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I Walk the Line (1970)

PG-13 | | Drama | 13 October 1970 (USA)
Henry Tawes is the sheriff in a small town in Tennessee. A man of strong moral fiber, he is always quick to judge others and follows the law zealously. Then he meets Alma, a beautiful young... See full summary »

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John Frankenheimer

Writers:

Alvin Sargent (screenplay), Madison Jones (novel)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Gregory Peck ... Sheriff Tawes
Tuesday Weld ... Alma McCain
Estelle Parsons ... Ellen Haney
Ralph Meeker ... Carl McCain
Lonny Chapman ... Bascomb
Charles Durning ... Hunnicutt
Jeff Dalton ... Clay McCain
Freddie McCloud Freddie McCloud ... Buddy McCain
Jane Rose Jane Rose ... Elsie
J.C. Evans J.C. Evans ... Grandpa Tawes
Margaret A. Morris ... Sybil
Bill Littleton Bill Littleton ... Pollard
Leo Yates Leo Yates ... Vogel
Nora Denney ... Darlene Hunnicutt (as Dodo Denney)
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Henry Tawes is the sheriff in a small town in Tennessee. A man of strong moral fiber, he is always quick to judge others and follows the law zealously. Then he meets Alma, a beautiful young girl who turns his world upside-down. Unable to ignore his feelings, he starts an affair with her. But in a small town nothing is secret for long. Written by Mattias Pettersson <seaman@sbbs.se>

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The Tennessee hills run red with violence the day the sheriff walked away from the law. See more »

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Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some violence and sexual content | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 October 1970 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

An Exile See more »

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Budget:

$4,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastman Color)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The scenes in town were filmed in Gainsboro, Tennessee. See more »

Quotes

Sheriff Tawes: People here just try to survive, that's all. Some make a little moonshine, don't really harm nobody.
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References Hook, Line and Sinker (1969) See more »

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Rural '70 quiet T. Weld!
22 August 2004 | by shepardjessicaSee all my reviews

A totally under-appreciated and unseen film (except for some Gregory Peck fans) with Estelle Parsons and Ralph Meeker and the glorious totally bashed actress (in movies since age 12) and this is AFTER Pretty Poison, a witty and insightful script directed by (apparently a one-shot guy, Noel Black) that nobody got to see!

1970 was a great year for films and this didn't make my top TEN, but it's very interesting...with a moral that actually plays out in a semi-realistic and human AMERICAN way, but unfortunately, it was considered drive-in fare by whatever studio released it. Try to find this one. It's like Deliverance combined with Love with the Proper Stranger and it's quite unique, mainly because of Tuesday Weld's performance. An 8 out of 10 in a very good year. Best performance = T. Weld.


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