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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.


Ken Kwapis


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


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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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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Release Date:

2 September 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A spasso nel bosco See more »


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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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


In the movie they cross Fontana Dam, it is hydroelectric & the tallest dam east of the Rockies at 480ft, 3 miles away from Fontana Village Resort & Marina, which offers lodging and cabin rentals and 13 miles from the Tail of the Dragon- a road with 318 curves in 11 miles. See more »


Bill's wife is named Catherine in the movie. In real life her name is Cynthia. Catherine is the name of one of their daughters. See more »


Stephen Katz: [about an amorous young couple] Holy shit. I wish I was still 20.
Bill Bryson: I wish I was still 50.
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Referenced in Half in the Bag: 2015 Re-Cap (So Far) (2015) See more »


Ends of the Earth
Written by Ben Schneider
Performed by Lord Huron
Courtesy of Iamsound Records
By arrangement with Terrorbird Media
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Nice Fun!
9 February 2016 | by namashi_1See all my reviews

Based on the 1998 book/memoir of the same name by Bill Bryson, 'A Walk in the Woods' is a sweet, simple & uncomplicated film, that turns out to be nice fun. Its also supremely well-acted, although that barely comes as a surprise, since the performers on-screen are legends.

'A Walk in the Woods' Synopsis: 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.

'A Walk in the Woods' is sweet look at age, adventure & friendship. Watching the senior protagonists go on a trip in the wilderness, offers moments of warmth & subtle humour. However, the film plays it safe at all times & hence it turns out be a good watch, but nothing memorable. Its harmless, but never remarkable.

Bill Holderman & Michael Arndt's Screenplay is nicely done. although its too simple in totality. Ken Kwapis's Direction is passable. Cinematography captures the wilderness well. Editing is sharp. Nathan Larson's Score is super.

Performance-Wise: Robert Redford & Nick Nolte are delightful. They create a fabulous on-screen camaraderie & carry the film on their ever-reliable shoulders. Emma Thompson shines in a brief role. Mary Steenburgen, however, is tiresomely typecast.

On the whole, 'A Walk in the Woods' is worth a watch.

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