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The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013)

PG  |   |  Adventure, Comedy, Drama  |  25 December 2013 (USA)
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When his job along with that of his co-worker are threatened, Walter takes action in the real world embarking on a global journey that turns into an adventure more extraordinary than anything he could have ever imagined.

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Tim Naughton (as Jonathan C. Daly)
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Gary Mannheim
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Don Proctor
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Western Union Employee
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Retirement Home Administrator
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Edna Mitty
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Walter's Dad
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Storyline

The manager of the negative assets sector of Life magazine, Walter Mitty, has been working for sixteen years for the magazine and has a tedious life, not going anywhere but from his home to his job and vice-versa. He is an escapist, daydreaming into a world of fantasy many times a day. Walter has a crush on the recently hired Cheryl Melhoff but he is too shy to invite her on a date and he is trying to contact her via online dating. The magazine is preparing to release its last printed edition and the loathsome manager of transition Ted Hendricks is preparing an inevitable downsizing over the next few days. Walter has been the liaison between the magazine and the mysterious independent photographer Sean O'Connell who has sent to him a package of negatives and a wallet as a gift for his work. Sean also suggests to the senior management the use of negative 25 for the cover of the last edition. However, Walter cannot find the negative that is missing. Walter has no means to contact Sean ... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Stop dreaming. Start living.


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Rated PG for some crude comments, language and action violence | See all certifications »

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25 December 2013 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La increíble vida de Walter Mitty  »

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Budget:

$90,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$13,000,000 (USA) (27 December 2013)

Gross:

$58,229,120 (USA) (4 April 2014)
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Trivia

In April 2010, Sacha Baron Cohen was attached to star in the lead role. Later that month,'Steven Conrad (I)' was hired to pen the screenplay, with Gore Verbinski announced as director in June 2010. In April 2011, it was announced that Ben Stiller had landed the lead role. In July 2011, it was announced that he was also due to direct the film, due to Verbinski's involvement with The Lone Ranger (2013). See more »

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When the volcano eruption alarm goes off in Iceland, the film shows 3 klaxon-style horns, not the sirens heard on the soundtrack. See more »

Quotes

Walter Mitty: [with Spanish accent] The ice, yes? She moves like a woman. I'm Walter. Mitty.
Cheryl: Cheryl. Melhoff. Where have you been?
Walter Mitty: Testing the limits of the human spirit.
Cheryl: I'd like to climb your hair, test that out.
Walter Mitty: Perhaps I can contact you, possibly through my poetry falcon.
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The making and authorized distribution of this film supported over 15,000 jobs and involved hundreds of thousands of work hours. See more »

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References Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) See more »

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Dream
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Performed by José González
Courtesy of Universal Republic Records
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To see the world. To find each other and to feel. That is the purpose of life.
3 December 2013 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I saw an advanced screening of "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" last night. To the right person, this movie is life-changing, life-affirming, and truly beautiful. No, the narrative isn't perfect. The script isn't perfect. There are narrative flaws and stretches of the imagination, but this movie is about stretching the imagination.

The concept - of an underachieving dreamer finally discovering the world - is something most of us can relate to. Accompanied by a truly beautiful soundtrack, Oscar-worthy camera work, and the surprisingly able acting of Ben Stiller, as well as an accompanying cast which includes Adam Scott, Kirsten Wiig and Sean Penn, among others, this is heart-warming and truly special.


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