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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
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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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Release Date:

19 October 2007 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Hacia rutas salvajes  »

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$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


$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 »


In the desert when Ron drops Chris off at his camp, Chris hops up onto the hood of Ron's truck. This happens almost immediately after they pull up. Chris should have burned his hands and legs on the hot metal of the hood of the truck, as the engine beneath would still be hot. 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 »


Referenced in The Hour: Episode #7.37 (2010) See more »


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Written by Erik Pearson
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2008's Version of On the Road?
1 May 2008 | by (Vulcan) – See all my reviews

Who Is Chris McCandless? A true supertramp? An obsessive, emotionally damaged egomaniac? Suicidal thrill-seeker? A Kerouac-like drifter addicted to the search for an ever-evasive truth? A high-functioning schizophrenic? The 21st century youth culture reincarnation of John Gault? Or just a kid going through a difficult time and looking for some distance to sort it all out?

Sean Penn's pop-philosophical examination of this young man's voyage across America, to Alaska, and to the depths of his young soul will give you an interpretation at least. While it is not clear exactly whose interpretation we are seeing, it is very clear that Penn respects his subject and gave this film about as much thought and power as he could inject it with. And the film did remind me of something very true about the self-righteous naiveté of youth.

I am not concerned at all with the accuracy of the film, and, while it is tempting to compare this film to Werner Herzog's excellent but less fictionalized "Grizzly Man", the subjects are really too widely disparate; Herzog and Penn's perspective on humanity is too different to produce a meaningful comparison. The targets of this comparison, too big and too easy. But I will make one comment about the two films - Penn's film is much more or a tribute to its protagonist than Herzog's.

I found Into the Wild to be a gripping, thoughtful film. The script was good, but sometimes a bit pretentious - occasionally crossing the line between character development and character worship. Penn's direction and cinematography are masterful. The acting - every member of the cast included - is absolutely excellent.

Recommended - but not for light cheerful entertainment.

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