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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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Carine McCandless / Additional Narrator
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Rainey (as Brian Dierker)
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Jim Gallien ...
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Graduation Reader (as James J. O'Neill)
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Waitress
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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)  »

Also Known As:

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

Jim Gallien, the Alaskan who gave Chris the rubber boots in the opening scene, plays himself. See more »

Goofs

While Chris is learning how to run a combine, he is harvesting wheat. In a subsequent shot, the combine is being unloaded of corn. 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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Written & Performed by Michael Brook
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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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