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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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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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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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SDDS | Dolby Digital | DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

After Darlene, Jenna Fischer, and Edith, Kristen Wiig, both walk out on Dewey in the hotel room, the way Dewey chases after them down the street is a parody of the T1000 running in Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991). See more »

Goofs

"The Dewey Cox Show" airs on CBS. During a rehearsal, Dewey complains that his show is getting beaten in the ratings by The Incredible Hulk, which aired on CBS, so it could not be in competition with "The Dewey Cox Show." See more »

Quotes

Theo: Which one of y'all writes which song?
John Lennon: All the good ones are mine... He does the ones that are shit.
Paul McCartney: [laughing] Hilarious! "Number nine", really great.
John Lennon: "Yesterday"...
[Mumbling/singing/imitating Paul]
Paul McCartney: He writes the ones that are "Oh, there's no God, I'm a fucking asshole", and I write the ones that are beautiful and great, and he'll jump in with the "yeah, yeah, yeah"-
[Blows raspberry]
John Lennon: I write songs about peace and love, you write Sussudio.
Paul McCartney: [singing, imitating John] "Communism is the best, I'm a ...
[...]
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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 »


Soundtracks

Walk Hard (All Star Version)
Written by Marshall Crenshaw, Judd Apatow, Dan Bern, Jake Kasdan,
John C. Reilly, Ghostface Killah (as Tony Starks), Manish Raval, Michael Andrews and Lewis Morton (as Lew Morton)
Produced by Michael Andrews
Performed by Jackson Browne, Jewel Kilcher (as Jewel), Ghostface Killah and Lyle Lovett
Jackson Browne appears courtesy of Inside Recordings LLC
Ghostface Killah appears courtesy of The Island Def Jam Music Group and Starks Enterprises
Lyle Lovett appears courtesy of Curb/Lost Highway
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Different style but another great one from Apatow gang
11 October 2007 | by steelydwillSee all my reviews

As a huge fan of the previous Apatow movies, I drove recklessly through traffic to make it into an early screening of Walk Hard, and I'm happy I did. I think this movie is a different direction for Judd and his band, as it is more similar to Airplane in style than it is to Knocked Up. But that impressed me that they took that risk and made it work -- and it definitely worked as me and the rest of the theatre were laughing with regularity.

Without getting too much into the details of the movie because I hate spoilers, the thing that made this movie great to me was the unexpected humor. Like Airplane, there are a lot of times when you just don't see the next line coming, and those are the best laughs. Besides John C. Reilly in the lead role, who obviously got a lot of the funniest lines, Tim Meadows as Dewey Cox's drummer really cracked me up, and Paul Rudd as Jon Lennon cracked up the entire theatre.

It was definitely one of those movies where you're recalling a lot of funny parts a day later. So while it may be a different type of movie than the Apatow groups' other work, the sense of funny is still there, and I think this is up there with the best comedies of the year.


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