Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story 2007

Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story is a 2007 American comedy film, directed by Jake Kasdan and starring John C. Reilly. Judd Apatow, director of The 40-Year-Old Virgin and Knocked Up, and Kasdan co-wrote and produced the film.

The Dewey Cox persona borrows from several prolific figures in rock history: Bob Dylan, Elvis Presley, Roy Orbison, Jim Morrison, Brian Wilson, Glen Campbell, Ray Charles, Jerry Lee Lewis and Donovan, but mainly Johnny Cash. The plot echoes the storyline of 2005’s Johnny Cash biopic Walk the Line; Walk Hard is also a parody of the biopic genre as a whole. The film was released in the United States and Canada by Columbia Pictures on December 21, 2007.

Plot: 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 22 kids and 14 step-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.
Singer-songwriters Dan Bern and Mike Viola (of the Candy Butchers) wrote most of the film’s songs, including There’s a Change a Happenin’, Mulatto, A Life Without You (Is No Life At All), Beautiful Ride and Hole in My Pants. Charlie Wadhams wrote the song Let’s Duet. Marshall Crenshaw wrote the title song, and Van Dyke Parks penned one of the 1960-styled psychedelic jams, Black Sheep. Antonio Ortiz wrote Take My Hand.

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