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The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013)

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When both he and a colleague are about to lose their job, Walter takes action by embarking on an adventure more extraordinary than anything he could have ever imagined.

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Ben Stiller

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Steve Conrad (screenplay by), Steve Conrad (screen story by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ben Stiller ... Walter Mitty
Kristen Wiig ... Cheryl Melhoff
Jon Daly ... Tim Naughton (as Jonathan C. Daly)
Kathryn Hahn ... Odessa Mitty
Terence Bernie Hines ... Gary Mannheim
Adam Scott ... Ted Hendricks
Paul Fitzgerald ... Don Proctor
Grace Rex ... Cheryl's Co-Worker
Alex Anfanger Alex Anfanger ... Ted's Toner Box Associate
Amanda Naughton Amanda Naughton ... Female Editor
Adrian Martinez ... Hernando
Nolan Carley Nolan Carley ... Western Union Employee
Joey Slotnick ... Retirement Home Administrator
Shirley MacLaine ... Edna Mitty
Gary Wilmes Gary Wilmes ... Walter's Dad
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Storyline

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

Taglines:

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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Details

Country:

USA | UK

Language:

English | Spanish | Icelandic

Release Date:

25 December 2013 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$90,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,765,508, 29 December 2013

Gross USA:

$58,236,838

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$188,133,322
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Runtime:

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

At one point, Ron Howard and Steven Spielberg were attached and wanted Kevin Anderson as Walter Mitty. See more »

Goofs

When Walter Mitty visits Sean O'Connell in the Himalayas, O'Connell uses an old Nikon F3/T camera with what appears to be a Nikon 400/2.8G lens attached. While it's technically possible to use that combination, the lens has no aperture ring and no way to set the aperture on that body. A professional photographer would not use this combination, especially if they preferred vintage equipment. See more »

Quotes

Cheryl: God, you're noteworthy!
Walter Mitty: I just live by the ABCs: Adventurous, Brave, Creative.
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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 »

Alternate Versions

The British theatrical version was pre-cut during post-production to secure a PG rating (an uncut 12 rating was available to the distributor). This version was the one released worldwide. See more »

Connections

Features The Smurfs (1981) See more »

Soundtracks

Dream
(uncredited)
Performed by José González
Courtesy of Universal Republic Records
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A film (not only but especially) for all daydreamers, searchers for meaning in life, and eccentrics...
5 November 2018 | by ellinmaraSee all my reviews

I am a fan of many fandoms and have seen many films which include elements of or are about fantasy, dreams, and/or imagination. But ever since The Secret Life of Walter Mitty came out, it has been my favorite film of all times. I can't quite say why this film appeals to me to such an extent. I suppose because I myself have spent a lot of time daydreaming about all kinds of stuff, and have, at times, felt a bit out of place in the world we live in. What I have found most enchanting about this film is just how very ordinary and relatable Walter Mitty is. And then he stumbles into this odd adventure... but it's not just your ordinary hero-on-quest, great-adventure story. It is so much deeper than that. Please watch this film! You won't regret it!


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