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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:
REI Dave
Sam Bryson
TV Host
Young Hiker #1
Young Hiker #2
Gaia Wise ...


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?


The film cast includes three Oscar winners: Robert Redford, Emma Thompson and Mary Steenburgen; and one Oscar nominee: Nick Nolte. See more »


The postcards shown at the end of the movie from Katz are dated 2005, and in real life the hike was in the 1990s. Yet in the movie they stay at a motel with a sign that says "Founded in 1931," and Jeanine said her family has run the motel for 83 years. That would make the year 2014, nine years after Katz sent the postcards while on the trip. Also, the Daft Punk song Get Lucky came out in 2013. See more »


[after young guys offer to carry Bryson and Katz's backpacks across the water]
Bill Bryson: Nice guys.
Stephen Katz: Yep.
Bill Bryson: I hate 'em.
Stephen Katz: Me, too.
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Referenced in Half in the Bag: The Visit and Turbo Kid (2015) See more »


Get Lucky
Written by Thomas Bangalter, Guy-Manuel De Homem-Christo (as Guy-Manuel de Hoem), Nile Rodgers & Pharrell Williams
Performed by Kristen Schaal
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User Reviews

Hilarious! It's a 'Feel-GREAT' movie
5 September 2015 | by (California) – See all my reviews

I have NOT read the book...So the little 'incorrect' things or the little incongruities don't mean a thing to me. This movie is a delight to watch unfold. And soooo funny! I loved the contrast between Redford and Nolte, they really complimented each other; loved the unexpected people, and outrageous incidents. It was interesting to learn about the trail and trail-hiking--the hikers seem a special group of people. And it was interesting to learn about the problems of the forests, although I wonder what can be done about it (nothing stopped the American Chestnut blight). The scenery was beautiful--I would have liked even more shots. Best of all, however, was the hilarity. We all were holding our sides! Nolte was grand. Redford was elegant and refined. Emma Thompson is wonderful in every part she plays. And Mary Steenburgen is still so beautiful. It was good to see them all!

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Boring & flat mspieway
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