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A Walk in the Woods (2015)

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A Walk in the Woods is a movie starring Robert Redford, Nick Nolte, and Emma Thompson. 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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Richard Linklater was previously attached to direct. See more »


When the two hikers are crossing the dam, there are four consecutive shots, in each of which the men are at about the same spot. They keep approaching the curve in the dam, but they never quite get there. See more »


Bill Bryson: We weren't even close, were we?
Stephen Katz: What are you talking about? We did it, Bryson.
Bill Bryson: We never even laid eyes on Mount Katahdin.
Stephen Katz: Another mountain? How many mountains do you need to see?
Bill Bryson: That's one way of looking at it.
Stephen Katz: The only way of looking at it. As far as I'm concerned, we walked the Appalachian Trail. We walked it in the heat, we walk it in the snow, we walked it until our feet bled. We hiked the Appalachian Trail, Bryson.
Bill Bryson: Maybe you're right.
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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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Hilarious! It's a 'Feel-GREAT' movie
5 September 2015 | by See 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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