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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

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Tim Naughton (as Jonathan C. Daly)
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Odessa Mitty
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Gary Mannheim
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Cheryl's Co-Worker
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Amanda Naughton ...
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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Release Date:

25 December 2013 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La increíble vida de Walter Mitty  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$90,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

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

Gross USA:

$58,236,838

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$188,133,322
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Ben Stiller starred in and directed the finished film. During one phase of development, Stiller's close friend and frequent "frat pack" co-star Owen Wilson was attached to the project. See more »

Goofs

Before Sean lets Walter take a peek through his camera's viewfinder, he accidentally touches the lens and brings it out of position. Walter wouldn't have seen much without readjusting the lens. See more »

Quotes

Sean O'Connell: Sorry about the neg roll. I spilled some blood on it while self stitching a gun wound to my abdomen.
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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 »

Connections

Featured in Walter Mitty: The Look of Life (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

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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To see the world. To find each other and to feel. That is the purpose of life.
3 December 2013 | by 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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