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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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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The drunken helicopter pilot jokes that "There are like eight people in Greenland". When Walter goes to Greenland, he only sees eight different people. See more »


Three different skateboards: Board #1 When Walter trades for the skateboard with the Greenville teens, the 'Longboard' he receives is likely a Bustin Boombox (full kick tails front and back). Then the actual board he is seen riding down the hill toward the volcano is the #2 board likely a Bustin EQ (Pintail board no kicks). He finishes the slide on the EQ, but the board changes back to the Boombox next scene as he carries it. (Kick tails again)

In the e-mail sent to Walter from Sheryl's kid, there is #3 and final board, unsure what board this is, but it's definitely far different and shorter, you can tell the different shape (longer kicks) if you look closely.

To attempt to maintain some level of continuity, they all have Paris 180 trucks and Bustin Swift blue wheels, UNITL the e-mail video where Rich (Sheryl's kid) mounts smaller black skateboard wheels on instead of the Blue Bustin Longboard wheels. See more »


Walter Mitty: What was the picture?
Sean O'Connell: Let's just call it a ghost cat, Walter Mitty.
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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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Written by Win Butler, Régine Chassagne (as Regine Chassagne), Tim Kingsbury, Richard Reed Parry (as Richard Parry) and Will Butler (as William Butler)
Performed by Arcade Fire
Courtesy of Merge Records
By arrangement with Bank Robber Music
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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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