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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tim Naughton (as Jonathan C. Daly)
Odessa Mitty
Gary Mannheim
Cheryl's Co-Worker
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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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 USA:

$13,000,000, 27 December 2013, Wide Release

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


When Walter arrives in Greenland and asks if there are any cars available they tell him they have "a blue one and a red one." Walter tells the man "I'll take the red one." In the movie The Matrix Morpheus tells Neo: "You take the blue pill, the story ends. You wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe. You take the red pill, you stay in Wonderland, and I show you how deep the rabbit hole goes." See more »


When Walter shows Cheryl's son skateboard tricks in the park, Walter's briefcase moves from the right side of the park bench, where he puts it down initially, to the left side when he and Rich are in the background and Cheryl is on the phone. See more »


Todd Maher: How does that Cinnabon taste?
Walter Mitty: Great.
Todd Maher: That's frosted heroin, what you're eating, my friend.
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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 The Matrix (1999) See more »


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A great experience!
25 November 2013 | by 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.


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