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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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Taglines:

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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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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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

During the beginning of their hike they run into Mary Ellen. She guesses that Bill Bryson was a Gemini. Bill tells her that he is actually a Leo. Robert Redford, who plays Bill, was born in August and is actually a Leo in real life. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

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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Connections

Referenced in Half in the Bag: 2015 Re-Cap (So Far) (2015) See more »

Soundtracks

So Hott
Written by Kid Rock (as Robert James Ritchie) & Marlon Ray Young
Performed by Kid Rock
Courtesy of Atlantic Recording Corp.
By arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing
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Read the book, watch the film then hike the trail.
6 August 2015 | by JPLeverich-1See all my reviews

Caught a screening of this movie in Salt Lake City. The Appalachian Trail Conservancy put it on. What a fun movie, Nolte is great in it!! I was quite surprised on how funny he was. Redford and Nolte make a good team. About time a Bryson book got up on the big screen. I wonder how much of an increase in foot traffic there will be on the AT after this movie gets released. I'm sure next summer will be quite a bit busier. If a movie makes me want to go to the location/s it takes place I count that as a great movie. If you are a fan of the book, actors, hiking, nature or have hiked the AT you should enjoy this one. Well worth the visit to the cinema.


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