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Redford and Nolte into the 'Woods'

"A Walk in the Woods" is based on humorist/naturalist Bill Bryson's bestselling memoir of his attempt to tackle the challenging Appalachian Trail. Redford plays Bryson as a whimsical curmudgeon who reveres the beauty of his country more than the people who inhabit it. He shares the screen with Nick Nolte, whose mammoth stomach, unkempt hair and gravelly voice are perfect for Steven Katz, a recovering alcoholic friend of Bryson's who insisted on coming along. These are characters you instantly like and want to succeed as they plod from failure to failure. Released from the shackles of his stereotyped seriousness, Redford glorifies every gag in the script.

Colin Covert