After spending two decades in England, Bill Bryson (Robert Redford) 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, Stephen Katz (Nick Nolte).

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Ken Kwapis

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Michael Arndt (screenplay) (as Rick Kerb), Bill Holderman (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Redford ... Bill Bryson
Nick Nolte ... Stephen Katz
Emma Thompson ... Catherine Bryson
Mary Steenburgen ... Jeannie
Nick Offerman ... REI Dave
Kristen Schaal ... Mary Ellen
R. Keith Harris ... Sam Bryson
Randall Newsome ... TV Host
Hayley Lovitt ... Donna
Linds Edwards ... Darren
Susan McPhail ... Beulah
Andrew Vogel ... Young Hiker #1
Derek Krantz Derek Krantz ... Young Hiker #2
Gaia Wise ... Becca
Tucker Meek ... Grandson
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In this new comedy adventure, celebrated travel writer, Bill Bryson (Robert Redford), instead of retiring to enjoy his loving and beautiful wife, Catherine (Dame Emma Thompson), and large and happy family, challenges himself to hike the Appalachian Trail - two thousand two hundred 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 Stephen Katz (Nick Nolte), 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 ... Written by Broad Green Pictures

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Rated R for language and some sexual references | See all certifications »

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Robert Redford claimed that while he and Nick Nolte did not in real life hike much of the Appalachian Trail during filming, they did walk miles per day in steps due to having to film shots of walking the same ground over and over for different takes. See more »

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When Bryson and Katz arrive in the bunkhouse, a fellow hiker strikes up a conversation with Bryson. We see Bryson set down his pack next to a bunk bed with only a mattress and a pillow on the top bunk, then the camera momentarily switches to the hiker. When the camera switches back to Bryson, Katz's sleeping bag has noiselessly arrived on the top bunk. See more »

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Catherine Bryson: Have you actually thought this through at all?
Bill Bryson: Of course not.
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Referenced in Half in the Bag: The Visit and Turbo Kid (2015) See more »

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Brother
Written by Ben Schneider
Performed by Lord Huron
Courtesy of Iamsound Records
By arrangement with Terrorbird Media
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Over the hills & thru the Woods..
2 September 2015 | by peggyatthemoviesSee all my reviews

A Walk in the Woods is essentially a two-hander piece between Robert Redford's Bill Bryson, a traveling writer who teams up with his old companion Stephen Katz (Nick Nolte) for a hike along the 2,000 mile- plus Appalachian Trail. Bryson is a sarcastically funny cynic who has his life in a certain order that has become mundane for him, whereas Katz is a grumpy recovering alcoholic who still tries to re-live and remain in his more youthful days. Their contrasts can appear a tad caricature like, but their acting ability, charm, and on-screen chemistry binds the film together well.

Its a nice witty, little jaunt of a film and while some could be of the opinion that Redford might have wanted to make a bit of an environmental statement here (I disagree), Nolte keeps us entertained all through till the end. Seeing Emma Thompson is always a delight as Redford's wife Catherine Bryson, but it's truly Kristen Schaal as Mary Ellen, the annoying, obnoxious fellow traveler whom talks endlessly and knows all, that brings the most to her small, albeit scene stealing role.

As you might expect, yes there are a few lullsy moments throughout the film but A Walk in the Woods is no Wild nor does it try to be.. it's more 'The Odd Couple' on a roadtrip – buddy type film with Redford as Felix and Nolte as Oscar. It's a safe bet that will appeal to a older audience, though they might be a bit surprised with some of the language by these two wonderful actors and while very sweet..I would definitely put it in the category of "sweet & nice" which is a perfectly okay way to spend a few hours!!

Grade: C

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Release Date:

2 September 2015 (USA) See more »

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Budget:

$8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,246,267, 6 September 2015

Gross USA:

$29,504,281

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$37,461,274
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