Based on the 1998 novel of the same name by Bill Bryson A Walk In The Woods is something of a labour of love for Robert Redford. When Redford purchased the
film rights it was with the intention of teaming up with his old pal Paul Newman for a third time. Sadly Newman died before they had the chance to film it
and the story was put on the back burner by Redford.
Redford obviously felt that the time was right to film the novel and in Newman's place we now have Nick Nolte who plays Stephen Katz opposite Redford's
After having spent some time in England where he met his wife Catherine (Emma Thompson) Bryson has returned to America where he has set up home in New
England. After attending a funeral and realising that he isn't getting any younger he has something of a midlife crisis. It’s whilst out walking alone near
his home that he finds out that The Appalachian Trail passes near his home. It's then against the better advice of his family that he decides that he's
going to attempt walk from its southern most point in Georgia to its southern most point in Maine, a distance of some 2000 miles.
Forbidden by his fretting wife to walk the trial alone Bryson must find a companion to walk the trial with him. After being rebuffed by numerous friends,
who all think that he'll be eaten by a bear, he receives a phone call from a long lost friend, Stephen Katz (Nolte).
However when the pair meet at the airport things don't look so great as Katz, who is a recovering alcoholic, struggles to walk from the aircraft to the
The two old duffers then set of on their quest but find it’s not as easy going as they thought, a group of preschool Boy Scouts go racing by them.
Needless to say as the pensioners meander their way along the trail they meet various people, some they want to meet, like Mary Steenburgen's inn keeper
who takes something of a fancy to Bryson when the pair stay overnight at her Motel, others they try and avoid, like the husband of a somewhat large woman
that Katz has a fling with after meeting over dirty laundry in a laundrette.
Spending over five months together to pair grow closer and closer, warming up to each other the further that they march on.
A Walk In The Woods is an easy going watch that is peppered with some laugh out loud moments. Redford and Nolte are in great form and make what could have
been a boring walk with two pensioners into a trip that's highly enjoyable and thoroughly recommended.