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 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 ... 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 ... 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

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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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Trivia

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

Goofs

When Walter jumps from the helicopter to the water he's supposedly have his phone in his pants' pocket. There's no way a flip phone like the one shown several times could be submerged more than one minute and still functional. See more »

Quotes

Cheryl: I wanted to tell you, that song "Major Tom" and that beard guy... he doesn't know what he's talking about. That song is about courage and going into the unknown. It's a cool song.
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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

Featured in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #22.56 (2014) See more »

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Wake Up
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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"Beautiful things don't ask for attention."
10 October 2014 | by paraphernelicSee all my reviews

That one line Sean O'Connell said, describes the entire experience: beautiful.

What an awe-inspiring film with an incredibly motivational "motto" to go with it. I related to this so much; it had so much depth and realism that it was pure, unadulterated joy to watch.

Maybe it was that I wasn't expecting much or that I had something incredibly different pictured in my head but, whatever it was, it floored me completely.

For me, this film was a perfect blend of action, adventure, comedy, and romance, with a dash of slice-of-life to boot and make the concoction its own thing. I would gladly have it over and over again.

And do not get me started on the music and the visuals; absolutely sublime. What gorgeous cinematography, add to it beautiful vocals and decadent tunes, it becomes magic.


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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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2.39 : 1
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