Walk in the Woods
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Robert Redford & Nick Nolte star as old friends who make the improbable decision to hike the 2,200 mile Appalachian Trail, and that is when the fun begins. Based on Bill Bryson's bestseller, the movie co-stars Emma Thompson, Mary Steenburgen, Nick Offerman & Kristen Schaal.
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So, what's so great about this movie? It touched me in all the right ways: humor, the trials of aging, taking on "hopeless" challenges, and the positive feel of a good ol' "buddy" movie. Nick Nolte is hilarious as Katz and Redford is terrific in his usual under-stated way as Bryson. The secondary characters all add value. And, as other reviewers alluded, the Appalachian Trail plays itself very well. Is it faithful to the book? No, but I'm fine with that even though I loved the book (many actual backpackers do not because they feel Bryson wasn't faithful to their cult). I believe the movie was true to the spirit of the book and backpacking; that was enough for me.
My wife also loved the movie and she neither backpacks nor is as faithful a Redford fan as I. She described it as "hilarious in spots; moving in others." She now asks me when my hiking partner and I head for our annual AT trek, "which one of you is Katz?" I think she also relates to Emma Thompson's wife portrayal (at least I think she wants me back alive from each trip. . . ).
Since other reviewers gave details of the movie, where it veered from the book, etc., I'll close with how to determine if you are "right" to watch or buy this film:
1) if you love the outdoors and/or hiking/backpacking, I think you'll enjoy it;
2) if you're a "baby boomer", you should get a kick out of the "older guys taking on a ridiculous challenge," theme;
3) if you are fan of Redford, Nolte (put on your seatbelt), or Emma Thompson (one of my favorites), you should like it;
4) if you are devoted to buddy movies, this is a classic off-beat version.
If for no other reason than to teach Hollywood the value of diversity, see this movie.
when being interviewed he is asked why he'd never written any material on America....well, this must have played on
his mind some, he comes up with the idea of trekking the Appalachian-Trail a 2200 mile walk through unspoilt countryside
running from Georgia to Maine.
Well, 'Bill' is far from being a youngster, his wife 'Catherine' (Emma Thompson) and indeed his children are to say the least
very much against the idea, but, realizing there was no reasoning with her husband 'Catherine' insists that he must not make
the trip alone hoping no-one he knows will be up for the 6-month trek
'Catherine' even leaves adverse literature about things that have happened to others on the trail, however he's not deterred.
'Bill' asks many friends to join him on his venture, no-one accepts the challenge, but, old friend 'Stephen Katz' (Nick Nolte) a
down on his luck philanderer gets to hear about the venture and volunteers to join 'Bill' on the walk.
Well, they haven't always got along in truth, however though 'Bill' has misgivings, the fact nobody else is willing to join him
on his venture he agree's to have 'Katz' along.....
The Trek begins - A journey during which they will meet many diverse characters, encounter extreme weather patterns, even
experience life threatening situations, more importantly perhaps they will rekindle a friendship they once had and though
lost after a falling out some years back.....can these ol-guys complete a 2200 mile trek ??
A very different film, not to be compared with the film 'Wild'
The film offers stunning scenery as the two very different characters walk the trail along with several genuine laugh-out-loud
Definitely worthy of a watch.
Both 'Robert Redford' and 'Nick Nolte' have made many memorable films down the years, myself, i remember 'Nick Nolte' for
his role as 'Tom Jordach' in Rich Man Poor Man a 70's TV Drama-Series - Robert Redford for his role as the 'Sundance Kid' in
'Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid' (1969)
A Walk in The Woods - The Appalachian Trail
A Walk in The Woods - Take a Hike with A Legendary Cast
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