Embracing the Appalachian Trail at Theaters With Bill Bryson's 'A Walk in the Woods'
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“A Walk in the Woods” opens Labor Day weekend, bringing a classic travel tale to the big screen.
For those not familiar, the movie starring Robert Redford and Nick Nolte is based on a book by Bill Bryson called “A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail.”
Those who enjoy travel stories with a great deal of humor have undoubtedly crossed Bryson’s work before.
One of my own personal favorites happens to be “Notes from a Small Island,” which regales readers with Bryson’s adventures throughout the United Kingdom.
“A Walk in the Woods,” in both the movie and book, tell the tale of Bryson as he attempts to conquer the mammoth undertaking of the Appalachian Trail with his old middle school buddy, braving the elements and missteps as one does in this environment.
The trailer really tells it all:
Now we won’t give away any spoilers as to whether the tandem finishes the daunting task. Let’s just say that this expedition is arduous, testing even the most solid of friendships as well as your own personal resolve.
Bryson stopped by Australia’s ABC News to recount the making of the movie, stating that initially the book (published in 1998) was to be made into the film with Redford and the now late Paul Newman:
As the following video shows, producers worked with the Appalachian Trail Conservancy to bring the exhausting journey to the big screen, filling the movie with various iconic locations:
For those who want more specifics, North American Destinations lists some of the stops Redford and Nolte made along the way, including Louise’s Restaurant, which reportedly makes a cameo in the movie.
If you are keeping things local this weekend, you might consider a movie that will have you aching for the next big holiday.
If so, we hope the trial and tribulations Bryson endured won’t scare you away from walking that expansive trip. The results are truly rewarding.
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