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New Johnny Cash Documentary Explores His ‘Unshakable Faith in God’

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New Johnny Cash Documentary Explores His ‘Unshakable Faith in God’

By Movieguide® Contributor

A trailer for a new Johnny Cash documentary reveals the country legend’s musical talent, as well as the importance of his Christian faith.

JOHNNY CASH: THE REDEMPTION OF AN AMERICAN ICON makes use of over a 100 previously unheard tapes that were initially for Cash’s biography. The movie focuses on the time around the release of the 1971 album Man in Black, as well as Cash’s struggle with addiction and the influence of his faith. 

”Johnny Cash is an American icon who undoubtedly shaped the musical landscape. Behind the fame is the true story of a man who was haunted by his own inner demons, and through facing them, ultimately found an unshakable faith in God,” said producer Jon Erwin in a statement about the documentary. “At Kingdom Story Company, we strive to bring inspiring true stories to screen. JOHNNY CASH: THE REDEMPTION OF AN AMERICAN ICON is one such story.”

Kingdom Story Company is the studio behind movies like I STILL BELIEVE, AMERICAN UNDERDOG, and the upcoming JESUS REVOLUTION. 

“Here’s the great contradiction — who could be friends with Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, and Billy Graham all at the same time? The answer: Johnny Cash,” Greg Laurie, one of the movie’s producers, explained. “He was a contradiction at times, but he had a deep faith that he always returned to.”

“I think of all the documentaries made about my dad, he’d be most excited about this one,” added John Carter Cash.

Movieguide® previously reported on Cash’s faith:

Johnny Cash’s son, John Carter Cash, shared his father’s Christian faith in his new book, “Walking the Line: 90 Devotions of Truth and Hope Based on the Faith of Johnny Cash.”

The book collects Cash’s quotes about faith, as well as never-before-seen thoughts on Christianity from the country singer. 

“My father’s faith was defining of who he was,” John said of his father. “My dad fell short in many ways through his life, but he always went back to that faith. He always carried that with him no matter what, wherever he went. Everything that he did in his life, that was a foundation.”

Even when his dad strayed, John said he would always “come back…full circle” and relied on his faith through good times and bad. 

“The things that he stood for are … essential aspects of love and respect for family and forgiveness,” he shared. 

Cash faced many struggles over the years, including serious health issues towards the end of his life, but John said his father always looked to God for help. 

“His faith was like unto Job,” John explained. “He did not curse God. He realized that he was human, and his faith helped carry him.”

He also talked about why he chose to compile these thoughts from his father into a book.

“People tell me on a regular basis, ‘Without your dad, I would be lost. I would not be here. He saved me at times of trouble in my life,’” John said. “And so it’s appreciation for that.”

He continued, “When I’ve looked at my father’s works, when I’ve looked at his writings, I am brought back in contact with him because he had such a personality within his written word,” he said. “It’s almost as if I’m back in the room with him again … and I’m reminded of his voice.”

Watch the trailer for JOHNNY CASH: THE REDEMPTION OF AN AMERICAN ICON here. 

 

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