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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

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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:

$13,000,000, 27 December 2013, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$58,236,838

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$188,133,322
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

When Walter enters the bar in Greenland, the song "Don't You Want Me" is playing as a karaoke song in the background. The song was also used to promote Zoolander 2 (2016) at Paris fashion week in 2015. See more »

Goofs

When Walter performs skateboard tricks in the park, the actor is quite clearly a stunt double. See more »

Quotes

Ted Hendricks: Never fun, this stage, but we do have ahead of us the privilege of publishing what will be the very last issue of Life magazine. We just received a telegram from Sean O'Connell, who has never been willing, I'm told, to speak with the executives here. Well, he broke his long silence and shared his thoughts with us through that old man... Sean O'Connell. I expect full consideration of negative 25 for cover. My most grand. The quintessence of life... what is that?
Ted's Toner Box Associate: Best. Highest.
Ted Hendricks: So our cover will ...
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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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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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11 December 2013 | by jt4See all my reviews

I have given this a "10" rating. There was one minor issue I had with the movie that would make it not quite that in my mind, but a "9" rating would be an injustice to this extraordinary film and, since I'm unable to give it a 9.75 or something like that, "10" it is.

This movie strikes an incredible balance between indy/art-house and Hollywood epic. The pathos of the main character is well-captured in subtle ways, as are the feelings of triumph when he is able to go beyond his own self-imposed limitations. The cinematography is extraordinary-- this is a drama that *must* be seen in theaters. I expect that most adults with any sensitivity at all will find this a highly satisfying experience that speaks to their very cores. My wife and I were privileged to see it in an advanced screening, and can't believe we have to wait another couple of weeks for the official release to go back and see it again.


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