My Darling Vivian

 (1,475)7.61 h 29 min202016+
The story of Vivian Liberto, Johnny Cash's first wife and the mother of his four daughters. Features never-before-seen footage and photographs.
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Matt Riddlehoover
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Vivian LibertoJohnny CashRosanne Cash
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Documentary
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English [CC]
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Supporting actors
Elvis PresleyJoaquin Phoenix
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Matt RiddlehooverDustin Tittle
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Giant Pictures
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4.6 out of 5 stars

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suzanneReviewed in the United States on April 28, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
What a woman!! Beautiful story
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I have been waiting months for this film to become public. I read her book and learned so much. I am from TN, one town over from where Johnny and June lived, saw them out publicly many times- he did love her but there was always this fake air about her, he was friendly she was not. I attended quite a few town meetings in sumner county for school and they always came. Im really thankful to know Vivians story, i always wondered what happened to the Girls' mother. I also know Johnny Cash had a big heart for people, he often took care of my friend Wesley which was a surviving son of Roy Orbison and good friends with John Carter Cash- they lived across the street (another amazing story to follow- Ms Barbara Orbison was much like June Carter and very much treated wesley as a step child. I just know many stories wesley told of how good Johnny Cash was to him, so i will hold those memories for a long time. Congrats on a great documentary. Loved it!!
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Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United States on April 28, 2020
3.0 out of 5 stars
Imitation of life, Country Style
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Even in 2020, there seems to be a real hesitancy to admit this was a woman of color. Even if she was Sicilian, they were conquered by the Moors (AFRICANS), and have plenty of ethnic looking people to this date. My good friend, who is African-American could have played Vivian in the movie. They're almost identical. They reason why Vivian doesn't get more attention is because country music consumers is still largely racist, and June Carter has to be their rockabilly savior to cleanse their icon's past! o matter how you spin it, this looks like (and is) an ethnic woman. As far as the Johnny Cash tribute, Roseanne could have included her Mother. As a country star herself, they would not have deleted it. She also could have insisted on sharing the stage with her Mother. It seems like she kept her Mother a secret as well. Now since inclusion is king, here we are! I especially laughed at the part where they try to explain their Mother's darker skin in the picture form the article. She had varying shades of brown skin for the whole movie! Advice for the whole family: do one of those ancestry dna swabs and come to turn with your African History. You'll sleep better at night. Now back to the doc. I loved the nuances, and how the Director played with stock footage to create a moment. At some point, it would have been great if Vivian had shown some desire for life beyond Johnny. Or maybe that's the way the doc painted her life. As a modern woman, it was hard to relate to, but I get that she was a woman of her time. I think the real story here is why country music still feels the need to erase her, and how her ethnicity was vilified. My guess is that is why she stayed in the shadows, knowing how she would be perceived. Johnny blew up bigger than he had ever dreamed, and he felt saddled with this brown wife. I would love to hear more about that playing into his desertion of his family, because I bet it did. He substituted her for a woman who looked straight out of Appalachia, and let her pretend to be his children's' Mother. Those are some deep seeded issues right there! The doc barely scratched the surface when questioning the daughters. Just my opinion. This was nice and light, and chose to focus on the surface issue of a woman scorned, unwilling to dig deeper because it's afraid that the scab covers a bigger sore than they're ready to handle.
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Kay GrayReviewed in the United States on April 28, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
The Truth about I walk the line
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A strong woman in the Eye of the Storm that her Ex-Husband created. Misrepresented for the longest time. He wrote it for her not the other one that took the glory.
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NYCAMAZONCUSTReviewed in the United States on April 28, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
The First Mrs. Johnny Cash an Important Story.... Glad it was told
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There has been so many falsehoods on Vivian, as a African American I was led to believe she was in fact African American as well. I truly empathized what she went thru and understood how painful the break up was for her. Began to understand how difficult it must have been to be so erased from the life of the Man who was in fact the LOVE of her life. So glad I came upon this story.
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MrsDReviewed in the United States on April 28, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
A must see!
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Excellent documentary. Had I based my understanding of her on the Hollywood "Walk The Line" it would have been a tragedy. The fact that Nashville closed ranks around her at his memorial and only spoke of homewrecker June, speaks volumes and I have very little respect for any of them.
61 people found this helpful
S. CainReviewed in the United States on April 28, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Don’t miss this one.
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Absolutely wonderful documentary about a beautiful woman. Her story was long overdue to be told and this film does so in an honest way through the eyes of her children. I loved every second of it and cannot day enough good things about it. I have major respect for the filmmakers as well as Vivian’s daughters for the beautiful tribute to her. I’d give this film 100 stars if I could.
55 people found this helpful
ANGIE P.Reviewed in the United States on April 28, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Great Documentary and Touching Story Of Vivian Cash
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Really well done biography of Vivian Cash, whose story is glossed over and forgotten as Johnny Cash's first wife and mother to his four daughters. This film brings Vivian to life, shows her humanity and her life before and after her marriage to Cash and after their divorce. Her story deserves to be told, and this film does a great job of it. Lots of great photos, old film reels and interviews with the Cash girls. HIghly recommend.
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J.KReviewed in the United States on April 27, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Must see
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An excellent, fascinating documentary. It was tastefully one. The material was poignant, compelling, and sad. It also illustrates how misleading on some levels the movie Walk the Line really was. I enjoyed seeing all the family footage and the daughters interviews. I wish they had inserted more sound bites from Vivian herself, but understand the approach.
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