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Into the Wild

Original Theatrical Poster
Directed by Sean Penn
Produced by Sean Penn,
Art Linson,
William Pohlad
Written by Book:
Jon Krakauer
Sean Penn
Narrated by Jena Malone
Sharon Olds
Carine McCandless
Starring Emile Hirsch
Marcia Gay Harden
William Hurt
Jena Malone
Catherine Keener
Vince Vaughn
Kristen Stewart
Hal Holbrook
Music by Michael Brook
Kaki King
Eddie Vedder
Cinematography Eric Gautier
Editing by Jay Cassidy
Studio Square One C.I.H.
Linson Film
River Road Entertainment[1]
Distributed by Paramount Vantage
Release date(s) September 21, 2007
Running time 148 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $15 million[citation needed]
Gross revenue $56,255,142[2]

Into the Wild is a 2007 American drama film based on the 1996 non-fiction book of the same name by Jon Krakauer about the adventures of Christopher McCandless. It was directed by Sean Penn, who also wrote the screenplay, and stars Emile Hirsch, William Hurt, Marcia Gay Harden, Jena Malone, Catherine Keener, Brian Dierker, Vince Vaughn, Zach Galifianakis, Kristen Stewart, and Hal Holbrook. It premiered during the second edition of the Rome Film Feast. The film premiered outside of Fairbanks, Alaska on September 3, 2007,[3] and the film was given a limited release on September 21, before a wide release on October 19.



Into the Wild recounts the true story of Christopher McCandless (Emile Hirsch), a student-athlete at Emory University, as told by his sympathetic sister, Carine McCandless (Jena Malone). In rejection of a materialist, conventional life, and of his parents Walt McCandless (William Hurt) and Billie McCandless (Marcia Gay Harden), who McCandless perceives as having betrayed him, McCandless destroys all of his credit cards and identification documents, donates $24,000 (nearly his entire savings) to Oxfam, and sets out on a cross-country drive in his well-used but reliable Datsun toward his ultimate goal: Alaska and, alone, to test himself and experience the wilds of nature. He does not tell his family what he is doing or where he is going and does not communicate with them thereafter, leaving them to become increasingly anxious and eventually desperate.

Along the way his automobile is caught in a flash flood and he abandons it to hitchhike after burning what remains of his dwindling cash supply at the side of Lake Mead, Arizona. He then creates a new name: Alexander Supertramp. Along his travels, he encounters a hippie couple Jan Burres (Catherine Keener) and Rainey (Brian H. Dierker). As McCandless continues his travels, he decides to work on a farm owned by Wayne Westerberg (Vince Vaughn). However he is forced to leave after Westerberg is arrested for satellite piracy. McCandless then goes up at the Colorado River and when he is told that he may not go down by kayak without a license, he acquires a Perception Sundance 12 open-water kayak and, followed by the river police, paddles downriver eventually all the way into Mexico. There his kayak is lost in a sandstorm and he crosses back into the United States. Unable to easily hitchhike, he starts traveling via freight train to Los Angeles. Not long after arriving, however, he starts feeling "corrupted" by modern civilization and decides to leave. Later, McCandless is forced to switch his travelling method back to hitchhiking due to rough security.

McCandless then arrives at a hippie commune, Slab City and encounters Jan and Rainey again. At the commune, he meets Tracy Tatro (Kristen Stewart), who becomes attracted to McCandless. McCandless decides to continue his goal for Alaska, much to everyone's sadness. McCandless then encounters a retired but lonely leather worker, Ron Franz (Hal Holbrook) in Salton City, California. After spending several months with Franz, McCandless decides to leave for Alaska and Franz gives him gear to use. Franz offers to adopt McCandless as his grandchild, but McCandless tells him that they should discuss this after McCandless returns from Alaska and Franz becomes extremely saddened by his departure.

Nearly two years after leaving his family, McCandless crosses a stream in a remote area of Alaska and sets up camp in an abandoned Fairbanks Transit bus, the "Magic Bus", used as a shelter for moose hunters. Initially McCandless is exhilarated by the isolation, the beauty of nature around and the thrill of living off the land as the spring thaw arrives. He hunts and gathers, and reads books, and keeps a diary of his thoughts. However life becomes harder; his supplies start to run out and although he kills a moose the meat is spoiled by flies and maggots. He realizes that nature is also harsh and uncaring. Ultimately on his journey of self-discovery, he concludes that true happiness can also be found in sharing, and in the joy of realization seeks to return from the wild to his friends and family.

