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Radio_Lady Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 10:08 PM
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We saw "Walk the Line" on HBO. Joaquin Phoenix was amazing!
Reese Witherspoon was excellent, too, but Phoenix really deserved an Oscar for his performance.

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BarenakedLady Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 10:09 PM
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1. Oh yes
Joaquin is an awesome actor and sexy too!
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Radio_Lady Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 10:18 PM
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3. The fact that both leads sang their own songs was truly remarkable!
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LostinVA Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-29-06 11:26 AM
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21. I read that several music execs said that Reese was good enough for a recording contract
Even if her name wasn't Reese Witherspoon.
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ScreamingMeemie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 10:10 PM
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2. It's one of the few movies I've actually gotten lost in.
MrG and I were both raised up on Cash and it was hard to remember it wasn't really him. Great movie.
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mtowngman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 10:22 PM
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4. Funny, everyone raved about Joaquin, and he was great
but to me, Reese stole the movie. I guess I was surprised that she could take on that role and pull it off so well.
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UTUSN Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 11:13 PM
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5. Agreed!!!1 I've been cheering Joaquin since Gladiator, and was not
aware of Reese until this movie, and still wish Joaquin the best, but she just SPARKLED in this movie. Perhaps the two were being so true to the characters, but was Johnny CASH ---THAT---much of a depressed zombie---totally WOODEN?
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mtowngman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 11:17 PM
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7. I vaguely remember Johnny Cash's tv show
when i was a little kid, loved the music, but as I remember he was pretty stiff.
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Hosnon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 11:20 PM
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9. I think so too. nt
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ronnykmarshall Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-29-06 11:10 AM
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20. Faggy?
How nice.
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Hosnon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 11:18 PM
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8. I loved Witherspoon's role. As a southern male, she nailed it when it comes
to what we (or I) like:

Her statement in the car (before the bomb in the tree) that she had to get away from "boys" was classic.

How she reacted to Cash, et al getting trashed when they had a show to do.

Somehow being the responsible one but still being so fragile...

Damn... :loveya:
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SeattleGirl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 11:35 PM
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10. Both Joaquin and Reese were fabulous in that movie!
I do think Joaquiin got gypped by not winning the Oscar. I swear, he was channeling Johnny Cash! Glad you saw the movie, RL!
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mtowngman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 11:49 PM
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11. had Joaquin won the oscar
I'd probably say that Philip Seymour Hoffman got gypped for not winning it for his role in "Capote" :shrug: They were both awesome :hi:
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SeattleGirl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 11:53 PM
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12. You have a point there.
Haven't there been tie votes in the Oscars before? That would have been cool! They both would have been rewarded for their excellent performances.
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mtowngman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 11:59 PM
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13. I don't know if there were ties before-but they did both deserve it. n/t
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Radio_Lady Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-29-06 01:12 AM
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14. I don't believe there has ever been a tie in which an Oscar was awarded
to two people in the same category.

But I could be wrong... if you know more, please advise.

I've loved Reese Witherspoon in everything she has done, even the pictures others didn't like very much.

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SeattleGirl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-29-06 01:13 AM
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15. I'd have to research it.
And I could be totally wrong. Maybe it was the Emmy's or something. Seems that there was a big awards show that had a tie in one of the categories at one time.
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cmkramer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-29-06 11:01 AM
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16. Twice, in fact
Wallace Beery and Fredrich March shared the Best Actor Oscar for 1931-1932. Wallace won for "The Champ" and Fredrich won for the title role in "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde".

Then in 1969 Katharine Hepburn and Barbra Streisand tied for Best Actress of 1968 for their roles in "The Lion In Winter" and "Funny Girl" respectively.

I don't know if there have been any ties in other categories. I know it hasn't happened in Best Picture or Best Director.

I have HBO On Demand and "Walk The Line" is one of the movies they have available to watch whenever you want, so I've seen it a couple of times. I agree, it's a great movie.
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Radio_Lady Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-29-06 03:13 PM
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25. Thanks for doing the research, CMKramer. I do appreciate knowing about
Edited on Sun Oct-29-06 03:13 PM by Radio_Lady
this. I should have remembered the 1969 Oscar tie, but as I recall, my ex-husband and I and our tiny daughter were moving from New York City to Miami, Florida. I was pretty busy and may have even missed that broadcast.

Appreciate your comments.

In peace,

Radio_Lady
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cmkramer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-29-06 05:29 PM
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32. You're welcome, Radiolady
I have a bunch of books on the Oscars, so I know quite a bit of trivia.

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SeattleGirl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 05:46 PM
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38. Thanks so much for checking that out, cmkramer
I did a little searching the other night, and couldn't find anything. I'm glad to know I wasn't imagining things.
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wildhorses Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-29-06 11:08 AM
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17. it was if i was a child again--watching june and johnny--
i cried the whole movie--saw it on the big screen first day out :thumbsup: :hi:
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Radio_Lady Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-29-06 03:15 PM
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26. Some of the dates and memories corresponded to my involvement
(read: obsession) with a married man while in my teens.

I love the music, too, and glad I finally did get to see this film.

