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The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013)

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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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Female Editor
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Hernando
Nolan Carley ...
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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In May 1999, New Line hired Chuck Russell to replace Ron Howard and rewrite the script. Filming was set to begin in early 2000 but was pushed back as Peter Tolan worked on rewrites. In May 2001, Samuel Goldwyn Jr. sued New Line for breach of contract. Goldwyn claimed that the studio extended their 1995 deal until May 2001, then announced that they 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 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. In May 2003, Spielberg agreed to direct and brought in DreamWorks to co-finance the Mitty project with Paramount, which acquired DreamWorks in 2006. See more »

Goofs

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: So you're just going to finish your beer and then fly a machine?
Helicopter Pilot: Yeah, I'm kind of nervous about the storm.
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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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Referenced in The Cinema Snob: Down and Dirty Duck (2014) See more »

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Escape (The Pina Colada Song)
Written by Rupert Holmes
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11 December 2013 | by (Orange County, CA) – See all my reviews

I have given this a "10" rating. There was one minor issue I had with the movie that would make it not quite that in my mind, but a "9" rating would be an injustice to this extraordinary film and, since I'm unable to give it a 9.75 or something like that, "10" it is.

This movie strikes an incredible balance between indy/art-house and Hollywood epic. The pathos of the main character is well-captured in subtle ways, as are the feelings of triumph when he is able to go beyond his own self-imposed limitations. The cinematography is extraordinary-- this is a drama that *must* be seen in theaters. I expect that most adults with any sensitivity at all will find this a highly satisfying experience that speaks to their very cores. My wife and I were privileged to see it in an advanced screening, and can't believe we have to wait another couple of weeks for the official release to go back and see it again.


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