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
The production team had access to twenty-five pairs of custom made Danner hiking boots to show the progressive aging of the boots. These boots were made locally in Portland, Oregon, where this movie was filmed. See more »
Early in her hike, as Cheryl is howling along with coyotes, a distinctive round-topped rock spire is visible in the distance. This is the iconic Monkey Face tower at Smith Rock State Park in central Oregon; this setting is supposed to be well within California. See more »
I'm sorry that you have to walk 1000 miles just to...
Finish that sentence. Why do I have to walk 1000 miles?
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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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