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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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Cheryl's Co-Worker
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Hernando
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Walter's Dad
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The manager of the negative assets sector of Life magazine, Walter Mitty, has been working for sixteen years in 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 through via online dating. The magazine is preparing to release the latest 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 that 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 ... 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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Despite not having a final budget, Paramount scheduled a 12 December 2005 start date because their option on the remake rights was to end one week later; they would lose the rights if they did not start filming before December 20. However, Owen Wilson dropped out in October 2005 over creative differences. The Hollywood Reporter also speculated that Walter Mitty began to falter after Paramount failed to cast a female lead to star opposite Wilson. Scarlett Johansson had reportedly emerged as the front-runner after screen testing with Wilson earlier in October, but a deal was never signed with the actress. Paramount executives 'Brad Grey (I)' and Gail Berman decided to put Walter Mitty in turnaround in November 2005. Samuel Goldwyn Jr. found favor at Twentieth Century Fox and, in May 2007, it was announced that Mike Myers was attached to star in the title role. Jay Kogen was hired to write a new script that would be specifically tailored for Myers. See more »

Goofs

During the final conversation between Walter and Cheryl, Walter's neck chain alternates between visible and hidden throughout. See more »

Quotes

Trawler Captain: You have at least a minute before you freeze.
Walter Mitty: What?
Trawler Captain: You are safe.
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Crazy Credits

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 Grease (1978) See more »

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Maneater
Written by Daryl Hall, John Oates and Sara Allen
Performed by KnightsBridge
Courtesy of Countdown Media
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I would like to open with one word; Wow. I had been wanting to watch this movie since I had seen the first trailer. After being invited to an advanced showing I got very excited. The movie was outstanding. The cinematography was perfect and the character development was extraordinary. The film was very well paced and at no point did i believe the film was too short or that I felt rushed during the movie. It has its action moments and satire, but overall it is a very happy film. I will most likely see the film in the future again because this is up there with Forrest Gump and Django Unchained as a near perfect movie.


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