My Father and the Man in Black: Growing Up With Johnny CashClosed Captioning
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Following his father's suicide, Jonathan Holiff discovers hundreds of letters and audio diaries, including secretly recorded phone calls with Johnny Cash during his crazed pill-fueled 1960s, triumphs at Folsom and San Quentin, marriage to June Carter, and his conversion in the early 1970s to born-again Christian. These artifacts tell the story about how Holiff Sr. and Cash collaborated to create a superstar, while each struggled with personal demons. A fascinating behind-the-scenes view of the complex relationship between the notorious singer and his long-suffering manager--it is also a catharsis for its maker and engrossing journalism to boot.
Movie Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
- Reviews Counted: 18
- Fresh: 11
- Rotten: 7
- Average Rating: 5.8/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Rotten: Here these men are but ciphers; we want understanding, but we get only suggestion.
Fresh: Partly transcends its inherent self-indulgence.
Fresh: Despite the clunky mix of narrative formats, "My Father and the Man in Black" makes for an illuminating alternate history of sorts to the Hollywoodized version of Cash's ascendancy in "Walk the Line."
Fresh: As Cash might say, it has the heart, and it has the blood, and by the time childhood chatter is played back again, feeling is soaked through it like the sweat in Cash's guitar strap.
Amazing film - a new look at Johnny Cash!
Even if you aren't a Cash diehard fan, this film is remarkable; a beautifully shot look into the complicated relationship between Cash and his manager. It's a side of Cash that I'd never seen before - the REAL version of Walk the Line.