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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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Jan Burres
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Wayne Westerberg
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Jim Gallien ...
Jim Gallien
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Graduation Reader (as James J. O'Neill)
Malinda McCollum ...
Waitress
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Building Manager
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Craig Mutsch ...
Wayne's Crew #1
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Storyline

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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Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

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

Emile Hirsch lost 40 pounds to play his role. See more »

Goofs

During the graduation scene, there is a brief shot of an Emory official straightening the black tassels on a couple of graduates' mortarboards. In all other shots, every student is wearing a gold tassel. 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 »

Connections

Referenced in At the Movies: 25 Years of Margaret & David (2011) See more »

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Angel from Montgomery
Written by John Prine
Performed by Kristen Stewart & Emile Hirsch
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Real Life, Love
7 October 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Honestly let me just say this 1st Sean Pean made this story come to life, true life in every moment in the film. This movie has nothing wrong with it, it is perfect in every way shape and form. He did something that brought me to something I never could understand of what either i have to do or what i need to do in my life. If you want a movie from the heart this is it, if you want a movie of love this is it, if you want a movie with real life emotions well this is all of them. Its long but you'll probably want more when you don't want to leave your seat and just live in the moment of they story. So from my heart to yours this movie will speak to you know matter what.


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