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A Walk in the Woods (2015)

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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).

Director:

Ken Kwapis

Writers:

Michael Arndt (screenplay) (as Rick Kerb), Bill Holderman (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

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 ... Young Hiker #2
Gaia Wise ... Becca
Tucker Meek ... Grandson
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Storyline

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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This Labor Day, Take a Hike See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

The book "A Walk in the Woods" was optioned in 1998 as a project to team Robert Redford and Paul Newman together for the third time. However, years of hurdles getting this movie made and Newman's declining health before his death in 2008 ended the potential Redford and Newman reunion. Newman was intended for the role of Stephen Katz. See more »

Goofs

Bryson can be seen entering the laundromat with his clothes in a Mountain Hardwear Lamina 15 sleeping bag storage sack, but when Bryson awakes in the tent after hearing bears, we can see he is in a sleeping bag made by Big Agnes. See more »

Quotes

Stephen Katz: How do you know all this stuff?
Bill Bryson: Well, there are these things called books.
Stephen Katz: Oh, No kidding, they're called books?
Bill Bryson: Yeah, they're like TV for smart people.
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Connections

Referenced in Half in the Bag: The Visit and Turbo Kid (2015) See more »

Soundtracks

Tickin' Bomb
Written by Cary Ann Hearst & Michael Trent (as Michael Trent Robinson)
Performed by Shovels & Rope
Courtesy of Dualtone Music Group
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Relating in my 40's
1 February 2016 | by netsomniaSee 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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 September 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

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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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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