Bray People - - ENTERTAINMENT -

FRI­DAY, 9.35pm, RTE1

You don’t have to be a coun­try mu­sic fan to en­joy this ex­cel­lent biopic of Johnny Cash, star­ring Joaquin Phoenix.

It ex­am­ines his ca­reer and tur­bu­lent re­la­tion­ship with his fu­ture wife, June Carter (Reese Wither­spoon).

James Man­gold’s story is for­mu­laic, but it is a thrilling ac­count of the singer’s early ca­reer and fiery courtship of Carter.

The pill-pop­ping, heavy-drink­ing Man in Black is bril­liantly por­trayed by Phoenix, but Wither­spoon won most of the plau­dits.

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