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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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$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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When Walter enters the bar in Greenland, the song "Don't You Want Me" is playing as a karaoke song in the background. The song was also used to promote Zoolander 2 (2016) at Paris fashion week in 2015. See more »


At the airport, when Walter and Todd converse over coffee and Cinnabons, Todd's cup of coffee clearly refills in subsequent shots. See more »


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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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 »


Featured in Film 2015: Episode dated 17 December 2013 (2013) See more »


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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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