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The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013)

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A day-dreamer escapes his anonymous life by disappearing into a world of fantasies filled with heroism, romance and action. When his job along with that of his co-worker are threatened, he 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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Ben Stiller directs and stars in THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY, James Thurber's classic story of a day-dreamer who escapes his anonymous life by disappearing into a world of fantasies filled with heroism, romance and action. When his job along with that of his co-worker (Kristen Wiig) 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. Written by 20th Century Fox

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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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In May 1999 New Line hired The Mask (1994) director Chuck Russell to rewrite the script and serve as Ron Howard's replacement. Filming was set to begin in early-2000, but was pushed back. Around this time, Peter Tolan worked on rewrites. In May 2001 Samuel Goldwyn Jr. filed a lawsuit against New Line over breach of contract purposes. Goldwyn claimed that the studio extended their 1995 deal until May 2001, but then announced that it wanted to transfer the rights for the remake to another company and have Goldwyn surrender his creative input. In November 2002 New Line was forced to revert the film rights back to Goldwyn, who won his lawsuit and took the property to Paramount Pictures. During pre-production discussions between Paramount and DreamWorks Pictures on Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events (2004) (which starred Jim Carrey), Steven Spielberg, head of DreamWorks, rekindled interest in working with Carrey; the duo previously considered Meet the Parents (2000), but the outing fell apart. In May 2003 Spielberg agreed to direct, and brought in DreamWorks to co-finance the Mitty project with Paramount (who would acquire DreamWorks in 2006). See more »

Goofs

When the sailors get off the boat in Iceland, the captain tells Walter to hurry up and get to the bike first since the men are headed to a strip club. There are no strip clubs in Iceland. In 2010 the government banned all businesses that profit from the nudity of their employees. See more »

Quotes

Cheryl: I wanted to tell you, that song "Major Tom" and that beard guy... he doesn't know what he's talking about. That song is about courage and going into the unknown. It's a cool song.
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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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Escape (The Pina Colada Song)
Written by Rupert Holmes
Performed by Jack Johnson
Produced by Jack Johnson, Adam Topol, Merlo Podlewski and Zach Gill
Jack Johnson appears courtesy of Brushfire Records
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A great experience!
25 November 2013 | by (Texas, United States) – See all my reviews

I had been looking forward to seeing this movie since I saw the preview. I was a big fan of the original story, and although I knew the movie would be very different, I could see that this would end up being one of my favorite movies. I was not disappointed.

Ben Stiller is perfect as Walter Mitty. His performance was exactly what I wanted. There was one scene in particular that seemed a little out of place, but then again you have to remember that Walter Mitty has a very active imagination. Ben Stiller's performance was so engaging, a nice break from his usual slapstick roles (which I also love). If you are hoping to see him doing one of his usual humorous roles, you will be disappointed. If you want to see him capturing the emotions of a man that has a hard time expressing himself, you will love this movie.

The visuals in this film were particularly fantastic. From the New York offices of LIFE all the way to Iceland. Every scene was perfectly captured and just beautiful.

Finally, the soundtrack. While I was definitely distracted by the visuals and Ben Stiller's spot-on performance, the soundtrack deserves a nod as well. Every song fit perfectly with the tone of the film. There are a few scenes that stand out as particularly wonderful, and I'm sure you'll know what I mean once you see the movie. This will definitely be on my shelf once it is released.

Really my only criticism is Adam Scott. While he is great at playing the jerk boss, his beard is very distracting. It looks fake, as if they pasted it onto his face. Other than that, I think the movie was pretty much perfect and can be enjoyed by anyone looking to see a beautiful movie about a man with a very active imagination.

Enjoy!


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