MORRISON, Ill. — Odell Public Library's Nov. 14 movie tells the story of the young Johnny Cash and June Carter. The film ends with Cash giving his landmark concert at California Folsom Prison with June by his side, as she would be until they died within four months of each other in 2003.
It will be shown at the Odell Public Library at 2 p.m. Nov. 14.
Cash, the son of an Arkansas sharecropper, serves a stint in the Air Force in Germany. He longs to be a recording artist but his wife, Vivian, thinks John should stop singing and find a job to support her and the kids.
In an audition for Sam Phillips at a Memphis studio, a fire is lighted under John’s singing career. During his time on the road playing and singing in clubs, he meets and plays with Elvis, Waylon Jennings, Ray Orbison and Jerry Lee Lewis.
Johnny also meets June Carter, who comes from country royalty, the Carter family, headed by Mother Maybelle Carter. June is a firecracker.
Both Reese Witherspoon (June) and Joaquin Phoenix (Johnny) are dynamite with great chemistry. As June waits for John to walk the line, giving up the booze and drugs, she matures before our eyes and hopes the man she loves will catch up. Phoenix works miracles showing the sensitive side of Johnny Cash. His acting truly demonstrates an artist who bleeds into his music. Both actors do their own singing.