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'A Walk in the Woods' and the cinematic history of nature trips gone horribly wrong

'A Walk in the Woods' and the cinematic history of nature trips gone horribly wrong

American ultramarathoner Scott Jurek set a record in July for traversing the Appalachian Trail, covering the 2,189 miles in a jaunty 46 days, eight hours, seven minutes. Robert Redford and Nick Nolte take a considerably more measured approach to their similar trek in the new film “A Walk in the Woods,” based on author Bill Bryson’s 1998 memoir. As Bryson, Redford reluctantly takes on an old pal (Nolte) as his unlikely partner in a late-in-life attempt at the landmark path, which stretches through 14 states, from Georgia to Maine. Played largely for laughs, “A Walk in the Woods” is a meditation on life and our relationship with  our surroundings, but...

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