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Into the Wild (2007)

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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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Sean Penn

Writers:

Sean Penn (screenplay), Jon Krakauer (book)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Emile Hirsch ... Chris McCandless
Marcia Gay Harden ... Billie McCandless
William Hurt ... Walt McCandless
Jena Malone ... Carine McCandless / Additional Narrator
Brian H. Dierker ... Rainey (as Brian Dierker)
Catherine Keener ... Jan Burres
Vince Vaughn ... Wayne Westerberg
Kristen Stewart ... Tracy Tatro
Hal Holbrook ... Ron Franz
Jim Gallien Jim Gallien ... Jim Gallien
James O'Neill James O'Neill ... Graduation Reader (as James J. O'Neill)
Malinda McCollum Malinda McCollum ... Waitress
Paul Knauls Paul Knauls ... Building Manager
Zach Galifianakis ... Kevin
Craig Mutsch 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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Go with your heart See more »


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Rated R for language and some nudity | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Official site [Japan]

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Danish

Release Date:

19 October 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hacia rutas salvajes See more »

Filming Locations:

Anchorage, Alaska, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$212,440, 23 September 2007, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$18,352,454, 23 March 2008

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$56,255,142, 27 March 2008
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

When Sean Penn asked Eddie Vedder to do the soundtrack, he agreed on the spot, before he knew anything about the film. See more »

Goofs

When Christopher kayaks under the railroad bridge, BNSF engines are pulling the train. BNSF did not exist until the merger of Burlington Northern and Santa Fe railroads in 1995. 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 »

Connections

References Leonard Knight: A Man & His Mountain (2015) See more »

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Doing the Wrong Thing
Written & Performed by Kaki King
Courtesy of Epic Records
By Arrangement with Sony BMG Music Entertainment
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Real American Beauty - an exceptional movie
10 September 2007 | by dinglis-2See all my reviews

I've never posted a comment regarding a movie but feel compelled to after attending a screening of Into The Wild at the Toronto Film Festival last night. I won't speak to story here as it's covered in the other comments.

This is a movie of real beauty. It made me cry. I felt moved in a way that happens very rarely. It was an inspiration.

The feelings it evoked were all based on the power of the acting and the writing. The words were real and human. The relationships seemed real and human. This may not seem like a great feat - but I consider it a true rarity. It didn't feel calculated and artificial, like so many movies (read: Crash - but I'm not here to bash that...). It was very organic, natural and (I can't say it enough) just beautiful. Cripes, it's making me sound like a hippie, for heaven's sake. This for me was Penn's best work since Indian Runner.

What it reminded me of...

  • Terence Malik - Herzog? - in a strange way Cassavettes? - Hal Ashby (more Coming Home than Harold & Maude...) - even a bit of Ken Loach


  • Ruby in Paradise - Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore - Five Easy Pieces - Easy Rider


... but when I list those it's not because of plot similarities (though there are some) or style (although I think you can definitely see the influence of some great films) - it's again because of the heart of it. I heard a few people at the screening comment that the film was "too long" but I don't agree. I think exploring a journey of this magnitude required visiting all of the people he touched and taking the time to see the land.

Hal Holbrook was just perfect, as was the cast as a whole, and I think Emile Hirsch is really going places - he was fantastic and he owned the role. Eddie Vedder's music worked perfectly as well - not distracting or quirky - just a part of the whole.

The film received a standing ovation and quite a few tears were shed. Magic.


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