Into the Wild

September 21st, 2007








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Into the Wild

Still of William Hurt and Marcia Gay Harden in Into the WildStill of Emile Hirsch in Into the WildJena Malone at event of Into the WildSean Penn and Emile Hirsch in Into the WildStill of Emile Hirsch and Kristen Stewart in Into the WildStill of Emile Hirsch in Into the Wild

Plot
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.

Release Year: 2007

Rating: 8.2/10 (165,870 voted)

Critic's Score: 73/100

Director: Sean Penn

Stars: Emile Hirsch, Vince Vaughn, Catherine Keener

Storyline
Based on a true story. After graduating from Emory University, top student and athlete Christopher McCandless abandoned his possessions, gave his entire $24,000 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.

Writers: Sean Penn, Jon Krakauer

Cast:
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 - Himself
James O'Neill - Graduation Reader (as James J. O'Neill)
Malinda McCollum - Waitress
Paul Knauls - Building Manager
Zach Galifianakis - Kevin
Craig Mutsch - Wayne's Crew #1



Details

Official Website: Official site | Official site [Japan] |

Release Date: 21 September 2007

Filming Locations: Anchorage, Alaska, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $212,440 (USA) (23 September 2007) (4 Screens)

Gross: $18,427,795 (USA) (24 February 2008)



Technical Specs

Runtime:



Did You Know?

Trivia:
The watch Emile Hirsch wears in the movie is Christopher Johnson McCandless' real life watch, given to him as a present.

Goofs:
Anachronisms: When Braves fans come into the place where he and his family are celebrating his graduation, they cheer about the tomahawk chop. Braves fans did not start doing the tomahawk chop until 1991. Chris graduated in 1990.

Quotes:
[first lines]
Christopher McCandless: Mom! Mom! Help me.



User Review

Real American Beauty - an exceptional movie

Rating: 10/10

I've never posted a comment regarding a movie but feel compelled to after attending a screening of Into The Wild at the Toronto Film Festival last night. I won't speak to story here as it's covered in the other comments.

This is a movie of real beauty. It made me cry. I felt moved in a way that happens very rarely. It was an inspiration.

The feelings it evoked were all based on the power of the acting and the writing. The words were real and human. The relationships seemed real and human. This may not seem like a great feat - but I consider it a true rarity. It didn't feel calculated and artificial, like so many movies (read: Crash - but I'm not here to bash that...). It was very organic, natural and (I can't say it enough) just beautiful. Cripes, it's making me sound like a hippie, for heaven's sake. This for me was Penn's best work since Indian Runner.

What it reminded me of...

- Terence Malik - Herzog? - in a strange way Cassavettes? - Hal Ashby (more Coming Home than Harold & Maude...) - even a bit of Ken Loach

- Ruby in Paradise - Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore - Five Easy Pieces - Easy Rider

... but when I list those it's not because of plot similarities (though there are some) or style (although I think you can definitely see the influence of some great films) - it's again because of the heart of it. I heard a few people at the screening comment that the film was "too long" but I don't agree. I think exploring a journey of this magnitude required visiting all of the people he touched and taking the time to see the land.

Hal Holbrook was just perfect, as was the cast as a whole, and I think Emile Hirsch is really going places - he was fantastic and he owned the role. Eddie Vedder's music worked perfectly as well - not distracting or quirky - just a part of the whole.

The film received a standing ovation and quite a few tears were shed. Magic.




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