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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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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, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$18,352,454, 23 March 2008

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$56,255,142, 27 March 2008
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Emile Hirsch lost forty pounds to play his role. See more »

Goofs

When Chris' parents drive down to Atlanta to see him, Exit 91 for "DeKalb-Peachtree Airport, Emory University" on Interstate 85 is visible. Although, this is the correct exit for Emory, the exit number is incorrect for 1990. Exit 91 is the new, distance based exit number. Georgia used sequential exit numbers until 2000. In 1990 the correct exit would have been Exit 32. 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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missing the point...
22 December 2009 | by komic09See all my reviews

I'm finding it hard to see why this film has taken such a tongue lashing (or keyboard lashing) by some people...

mostly it is said that the main character is selfish and self indulgent, and that this film builds him up to be some kind of hero..

but I think that's missing the point...

through-out I was thinking about how, on one hand it was admirable that he wanted to break from the materialistic, money grabbing oppressive shackles placed on us by modern society, but on the other, how he had gone about it in such an irresponsible, hurtful and self-righteous way...

the way he abandoned his parents and loving sister without a phone call note or explanation, and from the people he met along the way, like the kind old man and young romance, especially compounded this...

and ultimately he realised this at the end by scribbling into a book, "happiness only real when shared" surely that is the lesson here! that his selfish, hurtful adolescent behaviour was wrong, and he ultimately paid a terrible cost.

So ignore that haters...they are looking at this story the wrong way! Very much worth an open minded viewing!


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