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A Walk in the Woods (2015)

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After spending two decades in England, Bill Bryson returns to the U.S., where he decides the best way to connect with his homeland is to hike the Appalachian Trail with one of his oldest friends.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Sam Bryson
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Young Hiker #1
Young Hiker #2
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In this new comedy adventure, celebrated travel writer, Bill Bryson, instead of retiring to enjoy his loving and beautiful wife, and large and happy family, challenges himself to hike the Appalachian Trail - 2,200 miles of America's most unspoiled, spectacular and rugged countryside from Georgia to Maine. The peace and tranquility he hopes to find, though, is anything but, once he agrees to being accompanied by the only person he can find willing to join him on the trek - his long lost and former friend Katz, a down-on-his-luck serial philanderer who, after a lifetime of relying on his charm and wits to keep one step ahead of the law - sees the trip as a way to sneak out of paying some debts and sneak into one last adventure before its too late. The trouble is, the two have a completely different definition of the word, "adventure". Now they're about to find out that when you push yourself to the edge, the real fun begins. Written by Broad Green Pictures

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


When you push yourself to the edge, the real fun begins. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and some sexual references | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

2 September 2015 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A spasso nel bosco  »

Box Office


$8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$8,400,000 (USA) (4 September 2015)


$29,467,855 (USA) (27 November 2015)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Mary Ellen says Bryson's tent is a four-season and should have bought a three-season tent. Bryson and Steven argue that they are both three-season tents. In the movie, Bryson uses an REI arete ASL, which stands for all season light. So the tent he was using was in fact a 3-4 season tent and weighs a little over five pounds. See more »


Bryson's room has a photo of the Bill Bryson Library in Durham City and a framed certificate from the university. In reality the walk pre-dates Bryson's time at Durham (where he was chancellor of the university) by a decade. See more »


Catherine Bryson: Have you actually thought this through at all?
Bill Bryson: Of course not.
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Referenced in Half in the Bag: 2015 Re-Cap (So Far) (2015) See more »


I Just Want to Make Love to You
Written by Willie Dixon
Performed by Foghat
Courtesy of Bearsville Records Inc/Rhino Entertainment Company
By arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing
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User Reviews

WELL WORTH a Walk with Redford and Nolte
3 September 2015 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

I saw this film today. I will happily pay to see it again.

For the hour and 45 minutes or so that a group of strangers sat in the dark to view this story we were all comrades in arms:

The theater was filled with loud guffaws, howls and shrieks of laughter: Joyful foot stomping laughter! I was gasping for breath, helplessly laughing 'til my sides hurt.

It was refreshing to see a comedy that was well paced, brilliantly performed and offered a transcendent philosophy; a huge departure from the formulaic obscenities that Hollywood has churned out in the past 10 years.

This is a Gem: Redford and Nolte create a magnificent chemistry that begs a sequel. Emma Thompson, Mary Steenburgen, Ken Offerman and Kristen Schaal are terrific, artfully rounding out their characters with true craftsmanship.

Don't let 'professional' critics sway you, they get paid to write snarky reviews - go see this for yourselves, you won't regret it.

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Boring & flat mspieway
We wish they'd leave out the rated-R content...... bookme120
Loved the Film, But RR Looked Uncomfortable Doing Comedy Curmudgeon10
I thru hiked the AT this year (ama) sieso
Geography FAIL ralphgentile3
Emma Thompson too Young! muzzy-829-925469
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