However, to his despair McCandless finds that the stream that he crossed has become a violent torrent and he cannot return; he is trapped by nature. He is forced to return to the Magic Bus but now as a prisoner; having previously insisted on being self-sufficient he is no longer in control of his fate and can only hope for help from the outside. As his supplies run out, he is forced to gather and eat roots and plants. He has a book to help him to distinguish edible from inedible, but he confuses similar plants and is poisoned. He slowly and painfully starves. In his final hours, he continues to document his process of self-realization and accepts his fate, as he imagines his friends and family for a final time.

The epilogue occurs two weeks after his death when his body is found by moose hunters. The movie ends with a picture of him, found undeveloped in his camera from before he died. It tells that his sister carried his ashes from Alaska to the eastern seaboard by plane with the ashes in her backpack.


Salvation Mountain where Chris and Tracy took a walk.


The scenes of graduation from Emory University in the film were shot in the fall of 2006 on the front lawn of Reed College. Some of the graduation scenes were also filmed during the actual Emory University graduation on May 15, 2006.[4] The Alaska scenes depicting the area around the abandoned bus on the Stampede Trail were filmed 50 miles south of where McCandless actually died, in the tiny town of Cantwell. Filming at the actual bus would have been too remote for the technical demands of a movie shoot.[5] The production made four separate trips to Alaska to film during different seasons.



Critical Reception

Into the Wild earned strong reviews from critics. The review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reported that 83% of 155 reviews of the film were positive, resulting in a "Fresh" rating.[6] Metacritic assigned the film an average score of 73 out of 100, based on 38 reviews from mainstream critics.[7]

Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times gave the film four stars out of four and described the film as "spellbinding". Ebert wrote that Emile Hirsch gives a "hypnotic performance", saying: "It is great acting, and more than acting". Ebert said, "The movie is so good partly because it means so much, I think, to its writer-director", Sean Penn.[8]

The American Film Institute listed the film as one of ten AFI Movies of the Year for 2007.[9][10]

National Board of Review named it one of the Top Ten Films of the Year.

Into the Wild also ranks 473rd in Empire magazine's 2008 list of the 500 greatest movies of all time.[11]

Top ten lists

The film appeared on many critics' top ten lists of the best films of 2007.[12]




  • Cinema Audio Society
    • Outstanding Achievement in Sound Mixing for Motion Pictures

Box office

In North America, Into the Wild initially opened in limited release, in four theaters and grossed $212,440, posting a per-theater average of $53,110. For the next several weeks, the film remained in limited release until it expanded to over 600 theaters on October 19, 2007; in its first weekend of wide release, the film grossed just $2.1 million for a per-theater average of $3,249. As of December 25, 2008, the film has grossed $18,354,356 domestically and $37,281,398 internationally. In total, the film has grossed $55,635,754 worldwide.[19]

Home media

Into the Wild was released on March 4, 2008 on standard DVD,[20] Two-Disc Special Collector's Edition DVD,[21] and standard HD DVD.[22] The special edition DVD and HD DVD contain two special features entitled The Story, The Characters and The Experience. The Blu-ray Disc edition was released in France on July 16, 2008.[23] The Blu-ray edition for the US was released on December 16, 2008.[24] The UK Blu-ray was released on July 20, 2009.[25]


The songs on the soundtrack were performed by Eddie Vedder, guitarist and lead singer of Pearl Jam and Jerry Hannan with his song "Society". The score was written and performed by Michael Brook and Kaki King. Vedder won a Golden Globe for Best Original Song for the song "Guaranteed". The music at the end of the theatrical trailer is "Acts of Courage" by X-Ray Dog, a company that supplies music for many movie trailers.

See also

Call of the Wild (2007 film)


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  2. ^ Worldwide Total Gross data from
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  4. ^ "Remake of "Nerds" Film Scrapped". The Emory Wheel. Retrieved 2008-01-29. 
  5. ^ "The Cult of Chris McCandless". Men's Journal. Retrieved 2008-08-02. 
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  16. ^ "65th Golden Globe Awards Nominations & Winners". Retrieved 2008-01-13. 
  17. ^ "Nominees - 80th Annual Academy Awards". Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Retrieved 2008-01-22. 
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  20. ^ Into the Wild
  21. ^ Into the Wild (Two-Disc Special Collector's Edition)
  22. ^ Into The Wild (HD DVD)
  23. ^ DVDrama: Into the wild en DVD Blu-ray(French)
  24. ^ Hi-Def Digest: Into the Wild coming to Blu-ray
  25. ^ Into the Wild (Blu-ray)

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From Wikiquote

Into the Wild is a 2007 critically acclaimed Academy Award-nominated, Golden Globe-winning film based on the 1996 non-fiction book of the same name by Jon Krakauer about the adventures of Christopher McCandless. It was directed by Academy Award winner Sean Penn, who also wrote the screenplay, and stars Emile Hirsch, Vince Vaughn, Jena Malone, Academy Award winner Marcia Gay Harden, Academy Award winner William Hurt and two-time Academy Award nominee Catherine Keener.


