March 06, 2006 12:00 PM

Walk the Line

Reese Witherspoon comes from Nashville—and it showed in her glowing performance as June Carter Cash in Walk the Line. She seemed intuitively to understand Carter Cash, who, going against everything she believed in, found herself falling in love with a married man given to drinking hard and popping pills. In 1999’s Election, Witherspoon first showed she was far more than just a romantic comedy cutie, but it wasn’t until Walk that she got a chance to demonstrate that there’s industrial-strength steel behind that lovely smile.

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