Walter Mitty


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Walter Mitty

A person, generally quite ordinary or ineffectual, who indulges in fantastic daydreams of personal triumphs. For example, He's a Walter Mitty about riding in a rodeo but is actually afraid of horses. This term comes from James Thurber's short story, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (1939), describing just such a character.
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A source said: "Halligen was a real Walter Mitty character.
At a sentencing hearing yesterday, District Judge Stephen Earl told Ahmed his was like fictional character Walter Mitty.
At a sentencing hearing on Thursday, District Judge Stephen Earl told Ahmed his was like fictional character Walter Mitty, who was part of James Thurber's short story The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.
I was always led to believe the Walter Mitty character was fictitious, but now I'm having my doubts.
I HAVE five DVD copies of Stiller's version of The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty to give away.
THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY (PG) WALTER (Ben Stiller) processes the negatives for Life magazine, taking care with each image, especially the work of globe-trotting photographer Sean O'Connell (Sean Penn).
BEN Stiller (pictured) directs and stars in The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, James Thurber's classic story of a day-dreamer who escapes his anonymous life by disappearing into a world of fantasies filled with heroism, romance and action.
Ultimately, the phrase 'a Walter Mitty character' looks set to outlast everyone's memories of a film which seems to rely more on special effects than the script's ability to find the heart of a 21st century Forest Gump.
Since then, Walter Mitty (a mild-mannered man who enlivens a mundane day with a series of fantasies) has been synonymous with daydreaming and flights of imagination.
OWARDS the end of The Life Of Walter Mitty, a respected photojournalist sits on a mountainside in staring intently through a rare snow leopard slinks things don''t ask for coos the snapper, by the elusive big cat in habitat.
During a press tour for his latest film, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, Stiller told the Hollywood Reporter that he felt "limited by who I am as an actor".
In the 74 years since Thurber's short story appeared in the New Yorker, the name Walter Mitty has become synonymous with banal men who harbor delusions of grandeur--which is practically the only thing Steven Conrad's script takes from the brief and virtually plot-less source material.
NEW YORK -- Ben Stiller premiered his most ambitious directorial effort yet, the highly anticipated James Thurber adaptation "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty," at the New York Film Festival.
From the song "Anatole of Paris" in "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty," as written by Sylvia Fine and sung by her husband, Danny Kaye: "And the oboe it is clearly understood / Is an ill wind that no one blows good.
I remain an unreconstructed Walter Mitty who has not accepted that the most interesting person on the plane is sure to be sitting two rows in front of me.