The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

Synopsis: The manager of the negative assets sector of Life magazine, Walter Mitty, has been working for sixteen years for the magazine and has a tedious life, not going anywhere but from his home to his job and vice-versa. He is an escapist, daydreaming into a world of fantasy many times a day. Walter has a crush on the recently hired Cheryl Melhoff but he is too shy to invite her on a date and he is trying to contact her via online dating. The magazine is preparing to release its last printed edition and the loathsome manager of transition Ted Hendricks is preparing an inevitable downsizing over the next few days. Walter has been the liaison between the magazine and the mysterious independent photographer Sean O'Connell who has sent to him a package of negatives and a wallet as a gift for his work. Sean also suggests to the senior management the use of negative 25 for the cover of the last edition. However, Walter cannot find the negative that is missing. Walter has no means to contact Sean an
Director(s): Ben Stiller
Production: 20th Century Fox
  5 wins & 18 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
114 min


Hi! Todd Mahar, eHarmony.

How can I help you today?

Hi. I can't seem to leave

a wink for someone.

I don't know, is my page broken?

Do I maybe have

a broken page, or...

I've never heard

of that, but, okay.

You're trying to use your eHarmony

account for the first time?

I am.


I'm looking at your profile.

We have a pretty intricate

matching algorithm.

That's what distinguishes us from

other online dating services.

Yeah, I like that.

Actually, I'm just trying to

leave a wink for one person.

Cheryl Melhoff.

She started in my division

at work about a month ago...

and I overheard her near the bagels

saying she was on your site.

Okay, that's unique.

But let me ask you.

You left a lot of this stuff...

like the "Been There, Done That"

section, you left it blank.

Yeah, I think I skipped it.

Okay, you got to

help me out here, man.

Don't skip stuff.

Okay, well, I haven't really been

anywhere noteworthy

or mentionable.

Have you done anything

noteworthy, mentionable?

Hello, you still there?

Can you hang on a second?

Go, go, go!

Get out! Get out!

She's gonna blow! Go! Go!


Over here!

Chips! Thank you!

How did you know

about the building?

I heard barking,

thought I smelled gas.

I hope it's okay.

I engineered

a prosthesis for Chips

while I was sprinting

down the stairwell.

A little hip-joint assembly

with a drop-ring lock and

an anterior pelvic band.

God, you're noteworthy!

I just live by the ABC's:

Adventurous, Brave, Creative.

That's everything I want in a man.

My man?

Hey, my man, you still there?


What? Did you

pass out or...

No, I just like,

zoned out for a second.

Okay. Do you do that a lot?

Normal amount, I guess.

Yeah, I got to run. Sorry.

Okay, but we need a lot more...

Hey. Bad day to be late.

We just got acquired.


Yeah, over the weekend.

Walter! Happy birthday!


He's 42 years old!


What are you doing here?

Mom made you your

favorite clementine cake.

Aren't you supposed to be

at the retirement place

with her getting the

piano moved in?

Yes, I was there.

It's like halfway done...

piano's out of the van, it's on

the street, everything's fine.

But I just got a phone

call about a really

big audition,

so can you go finish it?

No, I can't. I'm late.

Walter, I...

I don't think you're seeing

this from what I need.

What do you need?

I need to be Rizzo in Grease.

I don't understand that.

My audition! Rizzo!


Rizzo! She's tough and tender!

Do me a favor, please.

Make sure Mom's piano gets moved

in all the way. All right?

Don't go to Rizzo!

Oh, thanks, Walter.

Happy birthday!

Guess what?

We just got acquired.

Yeah, I heard.

Yeah, there's gonna be changes.

Downsizing of us into some kind

of dot-com thing, possibly.

I wonder how this thing goes down,

how the transition's

gonna play out.

I could probably tell you.

Ted Hendricks, managing

director of the transition.

Hey. Tim Naughton.


Gary Mannheim, graphic design.

And what do you do, cake man?

Oh, uh...

The cake's just for today.

I'm not a cake man.

I do...

I deal dirctly...


Directly with LIFE's

photo units...

I'm sorry, I was really

getting into this song

and I stopped listening to you.

I was saying, you know who

looks good in a beard?

Dumbledore, not you.



What do you do?

I'm a negative asset manager.

Worth the wait.

Mind over matter



Feeling tough?

Feeling good.

Well, got to make

some tough calls ahead.

You been here before, yeah?

Yeah, so this is it, huh?

Yeah, the "house of pictures. "

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