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Johnny Cash visits his childhood home in Arkansas.

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Cash visits his childhood home in Dyess, Arkansas.

Classroom Clips

Johnny Cash performs his song, Five Feet High and Rising.

Filmmaker Interviews

Elfstrom discusses some key choices that went into his depiction of an American icon.


Robert Elfstrom paints an unforgettable portrait of Johnny Cash at his peak.

  • Updated on April 17, 2014

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Johnny Cash: The Man, His World, His Music (90 min.)

Premiere Date: August 5, 2008

Encore Broadcast Date: Aug. 4, 2009

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Filmmaker: Robert Elfstrom Bio | Interview

Press: Fact Sheet | Critical Acclaim | Press Release


Robert Elfstrom
Robert Elfstrom

In the middle of the song, both John and Bob [Dylan] forgot the lyrics. So the recording session stopped while people scampered around the Columbia Records building trying to find the lyrics to a Bob Dylan song.”

— Robert Elfstrom, Filmmaker


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Critical Acclaim

Robert Elfstrom’s magnificent 1969 documentary Johnny Cash: The Man, His World, His Music ranks among the most comprehensive and effective cinematic presentations of the late Cash’s persona and impact.”

&mdash Ron Wynn
Nashville City Paper

Elfstrom’s film is a book of quiet revelations.”

— Matt Zoller Seitz
Time Out New York

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