My Father and the Man in Black
My Father and the Man in Black (2013)

Before there was Johnny and June, there was Johnny and Saul. Secretly recorded audio diaries and telephone calls with Johnny Cash from the 1960s and 1970s reveal a brand new side of the legendary singer. An intense personal adventure that… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: September 6, 2013
DVD Release Date: October 1, 2013
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor

You get a strong whiff of what it must have been like to be Johnny Cash, or his exasperated manager, from this film. It would make a good companion piece to "Walk the Line.

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David DeWitt
New York Times

Here these men are but ciphers; we want understanding, but we get only suggestion.

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Austin Trunick
Under the Radar

It's certainly a more enlightening look than any big-budget Hollywood biopic could offer.

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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic

It's good that Holiff wants to unlock this puzzle, but Cash is so compelling a figure that he is ultimately the only character we truly care about.

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Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times

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."

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Nora Lee Mandel

A strong story without the reconstructions. . . son/director could have trusted the powerful audio-visual material. . . instead of overplaying the reenactments and narration.

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Sheila O'Malley

This has the potential to be dreadfully maudlin stuff, but the film is too damn interesting to be maudlin.

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Ronnie Scheib

Partly transcends its inherent self-indulgence.

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Keith Phipps
The Dissolve

My Father And The Man In Black is partly a biography of Saul Holiff, partly an account of Jonathan Holiff's relationship with his dad, and never particularly successful as either.

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