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.
With the dissolution of her marriage and the death of her mother, Cheryl Strayed has lost all hope. After years of reckless, destructive behavior, she makes a rash decision. With absolutely no experience, driven only by sheer determination, Cheryl hikes more than a thousand miles of the Pacific Crest Trail, alone. Wild powerfully captures the terrors and pleasures of one young woman forging ahead against all odds on a journey that maddens, strengthen, and ultimately heals her.Written by
During a talk at Concordia University, Cheryl Strayed stated that although the film is very accurate, the sex scene in the alley never occurred (although she admits to being quite promiscuous during this period in her life). See more »
At one point, a calendar shows Friday, December 7. In 1995 that date was a Thursday. Recent years where Dec. 7 was a Friday were 1990, 2001, 2007, and 2012, none of which could have been when the movie took place. See more »
Ash body. I prefer the ashes of the body. Soft and silver. As a pale light falling to earth.
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There are photos of the real Cheryl Strayed on her actual walk shown during the credits. See more »
Reese Witherspoon and Laura Dern got well deserved Oscar nominations for their roles in this film. In fact, I cannot fathom how Witherspoon was denied a win.
I won't fall into the trap of comparing this film to the book. The book was the best one I read last year, and I thought it unfilmable. I was surprised at how well the film managed to capture the essential elements of the book.
The key was not the Pacific Coast Trail, but Cheryl Strayed's journey into self-discovery. The point where she fell to her knees in tears was the culmination of pain in her life, and the realization of her love for her mother.
This is definitely a film to watch more than once.
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