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Into the Wild (2007)

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Adventure, Biography, Drama |

Into the Wild is a American biographical adventure drama film written, co-produced, and directed by Sean Penn. It is an adaptation of the 1996 non-fiction book of the same name written by Jon Krakauer and tells the story of Christopher McCandless, a man who hiked across North America into the Alaskan wilderness in the early 1990s. The film stars Emile Hirsch as McCandless and Marcia Gay Harden and William Hurt as his parents; it also features Jena Malone, Catherine Keener, Brian Dierker, Vince Vaughn, Kristen Stewart, and Hal Holbrook.

The film premiered during the 2007 Rome Film Fest and later opened outside Fairbanks, Alaska on September 21, 2007. The film received critical acclaim and grossed $56 million worldwide. It was nominated for two Golden Globes and won the award for Best Original Song: “Guaranteed” by Eddie Vedder. It was also nominated for two Academy Awards: Best Editing and Best Supporting Actor for Holbrook.

In April 1992, Christopher McCandless arrives in a remote area just north of the Denali National Park and Preserve in Alaska. Noting McCandless’ unpreparedness, the stranger who drops him off gives him a pair of gumboots. McCandless travels into the wilderness and sets up a campsite in an abandoned city bus, which he calls “The Magic Bus.” At first, McCandless is content with the isolation, the beauty of nature around him, and the thrill of living off the land. He hunts with a .22 caliber rifle, reads books, and keeps a diary of his thoughts as he prepares himself for a new life in the wild.

Two years earlier, in May 1990, McCandless graduates with high honors from Emory University. Shortly afterwards, he rejects his conventional life by destroying all of his credit cards and identification documents. He donates nearly all of his savings to Oxfam and sets out on a cross-country drive in his Datsun 210 to experience life in the wilderness.

Director: Sean Penn

Writers: Sean Penn (screenplay), Jon Krakauer (book)

Stars: Emile Hirsch, Marcia Gay Harden, William Hurt, Jena Malone, Brian H. Dierker, Catherine Keener, Vince Vaughn

Cast:

Emile HirschChris McCandless
Marcia Gay HardenBillie McCandless
William HurtWalt McCandless
Jena MaloneCarine McCandless / Additional Narrator
Brian H. DierkerRainey (as Brian Dierker)
Catherine KeenerJan Burres
Vince VaughnWayne Westerberg
Kristen StewartTracy Tatro
Hal HolbrookRon Franz
Jim GallienJim Gallien
James O’NeillGraduation Reader (as James J. O’Neill)
Malinda McCollumWaitress
Paul KnaulsBuilding Manager
Zach GalifianakisKevin
Craig MutschWayne’s Crew #1
Jim BeidlerWayne’s Crew #2
John DeckerHutterite #1
John HoferHutterite #2
Jerry HoferHutterite #3
Terry WaldnerHutterite #4
Robin MathewsGail Borah
Candice CamposBar Girl
Steven WiigLee’s Ferry Ranger
Thure LindhardtMads
Signe Egholm OlsenSonja
Floyd WallMan in Phone Booth
Bryce WaltersChris McCandless – age 4
Jim DavisImmigration Officer
Cheryl Francis HarringtonSocial Worker
R.D. CallBull
Haley RammCarine McCandless – age 11
Merritt WeverLori
Everett ‘Insane Wayne’ SmithInsane Cain
John JabaleyAnnouncer
Leonard KnightLeonard Knight
Matt ContrerasBook Shopper #1
Denise SittonBook Shopper #2
Bart the BearBear
Sharon OldsAdditional Narrator (voice)
Carine McCandlessAdditional Narrator (voice)
Dan BurchPasserby (uncredited)
Joe DustinThe Beast (uncredited)
Golbon EghtedariGraduate (uncredited)
Alvin EllieHomeless Patron (uncredited)
Caroline GelabertGraduating Billie McCandless (uncredited)
Geri GilmoreOld Lady Tourist (uncredited)
Paul HaaschTrail Guide (uncredited)
Aaron Wayne HillBig Wheel Boy (uncredited)
Timothy LevineAtlanta Braves fan (uncredited)
Mad MartianGuy At Bar (uncredited)
Parris MostellerYoung Boy (voice) (uncredited)
Jenna RomeroProm Date (uncredited)
Rocky SelfPunk Rocker (uncredited)
J. Nathan SimmonsTourist (uncredited)
Susan SpencerParent (uncredited)
Haley SweetBank Teller (uncredited)
Edward TubbsBrown Bronco Driver (uncredited)

Sources: imdb & wikipedia

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