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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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Box Office


$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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Did You Know?


Shirley MacLaine, appeared on the cover of Life magazine four times. The first time was with her daughter, Sachi Parker, in the February 9, 1959 issue. The second time was to promote My Geisha (1962) in the February 19, 1961 issue. The third time was to promote The Children's Hour (1961) in the February 23, 1962 issue. The fourth time was to promote Irma la Douce (1963) in the June 21, 1963 issue. See more »


When Walter is in Greenland, all signs and posters are in English. In Greenland, all signs are in Danish and Greenlandic. See more »


Walter Mitty: I was saying you know who looks good in a beard? Dumbledore. Not you.
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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 »


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Stay Alive
Written by Ryan Adams and Theodore Shapiro
Performed by José González
Produced by George Drakoulias and Theodore Shapiro
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Ben Stillers best picture? I think so.
9 December 2013 | by (Bristol, england) – See all my reviews

I would like to open with one word; Wow. I had been wanting to watch this movie since I had seen the first trailer. After being invited to an advanced showing I got very excited. The movie was outstanding. The cinematography was perfect and the character development was extraordinary. The film was very well paced and at no point did i believe the film was too short or that I felt rushed during the movie. It has its action moments and satire, but overall it is a very happy film. I will most likely see the film in the future again because this is up there with Forrest Gump and Django Unchained as a near perfect movie.

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