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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
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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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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Box Office


$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


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

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Did You Know?


Shia LaBeouf was considered for the lead role. See more »


When Chris is driving the combine in the wheat field and shoveling grain out of the truck, his boss is talking about wheat and the price of the wheat, presumably the wheat they are unloading, Chris is, in fact, shoveling corn. 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 Family Guy: Quagmire's Mom (2015) See more »


Written & Performed by Kaki King
Courtesy of Epic Records
By Arrangement with Sony BMG Music Entertainment
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Justice done.
8 October 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The sensitivity with which Krakauer captured the essence of McCandless and his adventure is extended aptly to the movie format by Sean Penn. Even if one might not be able to appreciate the purpose for Alex's journey, I don't think anyone would be able to deny that Into the Wild is a sensitive and poignant cinematic experience. There are scenes in this movie that one will never be able to forget, particularly the ending sequence. This movie will easily pull its audience into a philosophical debate for the truth about who was right and wrong isn't easy to distinguish. Sean Penn certainly doesn't try to answer those questions, questions that McCandless' life left for his family and the rest of us. Penn does well to tread a delicate objective but not indifferent line. Certainly the best movie of this year and one of the best ever made. The story, the story itself is great.

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