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A Walk in the Woods (2015)

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After spending two decades in England, Bill Bryson 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.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Bill Bryson
... Stephen Katz
... Catherine Bryson
... Jeannie
... REI Dave
... Mary Ellen
... Sam Bryson
... TV Host
... Donna
... Darren
... Beulah
... Young Hiker #1
... Young Hiker #2
Gaia Wise ... Becca
... Grandson


In this new comedy adventure, celebrated travel writer, Bill Bryson, instead of retiring to enjoy his loving and beautiful wife, and large and happy family, challenges himself to hike the Appalachian Trail - 2,200 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 Katz, 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 edge, the real fun begins. Written by Broad Green Pictures

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

2 September 2015 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A spasso nel bosco  »


Box Office


$8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,400,000, 6 September 2015, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$29,467,855, 29 November 2015
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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Larry Charles was also previously attached to direct. See more »


The room number Redford went in was 122 (left) and Nolte went in 121 on the right. After Nolte's trouble with Beulah's husband, Redford was pounding on room 123, and 122 was still on the left. See more »


Bill Bryson: Why don't you go out and talk to the guy, huh? I'm sure he's reasonable.
Stephen Katz: That's your plan?
Bill Bryson: [chuckling] I don't need a plan. I'm not being chased.
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Referenced in Half in the Bag: 2015 Re-Cap (So Far) (2015) See more »


I Don't Care (Just As Long As You Love Me)
Written by Buck Owens
Performed by Dwight Yoakam
Courtesy of New West Records, LLC
By arrangement with Sugaroo!
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Relating in my 40's
1 February 2016 | by See all my reviews

Although the characters portrayed are probably older than me, I could relate to aspects of combining nature, friendship, and fresh air that goes along with hiking anywhere. I am an outdoors-man and I knew I would like this movie like I did, simply because of the hiking, camping, and philosophical air. Of course, the actors made the movie even more enjoyable for me as I thought about past entertainments from this crown and began to remember how they made me laugh in the past and take life in strides and enjoy. I recommend watching this movie simply to inspire people to step out of their normal routines once in while, get a level set, and remember to enjoy life versus stress over it all of the time.

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