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My Darling Vivian (2020)



Critic Consensus: My Darling Vivian adds an overdue corrective to the public story of Johnny Cash's private life -- and a strong testament to the woman at its center.

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In 1951, Catholic schoolgirl Vivian Liberto meets handsome Air Force cadet Johnny Cash at her local San Antonio, Texas skating rink. Their whirlwind summer romance lays the foundation for a feverish three-year-long correspondence while Johnny is stationed in Germany. Thousands of letters later, the two marry upon his return in 1954. Within a year, a career blossoms and a family is started. By 1961, Johnny Cash is a household name, number one on the music charts, and perpetually on tour. Meanwhile, only two weeks postpartum, Vivian settles into their custom-built home in Casitas Springs, California with their four young daughters. Plagued by bobcats, rattlesnakes, all-hours visits from fans, and a growing resentment toward her husband's absence, Vivian is pushed to a near breaking point when she and her daughters are targeted by hate groups over her perceived race. In MY DARLING VIVIAN, we will meet the first Mrs. Cash as her daughters, Rosanne, Kathy, Cindy, and Tara, share with us first hand, for the first time, the entire story of love, isolation, fear, heartbreak, and survival.


Critic Reviews for My Darling Vivian

All Critics (41) | Top Critics (8)

But the whole point of this illuminating and often moving film is that all of these people have a tale to tell - and one that's not as simple as Hollywood would have it.

July 13, 2020 | Full Review…

It's an interesting movie... It's a sort of reclamation project to restore his first wife to some kind of prominence and not just an asterisk to his career.

June 23, 2020 | Full Review…

Overall, I sort of wondered "Why?" Why am I watching this movie now? It's interesting... But there's sort of a lack of urgency to it.

June 23, 2020 | Full Review…

My Darling Vivian does an admirable job of recounting the story of a woman who was ultimately far more than just a footnote in someone else's life.

June 19, 2020 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

This may be the most comprehensive film portrait of Liberto yet, but the absence of her own voice is still achingly felt.

June 18, 2020 | Full Review…

My Darling Vivian is an unmistakably loving and sensitive portrait, an imperfect but impassioned attempt to makes the case that the easy Johnny Cash narrative is missing an important figure.

April 30, 2020 | Full Review…
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