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The Secret Life of Walter Mitty Movie Quotes

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"The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" movie quotes follow the adventures in this fantasy movie where one man goes on a trip of a lifetime. The drama film was adapted into a screenplay by Steve Conrad and is the second film based on the 1939 short story by James Thurber. Ben Stiller directed the movie, which he also stars in, which opened on December 25, 2013.

In "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty," the title character, portrayed by Ben Stiller, works at LIFE magazine but has done little else with his life except daydream about exciting adventures and romance. When he's unable to use an online dating site to wink at his love interest, coworker Cheryl Melhoff (Kristen Wiig), because of his lack of life experiences, along with the loss of a needed photo slide for the final cover of the magazine, Walter sets out for an adventure of a lifetime.

In search of the photographer of the missing photo, Walter travels across the world and experiences things he could only ever dream of. Between a hungry shark as he floats in a cold ocean to an erupting volcano, Walter seeks out the exciting life experiences he was lacking. But there's still one thing he wants in life, the girl. Adam Scott, Sean Penn, Shirley MacLaine, Patton Oswalt and Kathryn Hahn co-star in the film.

"Walter Mitty" joins theaters for the holiday 2013 season alongside other movies such as "Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues" "Her," "American Hustle," "Saving Mr. Banks," "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug," "Dallas Buyers Club," "Inside Llewyn Davis," "Out of the Furnace," "The Last Days on Mars," "12 Years a Slave," "Frozen," "Oldboy," "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire," "Delivery Man," "Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas," "Ender's Game, "The Counselor," "Captain Phillips," "Gravity," "Don Jon," "Rush, and "Prisoners".
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    Through Yemen

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    TSA Officer: "How'd you get to Afghanistan?"
    Walter Mitty: "Through Yemen"
    TSA Officer: "Violent place"
    Walter Mitty: "They's why the airfare is only $84."

    Clearly a travel rookie, Walter travels to Afghanistan through a very dangerous Yemen and attracts the attention of the TSA. But hey, at least he got a good deal.
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    Todd from EHarmony

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    Walter Mitty: "Hello"
    Todd Maher: "Hey, what's up?"
    Walter Mitty: "Todd, from eHarmony?"
    Todd Maher: "Yeah, yeah, what's up, man?"
    Walter Mitty: "Uh, not much. How have you been?"
    Todd Maher: "It's early here. I just got up, man. I was thinking about you."
    Walter Mitty: "Where are you?"
    Todd Maher: "Los Angeles. Hey uh so your profile still hasn't received any winks even though I put that you've been to Phoenix."
    Walter Mitty: "Oh, I jumped out of a helicopter yesterday into the ocean and had a shark bite."
    Todd Maher: "Uh, yeah, yeah, listen, I was mentioning before, people who daydream too much, they're not…"
    Walter Mitty: "No, it was real. I really did."
    Todd Maher: "Really? I'll put down adrenaline junkie. What kind of a shark? Was it a…"
    Walter Mitty: "Hey, Todd, I can't really talk right now. I'm on my way to a volcano."
    Todd Maher: "What the?"

    Todd, the customer service representative from eHarmony, calls to check up on Walter after trying to enhance his boring and blank online dating profile. While Todd doesn't believe it at first, Walter is out living the world, bicycling to a volcano in fact, and can't talk right then.
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    Ground Control to Major Tom

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    Cheryl Melhoff: "Hi!"
    Walter Mitty: "Hi"
    Cheryl Melhoff: "How was your weekend?"
    Female TIME Employee: "I had an awesome weekend! … So what'd you do this weekend"
    Cheryl Melhoff: "Um, let's see. I bathed in Arctic mountain water while my Latin lover recited verse to me."
    Female TIME Employee: "Sly!"
    Cheryl Melhoff: "I know. Actually, I waited for my refrigerator repairman who never came."
    Female TIME Employee: "So sorry. I'm going to call you later."
    Cheryl Melhoff: "Okay"
    [Walter's daydream begins as he breaks out of snowy picture as a mountain man]
    Walter Mitty: "The ice, yes, she moves like a woman. I'm Walter… Mitty."
    Cheryl Melhoff: "Cheryl… Melhoff. Where have you been?"
    Walter Mitty: "Chasing the limits of the human spirit."
    Cheryl Melhoff: "I'd like to climb your hair, test that out."
    Walter Mitty: "Perhaps I can contact you, possibly through my poetry falcon."
    Cheryl Melhoff: "Poetry falcon, I like that."
    [back in the office]
    Ted Hendricks: "Do you think if I hit him with a paperclip, would he move?"
    Male TIME Employee: "I don't know. Do it."
    Other Male TIME Employee: "Oh, hello, here you go."
    Male TIME Employee: "I actually threw a toner box at him once."
    Ted Hendricks: "And did he move?"
    Male TIME Employee: "No, I missed."
    Ted Hendricks: "That's a great story." [to Walter] "Ground control to Major Tom. Can you hear me Major Tom?" [throws paperclip] "Oh! Wow! Moving on…"

    After Walter is snubbed by coworker and love interest Cheryl, he imagines romancing her as a tough mountain man. His fantasy is however interrupted by his boss who flings a paperclip at him.
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  • 4

    Zoned Out

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    Edna Mitty: "What do you call it when he goes into one of his little places?"
    Odessa Mitty: "Oh, zoned out"
    Edna Mitty: "You do that now and then. What's the matter?"
    Walter Mitty: "I lost a picture."

    Walter's mom, Edna, points out that Walter often zones out in his little dream worlds, noting that it's not really normal. Walter soon explains what's on his mind, namely, a missing photo.
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