In peace,

Radio_Lady
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ronnykmarshall Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-29-06 11:09 AM
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18. I love that film
There were both fantastic. I agree, Joaquin should have won the Oscar.
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Radio_Lady Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-29-06 03:17 PM
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27. As I recall, there were a couple of critics that agreed with you about
that award.

Thanks for your comments.
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alarimer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-29-06 11:09 AM
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19. It was a terrific movie
Only marred by the fact that the music is so loud that it pissed off my upstairs neighbors so much they called the cops on me! I wonder why some DVDs are like that? I literally could not find a happy medium. I turned it down but then couldn't hear the dialog.
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Radio_Lady Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-29-06 03:18 PM
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28. DVDs vary in both visual and audio quality. We've had that problem too.
Frequently we turn on the "closed captioning" when that occurs. It's quite helpful, but it does bother some people.

Thanks for posting, Alarimer...
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Reciprocity Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-29-06 11:40 AM
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22. Loved the movie but was a bit disappointed not to hear his best song ever.
Man In Black

Well, you wonder why I always dress in black,
Why you never see bright colors on my back,
And why does my appearance seem to have a somber tone.
Well, there's a reason for the things that I have on.

I wear the black for the poor and the beaten down,
Livin' in the hopeless, hungry side of town,
I wear it for the prisoner who has long paid for his crime,
But is there because he's a victim of the times.

I wear the black for those who never read,
Or listened to the words that Jesus said,
About the road to happiness through love and charity,
Why, you'd think He's talking straight to you and me.

Well, we're doin' mighty fine, I do suppose,
In our streak of lightnin' cars and fancy clothes,
But just so we're reminded of the ones who are held back,
Up front there ought 'a be a Man In Black.

I wear it for the sick and lonely old,
For the reckless ones whose bad trip left them cold,
I wear the black in mournin' for the lives that could have been,
Each week we lose a hundred fine young men.

And, I wear it for the thousands who have died,
Believen' that the Lord was on their side,
I wear it for another hundred thousand who have died,
Believen' that we all were on their side.

Well, there's things that never will be right I know,
And things need changin' everywhere you go,
But 'til we start to make a move to make a few things right,
You'll never see me wear a suit of white.

Ah, I'd love to wear a rainbow every day,
And tell the world that everything's OK,
But I'll try to carry off a little darkness on my back,
'Till things are brighter, I'm the Man In Black
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alarimer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-29-06 11:53 AM
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23. He may have recorded that after the time depicted in the film
I think the movie went to 68 or so.
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SeattleGirl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 05:47 PM
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39. Man in Black was written in 1971. I think the era covered in the
film was earlier than that, so that's why the song isn't in the movie.
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cwydro Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-29-06 12:04 PM
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24. he was great
and I just could not believe he sang the songs...how talented that man must be. I really was not a fan before, but wow.
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Radio_Lady Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 05:03 PM
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34. We thought some of his previous roles were well done also.
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Catshrink Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-29-06 03:20 PM
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29. It was great!
I loved the whole movie -- Reese Witherspoon did a great job but I agree, Phoenix was terrific. Great, great movie.
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Radio_Lady Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 05:04 PM
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35. I'll reward your comments with Milk Duds or buttered popcorn...
You choose!
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Dinger Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-29-06 03:21 PM
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30. Remarkable Movie. Phoenix Should Have Gotten Best Actor,Period
Reese was excellent, but Phoenix was awesome!
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Radio_Lady Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 05:06 PM
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36. An amazing portrayal, right up there with the best. It was very hard
Edited on Mon Oct-30-06 05:07 PM by Radio_Lady
to choose a winner, but if I had seen this movie in the same time frame as Philip Seymour Hoffman's role in "Capote" -- it would have been an even tougher choice!

But I don't belong to the Academy, so my answer is -- ACADEMIC!
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Dinger Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-29-06 03:28 PM
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31. I Think This Movie Was Based On The Book By Steve Turner :
"The Man Called Cash." They talk about how June & Johnny picked these actors in particular to portray them in the movie. Very excellent book.
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Radio_Lady Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 05:00 PM
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33. In fact, the actual writing credits do not mention Mr. Turner or his book:
Edited on Mon Oct-30-06 05:02 PM by Radio_Lady
Here is what is on the Internet Movie Data Base:

http://www.us.imdb.com/title/tt0358273/combined#writers

Writing credits (WGA)
Johnny Cash (book "Man in Black")

Johnny Cash (book "Cash: The Autobiography") and
Patrick Carr (book "Cash: The Autobiography") uncredited

Gill Dennis (written by) &
James Mangold (written by)
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Yavin4 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 05:35 PM
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37. If I Was A Movie Mogul, I'd Make Pat Tillman's Ordeal Into A Movie
and get Joaquin Phoenix to play him.

Alas, I am not a mogul, just a lowly techie.
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Kerrytravelers Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 05:50 PM
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40. We saw this three times in the theater... or maybe four.
Yep. We kinda liked it, too. :P
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SeattleGirl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-30-06 05:53 PM
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41. Ya think?
I kid. I have the DVD and have watched it about 4 times since I got it. (Also saw it in the theater when it first came out.)
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Kerrytravelers Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-31-06 12:53 AM
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42. It's #1 on our Christmas wish list!
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