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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.

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 Gaia Wise ... Becca
Tucker Meek ... Grandson
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Storyline

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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When you push yourself to the edge, the real fun begins. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 September 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A spasso nel bosco See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$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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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The Appalachian Trail runs from Georgia to Maine and is over 2180 miles long. It passes through 14 states and is maintained by volunteers and the Appalachian Trail Conservancy. See more »

Goofs

The postcards shown at the end of the movie from Katz are dated 2005, and in real life the hike was in the 1990s. Yet in the movie they stay at a motel with a sign that says "Founded in 1931," and Jeanine said her family has run the motel for 83 years. That would make the year 2014, nine years after Katz sent the postcards while on the trip. Also, the Daft Punk song Get Lucky came out in 2013. See more »

Quotes

[last lines]
Stephen Katz: [on a postcard to Bill] Never buy underpants for a woman you don't know.
Stephen Katz: [on a postcard to Bill] Fuckers still didn't get me.
Stephen Katz: [on a postcard to Bill] Bryson, just wondering, what's next?
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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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Hilarious! It's a 'Feel-GREAT' movie
5 September 2015 | by mdreser44See all my reviews

I have NOT read the book...So the little 'incorrect' things or the little incongruities don't mean a thing to me. This movie is a delight to watch unfold. And soooo funny! I loved the contrast between Redford and Nolte, they really complimented each other; loved the unexpected people, and outrageous incidents. It was interesting to learn about the trail and trail-hiking--the hikers seem a special group of people. And it was interesting to learn about the problems of the forests, although I wonder what can be done about it (nothing stopped the American Chestnut blight). The scenery was beautiful--I would have liked even more shots. Best of all, however, was the hilarity. We all were holding our sides! Nolte was grand. Redford was elegant and refined. Emma Thompson is wonderful in every part she plays. And Mary Steenburgen is still so beautiful. It was good to see them all!


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