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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 ...
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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 ...
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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)

Gross:

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

The temperature outdoors was at freezing when Emile Hirsch performed the naked back float down the stream. See more »

Goofs

When Alex is walking around at night after visiting the shelter, a parking meter briefly flashes a red light, indicating that time has run out. These types of meters did not exist in 1991. 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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Referenced in At the Movies: 25 Years of Margaret & David (2011) See more »

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King of the Road
Written & Performed by Roger Miller
Courtesy of The Island Def Jam Music Group
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Captured his essence
25 September 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I read the book in 1996. Like others, it moved me profoundly. I created a series of prints of my interpretation of Chris. I haven't read the book since.

This film transported me right back to the spirit that Krakauer brought to life in the book. I spent a few years traveling alone from 1994-1996. This film reminded my why I left and why I returned. Ten years later, all grown up with all the crap, I'm haunted again by Chris. What a well done job.

Thank you Sean & John. You did it right.

By the way, try to catch Holly Figueroa's song "Dream in Red" inspired by Into The Wild.


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