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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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Rainey (as Brian Dierker)
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Graduation Reader (as James J. O'Neill)
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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

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

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$15,000,000 (estimated)

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

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$18,352,454 (USA) (21 March 2008)
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When Sean Penn asked Eddie Vedder to do the soundtrack, he agreed on the spot, before he knew anything about the film. See more »

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Carine describes that she knew what Chris was doing by getting away after spending four years in college. However, the regalia Chris was wearing at the graduation ceremony is that of someone receiving a master's degree, which would normally require at least another year of coursework. See more »

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Christopher McCandless: Mom! Mom! Help me.
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Real American Beauty - an exceptional movie
10 September 2007 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

I've never posted a comment regarding a movie but feel compelled to after attending a screening of Into The Wild at the Toronto Film Festival last night. I won't speak to story here as it's covered in the other comments.

This is a movie of real beauty. It made me cry. I felt moved in a way that happens very rarely. It was an inspiration.

The feelings it evoked were all based on the power of the acting and the writing. The words were real and human. The relationships seemed real and human. This may not seem like a great feat - but I consider it a true rarity. It didn't feel calculated and artificial, like so many movies (read: Crash - but I'm not here to bash that...). It was very organic, natural and (I can't say it enough) just beautiful. Cripes, it's making me sound like a hippie, for heaven's sake. This for me was Penn's best work since Indian Runner.

What it reminded me of...

  • Terence Malik - Herzog? - in a strange way Cassavettes? - Hal Ashby


(more Coming Home than Harold & Maude...) - even a bit of Ken Loach

  • Ruby in Paradise - Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore - Five Easy Pieces


  • Easy Rider




... but when I list those it's not because of plot similarities (though there are some) or style (although I think you can definitely see the influence of some great films) - it's again because of the heart of it. I heard a few people at the screening comment that the film was "too long" but I don't agree. I think exploring a journey of this magnitude required visiting all of the people he touched and taking the time to see the land.

Hal Holbrook was just perfect, as was the cast as a whole, and I think Emile Hirsch is really going places - he was fantastic and he owned the role. Eddie Vedder's music worked perfectly as well - not distracting or quirky - just a part of the whole.

The film received a standing ovation and quite a few tears were shed. Magic.


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