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Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story (2007)

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Singer Dewey Cox overcomes adversity to become a musical legend.

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Jake Kasdan
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Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 1 win & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Nat Faxon ... Awards Show Stage Manager
John C. Reilly ... Dewey Cox
Tim Meadows ... Sam
Conner Rayburn ... Dewey Age 8
Chip Hormess Chip Hormess ... Nate
Raymond J. Barry ... Pa Cox
Terrence Beasor ... Country Doctor
Margo Martindale ... Ma Cox
Honeyboy Edwards ... Old Bluesman (as David Honeyboy Edwards)
Gerry Black Gerry Black ... Harmonica Player
Aron Johnson Aron Johnson ... Teenage Band
Jack Donovan Saperstein ... Teenage Band (as Jack Saperstein)
Taylor Hubert Taylor Hubert ... Teenage Band (as Taylor Jamison Hubert)
Christopher Hurt Christopher Hurt ... Teenage Band
Matt Price ... MC (Teacher)
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Storyline

The up-and-down-and-up-again story of musician Dewey Cox, whose songs would change a nation. On his rock 'n roll spiral, Cox sleeps with 411 women, marries three times, has 36 kids, stars in his own 70s TV show, collects friends ranging from Elvis to the Beatles to a chimp, and gets addicted to - and then kicks - every drug known to man; but despite it all, Cox grows into a national icon and eventually earns the love of a good woman - longtime backup singer Darlene. Written by Sony Pictures

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Taglines:

Life made him tough. Love made him strong. Music made him hard.

Genres:

Comedy | Music

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexual content, graphic nudity, drug use and language | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 December 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Walk Hard See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,174,383, 23 December 2007

Gross USA:

$18,317,151

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$20,575,243
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Runtime:

| (extended edition)

Sound Mix:

SDDS | Dolby Digital | DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The screenplay for this film was featured in the 2006 Blacklist; a list of the "most liked" unmade scripts of the year. See more »

Goofs

In addition to Dewey Cox mentioning his show was being beaten in the ratings by "The Incredible Hulk" - despite the fact both shows were on the same network - Dewey also mentions his show was on Thursday nights. "The Incredible Hulk" aired on Friday nights. See more »

Quotes

[after Dewey accidentally barges in a room filled with smoke and groupies]
Sam: [coughs] Get outta here, Dewey!
Dewey Cox: What are y'all doin' in here?
Sam: We're smoking reefer and you don't want no part of this shit.
Dewey Cox: You're smoking *reefers*?
Sam: Yeah, 'course we are; can't you smell it?
Dewey Cox: [Dewey doesn't have a sense of smell] No, Sam. I can't.
Reefer Girl: Come on, Dewey! Join the party!
[takes a hit off a joint]
Sam: No, Dewey, you don't want this. Get outta here!
[...]
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Crazy Credits

After the credits there is a black&white clip of Dewey Cox performing Walk Hard in 2002, with the words "The actual Dewey Cox" See more »

Alternate Versions

The extended version released on home video, "American Cox: The Unbearably Long Self-Indulging Director's Cut", runs at 2 hours long. See more »

Connections

References Charlie's Angels (1976) See more »

Soundtracks

A Life Without You (Is No Life At All)
Written by Mike Viola
Produced by Michael Andrews
Performed by John C. Reilly (as Dewey Cox)
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Apatow nails it again
16 December 2007 | by harrisonh1See all my reviews

There is no doubt that Walk Hard is a great parody of the musician biopic as we know it today. The film is filled with rips and references to movies such as Walk the Line and Ray. Walk Hard does all of this very well, but also has its own brand of humor and jokes that stand on their own. From the time that the opening scene rolled, I knew that I was in for a treat.

Judd Apatow and Jake Kasdan show their comedic genius throughout the movie, whether it be through clever dialog between characters or the genuinely funny original songs. The music performed by Dewey Cox does a great job of parodying various styles, from Dylan to Brian Wilson.

John C. Reilly is fantastic in his role as Dewey Cox and establishes himself as a solid leading man. I was also thoroughly impressed that he actually sang and played all of the music in the movie and did it well. Jenna Fischer's performance in Walk Hard may be just what her career needs right now. It's nice to finally see her breaking the mold that she has set for herself as Pam in The Office.

Walk Hard also featured a wide range of current and former SNL stars, such as Kristin Wiig and Chris Parnell. In addition, some of the regulars from past Apatow films are also featured, but I don't want to ruin any surprises here.

All in all, Walk Hard is a really solid comedy and a must see for any Apatow fans. If you are going to see Walk Hard, do yourself a favor and check out Walk the Line and Ray before going. It will make for a much more rewarding experience.


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