A Walk in the Woods

A Walk in the Woods

Ken Kwapis (2015)

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Our Score
This warm, witty, woodsy addition to the "mature movie" genre sees Robert Redford as the ageing travel writer Bill Bryson, who takes a trek along the arduous Appalachian Trail on the east coast of America. Citing gruesome headlines of ill-fated hikers, his wife (Emma Thompson) forbids him to go, until his libidinous old pal Katz (Nick Nolte) - whose red-faced and crazy hair belies a blunt but no less lively intellect - offers himself as a trail buddy. The story is wry and sharply amusing and although director Ken Kwapis's style is conventional and commercial, he traps lightning in a bottle - that is, the tremendous chemistry between Redford and Nolte. Although the movie suffers from plodding interchanges, and shows a lack of cinematic bravura for some of America's most spectacular scenery, Redford and Nolte are genuinely hilarious together. No Marigold Hotel with pine-cones: this comedy is deeper, funnier, better.


A travel writer decides to hike the Appalachian Trail, a 2,200-mile journey through some of America's most rugged terrain. However, the only companion he can find for his exhibition is a roguish old friend, who sees it as an opportunity to get out of paying his debts. Fact-based drama adapted from Bill Bryson's travel book, starring Robert Redford, Nick Nolte and Emma Thompson.

Cast & Crew

Bill Bryson Robert Redford
Stephen Katz Nick Nolte
Catherine Bryson Emma Thompson
Jeannie Mary Steenburgen
Mary Ellen Kristen Schaal
Sam Bryson R Keith Harris
Beulah Susan McPhail
Donna Hayley Lovitt
Darren Linds Edwards
REI Dave Nick Offerman
Director Ken Kwapis
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Entertainment OneGuidance: SwearingAvailable on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 18 Sep 2015