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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 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 »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Details

Official Sites:

Official site [Japan]

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Danish

Release Date:

19 October 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Into the Wild 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

Gross USA:

$18,354,356

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$56,255,142
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Jim Gallien, the Alaskan who gave Chris the rubber boots in the opening scene, plays himself. See more »

Goofs

In the night scene, with the Las Vegas strip in the background, the Stratosphere Tower can be seen on the right side of the screen. The scene takes place in the early 1990s; the Stratosphere was completed in 1996. See more »

Quotes

[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

Referenced in The Hour: Episode #7.37 (2010) See more »

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Written & Performed by Michael Brook
Courtesy of Canadian Rational LLC / bigHelium Entertainment LLC
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A masterpiece
10 September 2007 | by charlesjohnston2002See all my reviews

Sean Penn's artistic contribution to cinema in my lifetime has been staggering. The films he's directed have included some of my favourite performances from amazing actors pushed to their absolute limit.

I feel like everything he's ever done in his career so far, every tiny nuance, has been distilled into this incredible film. From start to finish it is beyond inspiring - by the end, it lifts right off the ground.

The first time the soundtrack really kicked in, I felt that Eddie Vedder's score seemed too loud. Then I realized that my only complaint was merely me resisting the full experience. The whole point of it all was to let go and not be afraid of going that one step too far.


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