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My Father and the Man in Black (2012)

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The untold story of 'bad-boy' Johnny Cash, his talented but troubled manager, Saul Holiff, and a son searching for his father in the shadow of a legend.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Saul Holiff Saul Holiff ... Himself (archive footage)
Johnny Cash ... Himself (archive footage)
Jonathan Holiff Jonathan Holiff ... Himself
Bob Dylan ... Himself (archive footage)
June Carter Cash ... Herself (archive footage)
Harvey Glatt Harvey Glatt ... Himself
Gary Holiff Gary Holiff ... Saul Holiff at 50
David Disher David Disher ... Johnny Cash at 30
Joshua Robinson Joshua Robinson ... Saul Holiff at 40
Dan Champagne Dan Champagne ... Johnny Cash at 40
Norman Singer Norman Singer ... Saul Holiff at 75
Elli Hollands Elli Hollands ... June Carter / June Carter Cash
Alino Giraldi Alino Giraldi ... Saul Holiff at 20
Robert Skanes ... Marshall Grant
Trevor Juras Trevor Juras ... Luther Perkins


After the suicide of Johnny Cash's former manager, Saul Holiff, his estranged son, Jonathon, returns home. There, Jonathon learns from his mother that his father's personal records exist in storage. As Jonathon searches through them, he discovers much about his father's life of deferred dreams in London, Ontario until he became the manager of Johnny Cash. From there, Jonathon learns of his father's hectic life managing the erratic country star with his personal demons and moods and how the material success came with a profound cost of its own for Saul. In doing so, Jonathon gets a new perspective of a father who had his problems that he never fully conquered himself. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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Before there was Johnny and June, there was Johnny and Saul See more »


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Release Date:

6 September 2013 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Johnny and Saul See more »

Filming Locations:

Hamilton, Ontario, Canada See more »

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1.85 : 1
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NOMINATED for "Best Documentary" and "Best Director" at the 2013 Lewiston Auburn Film Festival (USA) See more »


Myra Richman: [Miami-Dade Concert 1967] I had never seen Johnny in person and my mother and Saul and Barbara and I all had front row seats, and the curtain went up. He strummed his guitar once and waited a LONG time. I was feeling a little uncomfortable. I remember thinking, "Let's go!" You know, "what's happening here?" And then he looked down, and looked right at Saul, and he said "SAAAUUUUUL, HELP ME!"... in the most pathetic voice, and Saul went TEARING out, stepped on my foot in the process, went running...
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In the opening credits, where a major distributor is normally listed, the filmmaker inserted the words "Intentionally Left Blank." This was an inside joke. Adverse market conditions offset by a large following for the film made self-releasing a more attractive option. Later, when the film was given final certification for tax credit purposes, the Canadian government required the filmmaker to sign an affidavit swearing that no such company "Intentionally Left Blank" had been connected with the film. See more »

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collateral damage
17 June 2013 | by smurph2010See all my reviews

I watched the premiere on CTV, June 17, 2013. It was great to see a story about Johnny Cash's dark celebrity with the focus on his back-room power broker and the lynch-pin that appears to have been an at-times tormented friendship. Caught up in the whirlwind of fame, Saul Holiff appears to have been a man willing to compromise many things in his life that he was sadly unable to reconcile. Kudos to Jonathan Holiff for an unemotional, non-blaming story-telling about the father-son relationship that was clearly collateral damage. The locker full of memorabilia could have been a roomful of pain, and perhaps it was, but the film shows that Jonathan instead chose to receive the content as a gift from a father to his creative, talented son.

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