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Into the Wild (2007)

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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Wayne Westerberg
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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)  »

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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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In 2013, Carine McCandless published her memoirs 'The Wild Truth' where she finally revealed her brother's true motivations for 'running away from it all'. She and Chris grew up with a volatile, viciously abusive father who made their weak-willed yet hyper-competent mother both his victim and his accomplice. Carine, who was a valuable source for both Krakauer's book and Sean Penn's movie adaptation, had shared this dark family history with Krakauer back in the early 1990s, though strictly off the record in order to protect her parents "from full exposure in case they could change for the better" (they never did). And even though it compromised his book, Krakauer honored Carine's restrictions. Instead, he hinted at the truth with repeated allusions to an "overbearing" father, which some readers caught. Carine had hoped that the publication of her book would finally put to rest some of the accusations laid upon her brother for causing their parents undue pain when they were the very reason he left in the first place. She also stated that while Chris did inadvertently cause his own death, living in solitude in the middle of nowhere was merely his way of trying to process the years of built up emotional and mental anguish he had suffered. See more »

Goofs

When Chris' parents drive down to Atlanta to see him, Exit 91 for "DeKalb-Peachtree Airport, Emory University" on Interstate 85 is visible. Although, this is the correct exit for Emory, the exit number is incorrect for 1990. Exit 91 is the new, distance based exit number. Georgia used sequential exit numbers until 2000. In 1990 the correct exit would have been Exit 32. See more »

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

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Long Nights
Written & Performed by Eddie Vedder
Courtesy of Monkeywrench, Inc./J Records
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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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