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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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Don Proctor
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Storyline

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)

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$58,229,120 (USA) (4 April 2014)
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Trivia

When the boat lands in Iceland, two of the crewmen encourage Walter to run to the only bicycle available as a group of "horny Chileans" are also competing for the bicycle in order to go to a strip club. In 2010, Iceland's parliament passed a ban on strip clubs. The law made stripteases illegal in addition to banning any club from making a profit based on an employee's nudity. See more »

Goofs

On the final walk with Cheryl to see the final cover of Life magazine, Walter's shoes are black. Then the camera changes view and they are brown, and then black again. See more »

Quotes

Sean O'Connell: Beautiful things don't ask for attention.
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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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Featured in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #22.56 (2014) See more »

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Step Out
Written by Theodore Shapiro and Craig Wedren
Performed by José González
Produced by George Drakoulias, Theodore Shapiro and Craig Wedren
José González performs courtesy of Imperial Recordings
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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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