After graduating from Emory University, top student and athlete Christopher McCandless abandons his possessions, gives his entire $24,000 savings account to charity and hitchhikes to Alaska to live in the wilderness. Along the way, Christopher encounters a series of characters that shape his life.

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Carine McCandless / Additional Narrator
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Rainey (as Brian Dierker)
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Graduation Reader (as James J. O'Neill)
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Craig Mutsch ...
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Based on a true story. After graduating from Emory University, Christopher McCandless abandoned his possessions, gave his entire savings account to charity, and hitchhiked to Alaska to live in the wilderness. Along the way, Christopher encounters a series of characters who shape his life. Written by Lisa Kelley

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Rated R for language and some nudity | See all certifications »

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19 October 2007 (USA)  »

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Hacia rutas salvajes  »

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Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$212,440 (USA) (21 September 2007)

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$18,352,454 (USA) (21 March 2008)
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Trivia

According to the DVD commentary, the moose Christopher killed in the film was actually road kill found on a highway. See more »

Goofs

After Chris leaves Slab City there is a Union Pacific locomotive that runs beside the highway. That locomotive has an American flag painted on the side. Union Pacific did not paint American Flags on their locomotives until the 2000s. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Christopher McCandless: Mom! Mom! Help me.
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Crazy Credits

The opening title is shown as part of Chris's journal's writings. See more »

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I watched this movie on the aeroplane after searching through the movie list and not finding anything else interesting to watch. I didn't even know what the film was called until the ending credits. However, what I saw was amazing - the acting and scenery was excellent and the plot was thought provoking. More people should watch this to appreciate the message to us all. I was also surprised to see it was was actually a true story which made it even more interesting (I love films that are based on true stories). It is one of the best movies i've seen that portrays the contrast between a materialistic world vs the natural world that is at the core of the universe. This is a film that can easily be overlooked but not forgotten.


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