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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 (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 ... 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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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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Your large adventure on Alaska See more »


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English | Danish

Release Date:

24 April 2008 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

Hacia rutas salvajes See more »

Filming Locations:

Anchorage, Alaska, USA See more »

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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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During the graduation scene, there is a brief shot of an Emory official straightening the black tassels on a couple of graduates' mortarboards. In all other shots, every student is wearing a gold tassel. See more »

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Christopher McCandless: Mom! Mom! Help me.
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2008's Version of On the Road?
1 May 2008 | by mstomasoSee all my reviews

Who Is Chris McCandless? A true supertramp? An obsessive, emotionally damaged egomaniac? Suicidal thrill-seeker? A Kerouac-like drifter addicted to the search for an ever-evasive truth? A high-functioning schizophrenic? The 21st century youth culture reincarnation of John Gault? Or just a kid going through a difficult time and looking for some distance to sort it all out?

Sean Penn's pop-philosophical examination of this young man's voyage across America, to Alaska, and to the depths of his young soul will give you an interpretation at least. While it is not clear exactly whose interpretation we are seeing, it is very clear that Penn respects his subject and gave this film about as much thought and power as he could inject it with. And the film did remind me of something very true about the self-righteous naiveté of youth.

I am not concerned at all with the accuracy of the film, and, while it is tempting to compare this film to Werner Herzog's excellent but less fictionalized "Grizzly Man", the subjects are really too widely disparate; Herzog and Penn's perspective on humanity is too different to produce a meaningful comparison. The targets of this comparison, too big and too easy. But I will make one comment about the two films - Penn's film is much more or a tribute to its protagonist than Herzog's.

I found Into the Wild to be a gripping, thoughtful film. The script was good, but sometimes a bit pretentious - occasionally crossing the line between character development and character worship. Penn's direction and cinematography are masterful. The acting - every member of the cast included - is absolutely excellent.

Recommended - but not for light cheerful entertainment.


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