Christopher McCandless

  • Is there anybody here?
  • "Hey, listen, old man. Now, don't psychoanalyze me, all right? Shut up. I'm taking you out to where we're going." "Where you going?" "I told you. We're going nowhere!"
  • Two years he walks the earth. No phone, no pool, no pets, no cigarettes. Ultimate freedom. An extremist. An aesthetic voyager whose home is the road. So now, after two rambling years comes the final and greatest adventure. The climactic battle to kill the false being within and victoriously conclude the spiritual revolution. No longer to be poisoned by civilization, he flees, and walks alone upon the land to become lost in the wild. -Alexander Supertramp, May 1992.
  • I see them standing at the formal gates of their colleges. I see my father strolling out under the ochre sandstone atch, the red tiles glinting like bent plates of blood behind his head. I see my mother with a few light books at her hip, standing at the pillar made of tiny bricks with the wrought-iron gates still open behind her, its sword-tips black in the May air. They are about to graduate. They are about to get married. They are kids. They are dumb. All they know is they are innocent, they would never hurt anybody. I want to go up to them and say "Stop, don’t do it. She's the wrong woman, he's the wrong man. You are going to do things you cannot imagine you would ever do. You are going to do bad things to children. You are going to suffer in ways you never heard of. You are going to want to die." I want to go up to them there in the late May sunlight and say it. But I don't do it. I want to live. I take them up like the male and female paper dolls, and bang them together at the hips like chips of flint, as if to strike sparks from them. I say, "Do what you are going to do and I will tell about it."

(excerpt from I Go Back To May 1937, a poem by Sharon Olds)

  • There's a lot of great poems in here.
  • "It should not be denied that being footloose has always exhilarated us. It is associated in our minds with escape from history and oppression and law and irksome obligations. Absolute freedom. And the road has always led west."
  • "The sea's only gifts are harsh blows, and, occasionally, the chance to feel strong. Now, I don't know much about the sea, but I do know that that's the way it is here. And I also know how important it is in life not necessarily to be strong, but to feel strong, to measure yourself at least once, to find yourself at least once in the most ancient of human conditions, facing the blind, deaf stone alone with nothing to help you but your hands and your own head."
  • I'm not Superman, I'm supertramp. [looks at apple] You're Superapple. You're so tasty. You're so organic, so natural. You're the apple of my eye.
  • Strong. You can do anything. You can go anywhere. Money, power is an illusion. It's up here. You can be here. Me and you.
  • I'm Supertramp!
  • "If we admit that human life can be ruled by reason, the possibility of life is destroyed."
  • "Hey, Dad, can I light the barbeque, please, Dad, this time?" "Well, Son, you can go get the lighter fluid." "Come on, Dad. Please, Dad, please?" "Well, why not, Walt? That sounds like a good idea . . ." "Shut up, Carine! Shut up, Carine! No, Billie. I told you once. Don't make me tell you again. Okay? Okay? You hear me? You hear me, woman? You hear me, woman? Huh? You hear me, woman?" "Sorry. Sorry, Walt. I'm sorry."
  • "There was clearly felt the presence of a force not bound to be kind to man. It was a place of heathenism and superstitious rites, to be inhabited by men nearer of kin to the rocks and to the wild animals than we."
  • I've only got one plan, Rainey.
  • "I have lived through much, and now I think I have found what is needed for happiness. A quiet secluded life in the country, with the possibility of being useful to people to whom it is easy to do good, and who are not accustomed to have it done to them. And work which one hopes may be of some use. Then rest, nature, books, music, love for one's neighbor. Such is my idea of happiness. And then, on top of all that, you for a mate, and children perhaps. What more can the heart of a man desire?"
  • You got to get back out in the world! Get out of that lonely house, that little workshop of yours. Get back out on the road! Really! You're going to live a long time Ron! You should make a radical change in your lifestyle! I mean, the core of man's spirit comes from new experiences.
  • "For a moment she rediscovered the purpose of her life. She was here on earth to grasp the meaning of its wild enchantment, and to call each thing by its right name." "By its right name."
  • [written into book] Happiness is only real when shared.
  • "To call each thing by its right name. By its right name."
  • What if I were smiling and running into your arms? Would you see then what I see now?
  • [In a letter written to Ron Franz]"So many people live within unhappy circumstances and yet will not take the initiative to change their situation because they are conditioned to a life of security, conformity, and conservatism, all of which may appear to give one peace of mind, but in reality nothing is more damaging to the adventurous spirit within a man than a secure future. The very basic core of a man's living spirit is his passion for adventure. The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun"


