A Walk in the Woods

A Walk in the Woods

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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, when the only person he can find willing to join him on the trek is his long-lost former friend Katz, a down-on-his-luck serial philanderer.
Edition: Widescreen.
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (approximately 134 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.

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jacinthabrown
Sep 13, 2017

While 'A Walk in the Woods' does not even attempt to explore the deeper dramatic territory expertly traversed by 'Wild', 'Into the Wild' and 'The Way', it is a witty comedy that you can lose yourself in while the world around you takes itself too seriously. Robert Redford and Nick Nolte look as craggy as some of the terrain but they deliver on the goods with witty dialogue and comedic timing.

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lakeland53
Aug 13, 2017

This was a very enjoyable film to me. Two guys, not so young guys, either, decide it's time to go on a small hike together.
Robert Redford & Nick Nolte are older now, and it was really pleasure to see these two cast as the characters who go on their hike. Some very funny dialogue too. Made me laugh a lot because of the funny situations they get themselves into. But more funny because of what they are doing for adventure at this stage of their life. It's very well written and produced. Worth the watch.

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firefly5
Jul 16, 2017

Delightful movie. Laugh-out-loud funny, thought provoking and a time for reflection. Two friends, who lost contact with each other and have reconnected, hike the Appalachian Trail. Age and physical limitations play a large part in their time together. If you have ever had a friend you have lost contact with, a goal you have tried to achieve or physical limits that make reaching your goal difficult, you will love this movie. Even if none of those things apply, this is a thoroughly enjoyable movie.

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Jodi13
Apr 20, 2017

Not great, but not awful. One of those movies you could watch while doing something else and not miss much.

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jeffi22
Apr 19, 2017

not as good as the book but not horrible like some people said. Just kind of boring and since I read the book first, already knew everything that was going to happen. No real laugh out loud moments. I don't think it was miscast - they are not supposed to be young and athletic!

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voisjoe1_0
Apr 09, 2017

For Redford and Nolte completist fans only. I decided to watch it just to see if these two actors had any gas left in the tank. Well maybe they do, but I found little in this film.

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KeithCos
Feb 28, 2017

Actually after reading the comments, I expected to be disappointed. Yes, it's not the book. Bill Bryson is a great writer and the book is well worth reading. However, the film stands alone if you lower your expectations, as it is funny and pleasant to watch. It is easy viewing for a rainy evening's entertainment.

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hodag1959
Feb 01, 2017

Totally miss cast from the book - these two (Redford & Nolte) are more suited for hikes around the old folks home than the Appalachian trail. I have seen the movie and read the book. The book was soooo good - I totally recommend reading the book rather than watching this movie.

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graybear1
Nov 17, 2016

With Redford & Nolte I expected a better movie. Their talents were mostly wasted but also elevated the movie to just watchable rather than awful. I didn't read the book, but perhaps it is readers with a fond memory that are giving it good reviews. It's not awful or anything, but a comedy should encourage you to laugh more than once.

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Kerry705_SPL
Nov 02, 2016

Redford & Nolte have never been better.

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thebritlass
Apr 06, 2016

Bryson - "Books...TV for smart people."

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jimg2000
Mar 11, 2016

Katz: You think there's anyone else on Earth looking up at the sky and seeing as many stars as we are?
Bryson: I don't know
Katz: I gotta be looking at a million.
Bryson: The naked eye can see 2,000.
Katz: Well, then I really got great eyes 'cause I'm looking at a million.
Bryson: Alpha Centauri's the closest. That's four and a half light years away.
Katz: Four and a half? That's not bad.
Bryson: Each light year is six trillion miles, so that's...twenty six trillion miles.
Katz: Twenty-six trillion. That's the closest?
Bryson: Yep. And there's one hundred billion stars in our galaxy. There's more galaxies in the universe
than there are grains of sand on earth.
Katz: That is big.
Bryson: And we are small.

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jimg2000
Mar 11, 2016

Bryson: God, all I've done is write forewords for books for the last four and a half years. I should have just retired. Catherine was right, what the hell am I trying to prove?
Katx: Women love a felony record. Maybe not up in New Hampshire, where you are. But in Des Moines,
it would have served me well.
Bryson: Do you just get to the point where it's all about ailments, and medications, and funerals, and who's being diagnosed with what, and everyone's just waiting around for the end.
...
Katz: How long does it take a body to decompose?
Bryson: Well, you don't have to worry. You're so chock-full of preservatives, you'll be on this ledge forever.

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jimg2000
Mar 11, 2016

Bryson: As John Muir once said, "Sometimes a man just has to "get a loaf of bread and throw it into a sack, and jump over the back fence."
Katz: Oh, I got you. Life's a little too perfect inside that fence, huh?
Bryson: No, no, no...
Katz: Oh, you made sense, Bryson. You're a caged animal. You wanna get back into that forest. Live a little.
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Katz: You know, Bryson, I still dream about Amorina. You remember her?
Bryson: Oh, God, can't forget a girl like that. You know guys like us aren't supposed to meet women named Amorina. Disturbs the natural order.
Katz: Still the best boobs I've ever seen, and I've seen a lot of boobs, Bryson.
Bryson: Yeah, I'll bet.
Katz: Hey, you remember her sister?
Bryson: Oh, God, that poor girl. They couldn't have been sisters.
Katz: If you're going to be ugly, you better be funny. And if you're ugly and you're not funny, you better have money. And if you're zero for three, you better be slutty.
Bryson: She was.

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jimg2000
Mar 11, 2016

Mary (cont'd:) I was like, "Mary Ellen, who's the only person you know "who doesn't mess up?" and it's like, me. I went through this person, it was, like, dumb. That person, boring. This person, dumb. Dumb, dumb. Boring, boring. I know what you're thinking. I'm not married.
-I wonder why?
Mary: Well, I do have a boyfriend, but he's in Florida and he's in prison. even if he wasn't because you can't trust a convict, and he's dumb. And boring, actually.
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From book:
“You know what your problem is?” she was saying. “Pardon my French, but you’re too fat.” Katz looked at her in quiet wonder. “Excuse me?” “You’re too fat. You should have lost weight before you came out here. Shoulda done some training, ’cause you could have like a serious, you know, heart thing out here.” “Heart thing?” “You know, when your heart stops and you like, you know, die.” “Do you mean a heart attack?” “That’s it.”

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jimg2000
Mar 11, 2016

Mary: How many miles did you guys do today?
Bryson: Around 10.
Mary: Ten? Oh, you must be really out of shape. I did fourteen-two. Started at Gooch Gap.
Bryson: Well, so did we. And it's eight point four.
Mary: No.
Bryson: It is. It's eight point four.
Mary: Excuse me. But I think I ought to know. I just walked it.
Bryson: So did we. And it's eight point four.
Mary: Tomato, to-mah-to. You know what your problem is? You're too fat.
Katz:Excuse me?
Mary: You should have dropped some of that tonnage before you hit the trail head. I mean, you're liable to have some sort of serious heart thing out here. And so I just walk alone, because everybody I know is boring. I'm the only person I know who doesn't bore myself to death. Also, if I walked with someone else, I'd have to watch them make, you know, mistake after mistake after mistake, and I'd go crazy, and then I'd not be sane on the trail, you know?

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