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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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Ben Stiller

Writers:

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 ... 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

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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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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Technically, LIFE magazine had two "last" issues. The last monthly issue was published May 20, 2000. The cover story, "Premature Baby" by Jason Michael Waldmann Jr., featured a picture of a tiny baby, born prematurely, held in someone's hands, connected to life-supporting tubes. The last printed issue was the supplement published April 20, 2007. The cover story, "21 Places You've Got To See To Believe-America's Hidden Treasures" featured a photo of the John F. Kennedy statue at President's Park, South Dakota. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Sean O'Connell: They call the snow leopard the ghost cat. Never lets itself be seen.
Walter Mitty: Ghost cat.
Sean O'Connell: Beautiful things don't ask for attention.
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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 »


Soundtracks

Step Out
Written by Theodore Shapiro and Craig Wedren
Performed by José González
Produced by George Drakoulias, Theodore Shapiro and Craig Wedren
José González performs courtesy of Imperial Recordings
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User Reviews

 
To see the world. To find each other and to feel. That is the purpose of life.
3 December 2013 | by filmgal14See 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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