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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Chris McCandless
... Billie McCandless
... Walt McCandless
... Carine McCandless / Additional Narrator
... Rainey (as Brian Dierker)
... Jan Burres
... Wayne Westerberg
... Tracy Tatro
... Ron Franz
Jim Gallien ... Jim Gallien
James O'Neill ... Graduation Reader (as James J. O'Neill)
Malinda McCollum ... Waitress
Paul Knauls ... Building Manager
... Kevin
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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Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$212,440, 23 September 2007, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$18,352,454, 23 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." (Not surprisingly, they didn't.) 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, though many did not. See more »

Goofs

In the desert when Ron drops Chris off at his camp, Chris hops up onto the hood of Ron's truck. This happens almost immediately after they pull up. Chris should have burned his hands and legs on the hot metal of the hood of the truck, as the engine beneath would still be hot. See more »

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[first lines]
Christopher McCandless: Mom! Mom! Help me.
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The opening title is shown as part of Chris's journal's writings. 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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Captured his essence
25 September 2007 | by 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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