  • Jeez. If I struck a match to you I'd have dinner and warmth at the same time.
  • That poor girl is about ready to vault herself onto a fence post.
  • All is not well on the hippie front.

Ron Franz

  • On your great Alaskan adventure.


Walt McCandless: We want to buy you a new car.
Billie McCandless: That's right.
Chris McCandless: A new car?
Billie: Mmm-hmm.
Chris: Why would I want a new car? Datsun runs great. Do you think I want some fancy boat? Are you worried what the neighbors might think?
Billie: Well, we weren't gonna get you a brand new Cadillac, Chris. We just want to get you a nice new car that's safe to drive. And you never know when that thing out there just might blow up.
Chris: Blow up. Blow up? Are you guys crazy? It's a great car. I don't need a new car. I don't want a new car. I don't want anything.
Billie: Okay.
Chris: These things, things, things, things.
Billie: Okay.
Walt: Everything has to be difficult.
Chris: Thank you.

Walt McCandless: Did you know about this?
Carine McCandless: He didn't say anything.

Jan Burres: That's Rainey.
Chris McCandless: Hi, Rainey.
Rainey: Yeah, I'm Rainey.
Jan: I'm Jan.
Chris: Hi. I'm Alex.
Rainey: Alex with the hat on.
Jan: Yeah, I know. You said it, man.
Chris: Yeah.
Rainey: So you're a leather now.
Chris: I'm a leather?
Jan: Yeah, a leather tramp. That's what they call the ones that hoof it, go on foot.

Chris McCandless: I don't need money. Makes people cautious.
Jan Burres: Come on, Alex. You gotta be a little cautious. I mean, that book of yours is cool and everything, but you can't depend entirely on leaves and berries.
Chris: I don't know if you want to depend on much more than that.
Jan: Where are your mom and dad?
Chris: Living their lies somewhere.
Jan: You look like a loved kid. Be fair.
Chris: Fair?
Jan: You know what I mean.
Chris: I'll paraphrase Thoreau here. "Rather than love, than money, than faith, than fame, than fairness, give me truth."

Rainey: You're an industrious little fucker, aren't you?
Chris McCandless: Little bit.
Rainey: It's funny how things happen at particular times.

Chris McCandless: Some people feel like they don't deserve love. They walk away quietly into empty spaces, trying to close the gaps to the past.
Rainey: That's a hell of an insight. Jesus! You're not Jesus, are you?
Chris: Look who's talking.
Rainey: You gonna walk across the water and get her back for me, pal?
Chris: No. I'm afraid of water. Always have been. Something I've gotta get over sometime though, huh? So I will swim in it if you'll carry the firewood back to camp.
Rainey: Shit, yeah.
Chris: Yeah?
Rainey: Call it carried.
Chris: All right.

Chris McCandless: $2, $4, $6, just put all the money in. I just wanna see everybody going for broke.
Wayne Westerberg: You want to play?
Chris: No.

Wayne Westerberg: What do you think about all this?
Chris McCandless: I like all this.

