A Walk in the Woods

A Walk in the Woods

DVD - 2015
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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.
Publisher: [United States] : Big Walk Productions, 2015
Edition: Widescreen edition
Copyright Date: ©2015
Branch Call Number: DVD WALK 1DISC
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (approximately 104 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
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Nov 25, 2019

This was a pretty good movie! It was funny but also had serious moments and neither of them was overpowered by the other. Beautiful shots of the Appalachian Trail as well.

Aug 02, 2019

Excellent performances by both Nick Nolte and Robert Redford give Bill Bryson's story a life of its own. The two have a good chemistry on screen.

Nov 01, 2018

I was disappointed in this movie. Robert Redford never seemed to figure out who his character really was or why the man would want to do something so difficult. Nothing of the inner man came through. What were his values? When he pauses in hiking to gaze at the scenery, what 's he thinking? That his feet hurt? That he fears for the survival of the planet? Why does he suddenly propose that they go home?
He brags at one point that he finishes what he starts, apparently wanting to put Nolte's character in his place. But that is clearly not true.
The movie comes across as not having been very well thought out.
Nolte CAN be a good actor and can show his inner thoughts -- I think of "Prince of Tides" for example. But nothing about him was even interesting in this movie. On the one hand he is portrayed as a loser who never did anything worthwhile in his whole life. He's fat, he drinks too much, he's disorganized, and messy. And yet he keeps up with Redford throughout the trip. He somehow buys all the necessary equipment for the hike. As expensive as it is, where'd he get the money? He walks like someone with injured legs and sore feet, but he keeps up with Redford's character.
It all comes too easily for them. What did Bryson/Redford learn on the hike that he didn't already know?
Emma Thompson is delightful in her little part, but she's almost too much talent for it. Of the three of them, she's the only one I would have liked to sit down and talk with. The two men just don't seem to offer much.
I was glad for the scenes and views of the southern part of the Trail, as I'd only ever seen the northern part. It is certainly beautiful. Other than that, I can't recommend the movie.

ArapahoeJillA Sep 18, 2018

A funny, moving film based on a book by Bill Bryson. The scenery is wonderful and the actors were great choices for their roles. Hiking is not my thing, but watching others do it is enjoyable indeed.

Jun 09, 2018

Nick Nolte’s finest hour! I’m from Des Moines, IA, and I love my fellow Iowan, BIll Bryson (if you haven’t read “The Life and TImes of the Thunderbolt Kid”, check it out immediately!). Anyway, typical Bryson humor goes from page to screen, with appropriate references for those us who share the Iowa background! Very funny scenes -great actors in all roles!

JCLMargaretO Jun 05, 2018

One of the few times I've actually thought a movie was nearly as good as the book. Robert Redford and Nick Nolte do a fantastic job of portraying the range of trials and emotions that would have to come with such an undertaking. Funny, realistic, entertaining and educational, I loved this movie.

May 08, 2018

A nice light comedy of a writer heading off for a hike on part of the Appalachian Trial, to full fill a need. Concern for his age, he takes a walking buddy along for the adventure.
Bonus material was not much worthwhile, except for perhaps a minute of Robert Redford's PSA for the concern of keeping this trail as pristine as possible.

ArapahoeJanetH Apr 19, 2018

I enjoyed this movie and found it to be quite humorous. I would recommend it to older people. Based on the book "A Walk in the Woods" by Bill Bryson.

Mar 27, 2018

A really fun movie....and it should be G rated.

Jan 03, 2018

I thoroughly enjoyed this movie. It's based on a true story and stars Robert Redford and Nick Nolte. As a Baby Boomer, I loved their banter and expressions. The scenery was beautiful.

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Apr 06, 2016

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

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.

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.

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.
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.

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.
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.”

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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