulative and decitful, but she's the more "honest" in only trying to help her family. On the other hand, Peck's character is just downright creepy, with some deep-seated control freak issues that just compresses him more and more. You can see him treat her as a person less as the movie progresses, and by the end, you're hoping she gets away with her family. A well-constructed psychological drama, with great buildup of tension as the noose seems to close in on all sides. Don't really know what all the talk was for on that 'bedroom scene'. It was really quite chaste by today's standards."
F. J. Harvey | Birmingham England | 10/18/2007
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Not to be confused with the much lauded-and righly so-Johnny Cash biopic "Walk the Line" this is a gritty slice of downbeat country noir that has much going for it but ultimately becomes a rather gruelling exercise for audiences
Gregory Peck stars as dour but honest Tennessee backwoods sheriff Henry Tawes ,stuck in a routine marriage and feeling his life slipping by .He falls head over heels in love with nubile teenager Alma McCain (Tuesday Weld)a decision that proves to have disastrous consequences .Her father -played by Ralph Meeker is the local moonshine baron ,and he ruthlessly exploits Taws obsession with his daughter to compel him to turn a blind eye to his moonshine operation ,and to make sure the Federal agents do the same thing .Things escalate when McCain senior murders Peck's deputy (Charles Durning)and forces Peck to help cover up the crime .From there things move to an ending marked by the type of inevitability associated with Greek tragedy The movie is superbly well acted and all the principals acquit themselves splendidly .I must single out Tuesday Weld for special mention however .In my opinion no actress ever has suggested amorality and sensuality so well in US cinema and it is a pity she never really brought this unique gift to more mainstream roles .She nails the accent to perfection as she does the dumb innocence and the sensuous somewhat amoral creature lurking beneath this veneer .Special mention also to Estelle Prsons as Tawes' pathetic and clinging wife and strong cameos from Durning and Bellamy add weight to proceedings ,backing up Peck' sterling work in the lead role Johnny Cash contibutes 5 songs to the soundtrack and they help establish the bleak ,haunting mood of the piece and form an emotional commentary to events on screen .The whole movie feels and looks authentic in its sobriety and grittiness ,and yet herein lies my chief caveat .It is just too downbeat to be actually entertaining and even the bleakest peice needs some lightening of the mood which we sismply do not get here ,It is as if the makers of the movie have ignored the need of spectators to be entertained and for this reason I mark it down slightly.It is still a powerful and emotional piece of work -country noir as bleak as the best country songs are and conveying a similar emotional kick
Great Background Music
H. Doyle | 01/19/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"The movie, I Walk the Line, was not well known for many years. I tried for 25 years to obtain a tape of this movie, but it was not available. Finally, a few years ago, it became available on DVD. Fine acting by all the characters. You get a sense quite early that the ending will not be a happy one. This is a "must-see" film for any fan of Johnny Cash. His background singing is excellent, and each song reflects the mood of the scene."