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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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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 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 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 contact... 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)  »

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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

There are technically two "last" Life magazine issues: One is the 20 May 2000 last monthly issue. This issue featured cover "premature baby" by Jason Michael Waldmann Jr., showing the picture of a tiny baby born prematurely, held in someone's hands, connected to life-supporting tubes. Contents included:
  • Born too soon, the high-tech, high-risk drama of keeping the tiniest babies alive.


  • George Story appeared as a baby in the first picture in the first issue of Life November 23, 1936 and died on April 4, 2000, only days after it was announced that Life would no longer be published as a monthly.


The second is the 20 April 2007 last supplement and last ever printed issue. Contents included: 21 Places You've Got To See To Believe-America's Hidden Treasures. This issue had a cover photograph of the John F. Kennedy statue at President's Park, South Dakota - one of America's Hidden Treasures and one of the 2 places you've got to 'see to believe'. See more »

Goofs

The dogs shown outside in Greenland are not authentic Greenlandic sled dogs, which are the only dogs allowed in Greenland. See more »

Quotes

Don Proctor: I just wanted to inform you all reluctantly that this month's issue will be our last. It's sad news, I'm sure. Now you're all valued employees but as we go under this transition of Life online, I want to be candid with you that some of you will be determined non-vital employees to the new partnership and we'll be deciding which of those positions will be remaining with us over the course of the next week. I also feel sad about that.
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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 Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001) See more »

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Far Away
Written by Tobias Winterkorn, José González and Elias Araya (as Elias Assegahegn Araya)
Performed by Junip
Courtesy of Mute
By arrangement with Bank Robber Music
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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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