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Into the Wild (2007)

R  |   |  Adventure, Biography, Drama  |  19 October 2007 (USA)
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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Carine McCandless / Additional Narrator
Rainey (as Brian Dierker)
Jan Burres
Wayne Westerberg
Jim Gallien ...
Jim Gallien
James O'Neill ...
Graduation Reader (as James J. O'Neill)
Malinda McCollum ...
Paul Knauls ...
Building Manager
Craig Mutsch ...
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Based on a true story. After graduating from Emory University, top student and athlete Christopher McCandless abandoned his possessions, gave his entire $24,000 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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

19 October 2007 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Hacia rutas salvajes  »

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Box Office


$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


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

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Sean Penn needed wolves during production, and even rented some from an agency. Penn played "kissy face" with several of the wolves before, during, and after production. He spent hours feeding, playing with, and petting them. Several of the wolves are still alive, and on display at Wolf Country USA in Palmer, AK. See more »


The Park Ranger's uniform in the Grand Canyon kayak scene is incorrect. The uniform colors of green and gray are for a National Park Service ranger. The patch on his arm appears to be for the National Park Service, but is the incorrect patch for the service. Also the badge he wears is the badge of the U.S. Forest Service. See more »


[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 »


References The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966) See more »


Written & Performed by Eddie Vedder
Courtesy of Monkeywrench, Inc./J Records
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User Reviews

A masterpiece
10 September 2007 | by (Toronto, Canada) – See all my reviews

Sean Penn's artistic contribution to cinema in my lifetime has been staggering. The films he's directed have included some of my favourite performances from amazing actors pushed to their absolute limit.

I feel like everything he's ever done in his career so far, every tiny nuance, has been distilled into this incredible film. From start to finish it is beyond inspiring - by the end, it lifts right off the ground.

The first time the soundtrack really kicked in, I felt that Eddie Vedder's score seemed too loud. Then I realized that my only complaint was merely me resisting the full experience. The whole point of it all was to let go and not be afraid of going that one step too far.

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