Wayne Westerberg: Outdoorsman. What's your fascination with all that stuff?
Chris McCandless: I'm going to Alaska.
Wayne: Alaska, Alaska? Or city Alaska? Because they do have markets in Alaska. The city of Alaska. Not in Alaska. In the city of Alaska, they have markets.
Chris: No, man. Alaska, Alaska. I'm gonna be all the way out there, all the way fucking out there. Just on my own. You know, no fucking watch, no map, no ax, no nothing. No nothing. Just be out there. Just be out there in it. You know, big mountains, rivers, sky, game. Just be out there in it, you know? In the wild.
Wayne: In the wild.
Chris: Just wild.
Wayne: Yeah.
Chris: Just . . .
Wayne: What are you doing when we're there? Now you're in the wild, what are we doing?
Chris: You're just living, man. You're just there, in that moment, in that special place and time.
Wayne: Yeah.
Chris: Maybe when I get back, I can write a book about my travels.
Wayne: Why not?
Chris: You know, about getting out of this sick society. Society!
Wayne: [coughs] Society!
Chris: Society, man!
Wayne: Society!
Chris: Society! Society!
Wayne: Society!
Chris: Society, you know! Society! 'Cause you know what I don't understand? I don't understand why people, why every fucking person is so bad to each other so fucking often. It doesn't make sense to me. Judgment. Control. All that, the whole spectrum. Well, it just...
Wayne: What "people" we talking about?
Chris: You know, parents, hypocrites, politicians, pricks.
Wayne: [taps Chris' head] This is a mistake. It's a mistake to get too deep into all that kind of stuff. Alex, you're a hell of a young guy, a hell of a young guy. But I promise you this. You're a young guy! Can't be juggling blood and fire all the time!

Lee's Ferry Ranger: Can I help you?
Chris McCandless: Yeah. If I wanted to paddle down the river, where's the best place to launch out of?
Ranger: "To launch out of?" What's your experience level?
Chris: Not much.
Ranger: Any? Do you have a permit?
Chris: A permit? Permit for what?
Ranger: You can't paddle down the river without a permit. If you want, you can apply for one here, get some experience, and I'll put you on the wait-list.
Chris: There's a wait-list to paddle down a river?
Ranger: That's right.
Chris: Well, how long do I have to wait?
Ranger: Next available is May 17th, 2003.
Chris: Twelve years?
Ranger: What's that?
Chris: Twelve years? To paddle down a river.

Bull: Show me your face. I never, ever, ever forget a face. If I see yours again, I won't arrest you, I'll kill you. This is the goddamned railroad, and we will do whatever we have to do to keep you freeloaders from violating our liability.
Chris McCandless: Yes, sir.
Bull: You got any ID?
Chris: No, sir.
Bull: Of course you don't. Last time, my friend.

Tracy Tatro: You selling these books?
Chris McCandless: I am. We are. He was.

Chris McCandless: You want to come and eat? Or we'll sit here. Because I will sit here with you all night.
Tracy Tatro: Guys, come on. It's getting cold.

Chris McCandless: You're pretty magic.
Tracy Tatro: Yeah?
Chris: Yeah. And just remember if you want something in life, reach out and grab it.

Ron Franz: How long you been out here?
Chris McCandless: Couple of weeks.
Ron: And before that?

Ron Franz: Well, how old are you?
Christopher McCandless: Twenty-three.
Ron Franz: Twenty-three years old! Son, don't you think you ought to be getting an education? And a job? And making something of this life?
Chris McCandless: Look, Mr. Franz, I think careers are a 20th century invention, and I don't want one. You don’t need to worry about me, I have a college education. I’m not destitute; I'm living like this by choice.

Chris McCandless: I went to South Dakota. I worked at a grain elevator for this guy named Wayne. He was a really good guy. So I took the Colorodo River all the way down through the Grand Canyon and did rapids, which is by far one of the scariest things I've ever done. And I took the Colorado down into Mexico, Golfo, where I got stuck. Salvation Mountain. The Slabs.
Ron Franz: What's the "N" stand for?
Chris: North.

Ron Franz: I'm gonna miss you when you go.
Chris McCandless: I'll miss you, too, Ron. But you're wrong if you think that the joy of life comes principally from human relationships. God's placed it all around us. It's in everything. It's in anything we can experience. People just need to change the way they look at those things.
Ron: Yeah, I'm gonna take stock of that. No, I am. I am. But I wanted to tell you something. From the bits and pieces I put together, you know, from what you told me about your family, your mother and your dad. And I know you've got your problems with the church, too. But there's some kind of bigger thing we can all appreciate, and it sounds like you don't mind calling it God. But when you forgive, you love. And when you love, God's light shines on you.

Ron Franz: Well, my friend.
Chris McCandless: Yep.
Ron: I had an idea. You know, my mother was an only child and so was my father, and I was their only child, so when I'm gone, I'm the end of the line. My family will be finished. What do you say you let me adopt you? I could be, say, your grandfather.
Chris: Ron, could we talk about this when I get back from Alaska? Would that be okay?
Ron: Yeah, yeah. We can do that. Yeah.
Chris: All right, Ron. Thank you

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