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A day-dreamer escapes his anonymous life by disappearing into a world of fantasies filled with heroism, romance and action. When his job along with that of his co-worker are threatened, he 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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Gary Mannheim
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Don Proctor
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Cheryl's Co-Worker
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Hernando
Nolan Carley ...
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Walter's Dad
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Ben Stiller directs and stars in THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY, James Thurber's classic story of a day-dreamer who escapes his anonymous life by disappearing into a world of fantasies filled with heroism, romance and action. When his job along with that of his co-worker (Kristen Wiig) 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. Written by 20th Century Fox

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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)  »

Also Known As:

La increíble vida de Walter Mitty  »

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Budget:

$90,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$13,000,000 (USA) (27 December 2013)

Gross:

$58,229,120 (USA) (4 April 2014)
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Despite not having a final budget, Paramount scheduled a 12 December 2005 start date because their option on the remake rights was to end one week later; they would lose the rights if they did not start filming before December 20. However, Owen Wilson dropped out in October 2005 over creative differences. The Hollywood Reporter also speculated that Walter Mitty began to falter after Paramount failed to cast a female lead to star opposite Wilson. Scarlett Johansson had reportedly emerged as the front-runner after screen testing with Wilson earlier in October, but a deal was never signed with the actress. Paramount executives 'Brad Grey (I)' and Gail Berman decided to put Walter Mitty in turnaround in November 2005. Samuel Goldwyn Jr. found favor at Twentieth Century Fox and, in May 2007, it was announced that Mike Myers was attached to star in the title role. Jay Kogen was hired to write a new script that would be specifically tailored for Myers. See more »

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Several characters, including Walter, keep referring to the leitmotif song as "Major Tom". The song is in fact called "Space Oddity". See more »

Quotes

Walter Mitty: [with Spanish accent] The ice, yes? She moves like a woman. I'm Walter. Mitty.
Cheryl: Cheryl. Melhoff. Where have you been?
Walter Mitty: Testing the limits of the human spirit.
Cheryl: I'd like to climb your hair, test that out.
Walter Mitty: Perhaps I can contact you, possibly through my poetry falcon.
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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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Referenced in Film 2014: Episode dated 17 December 2013 (2013) See more »

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Far Away
Written by Tobias Winterkorn, José González and Elias Araya (as Elias Assegahegn Araya)
Performed by José González
Courtesy of Mute
By arrangement with Bank Robber Music
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A great experience!
25 November 2013 | by (Texas, United States) – 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.

Enjoy!


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