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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tim Naughton (as Jonathan C. Daly)
Gary Mannheim
Don Proctor
Cheryl's Co-Worker
Ted's Toner Box Associate
Amanda Naughton ...
Female Editor
Nolan Carley ...
Western Union Employee
Retirement Home Administrator
Edna Mitty
Walter's Dad


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.

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

25 December 2013 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La increíble vida de Walter Mitty  »

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Box Office


$90,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


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

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2.35 : 1
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The drunken helicopter pilot jokes that "There are like eight people in Greenland". When Walter goes to Greenland, he only sees eight different people. See more »


During the bar scene in Greenland, the level of Walter's beer goes up after he is served. See more »


Cheryl: God, you're noteworthy!
Walter Mitty: I just live by the ABCs: Adventurous, Brave, Creative.
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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 »


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


Written by Daryl Hall, John Oates and Sara Allen
Performed by KnightsBridge
Courtesy of Countdown Media
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Excellent and elegant.
27 December 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I loved this movie. I know some critics say this movie is like flicking through a National Geographic magazine. I disagree, this movie is a well-balanced triumph. Fantastic views, simple yet wonderfully poignant story line and strong lead actor. Kristen wig and Sean Penn had unidimensional roles within the movie but they are not the leads. The humor was tasteful, adequate and well placed. It was such a pleasant surprise from your day to day blockbuster and I strongly prefer this movie to the desolation of Smaug which I watched the night before. Ben Stiller has managed to achieve an impossible feat with this movie, an elegant contemporary film without excessive emotional histrionics or sexual overtones. Strongly recommend this movie to anyone looking for a modern take on life. Just like the lead, Walter Mitty is your everyday guy doing an everyday job faced with realistic modern day issues. One day, he takes a leap of faith and that has made all the difference. How can anyone not love this movie?

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