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 film production began amidst the shutdown of the federal government in October 2013, which complicated plans to film on-location within Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Forest Service, and National Park Service lands in Oregon, which were closed during the shutdown. 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 »
[Cheryl's first inscription on the trail guestbook]
"If your Nerve, deny you - Go above your Nerve" - EMILY DICKINSON and Cheryl Strayed.
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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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