- Into the Wild (film)
name = Into the Wild
caption = Promotional film poster
Sean Penn Art Linson
Jon Krakauer(book) Sean Penn(screenplay)
Emile Hirsch Marcia Gay Harden William Hurt Jena Malone Catherine Keener Vince Vaughn Hal Holbrook Kristen Stewart
Michael Brook Kaki King Eddie Vedder
September 21, 2007
runtime = 148 min
language = English
budget = $15 million
gross = $51,519,343 [Worldwide Total Gross data from [http://www.boxofficemojo.com/movies/?id=intothewild.htm BoxOfficeMojo.com] as of July 17, 2008]
website = http://www.intothewild.com
amg_id = 1:352389
imdb_id = 0758758
"Into the Wild" is a 2007
filmbased on the 1996 non-fiction book of the same name by Jon Krakauerabout the adventures of Christopher McCandless. It was directed by Sean Penn, who also wrote the screenplay, and stars Emile Hirsch, Jena Malone, Marcia Gay Harden, Vince Vaughn, William Hurtand Catherine Keener. It premiered during the second edition of the Rome Film Feast, an Alaskan premier was given outside of Fairbanks on September 3, 2007, [cite web
title= 'Into the Wild' premieres in Fairbanks
author= The Associated Press
publisher= Anchorage Daily News
quote= The debut of “Into the Wild,” a movie directed by Sean Penn about a 24-year-old man who starved to death in the Alaska wilderness, drew a packed house Monday night.] a limited release was given on
September 21, before a wide release on October 19.
"Into the Wild" recounts the life of
Christopher McCandless, an actual student-athlete at Emory University, as told by his sympathetic sister. In response to his parents, whom McCandless perceives as materialistic, manipulative, and domineering, McCandless destroys all of his credit cards and identification documents, donates $24,000 (nearly his entire savings) to Oxfam, and sets out on a crosscountry drive in his well-used but reliable economy cartowards his ultimate goal: to live alone and off the land in Alaska. Along the way, he leaves his automobile in the course of a flash flood, to hitchhikehis way there after burning the remainder of his dwindling cash supply. Taking an unintentionally circuitous route, he encounters many unconventional individuals on his itinerary, such as a group of hippies, a farm owner ( Vince Vaughn), and a lonely leather worker who offers to adopt and be a grandfather to Christopher ( Hal Holbrook), as he purposefully trudges onward to his final destination, arriving in the wilds of Alaska nearly two years after his initial departure. He starts living in a "Magic Bus" serving as a shelter for people walking in the area (though in the film there is nobody else). Resourceful, McCandless finds joy in living off the land, and begins to write a book of his adventures. Unfortunately, as the spring thaw arrives, he is cut off from civilization by waterways. As his food supply lessens, he resorts to eating plants. Although he consults a brought-along book about the edibility of plants, he confuses an edible and a poisonous kind, which shuts down his digestive system forcing him to starve to death. As he dies, he continues to write, detailing his painful demise as a dramatic denouementto his autobiography.
Emile Hirschas Christopher McCandless/ "Alexander Supertramp"
Marcia Gay Hardenas Billie McCandless
William Hurtas Walt McCandless
Jena Maloneas Carine McCandless
Brian H. Dierkeras Rainey
Catherine Keeneras Jan Burres
Vince Vaughnas Wayne Westerberg
Kristen Stewartas Tracy Tatro
Hal Holbrookas Ron Franz
Zach Galifianakisas Kevin
Jim Gallienas Himself
The scenes of graduation from
Emory Universityin the film were shot in the fallof 2006on the front lawn of Reed College. Some of the graduation scenes were also filmed during the actual Emory Universitygraduation on May 15, 2006. [cite web|url=http://www.emorywheel.com/detail.php?n=17018 |title=Remake of "Nerds" Film Scrapped |accessdate=2008-01-29 |publisher= The Emory Wheel] The Alaska scenes depicting the area around the abandoned bus on the Stampede Trailwere 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 [citeweb|url=http://www.mensjournal.com/feature/M162/M162_TheCultofChrisMcCandless.html |title=The Cult of Chris McCandless |accessdate=2008-08-02 |publisher= Men's Journal] The production made four separate trips to Alaska to film during different seasons.
"Into the Wild" received strong positive reviews from critics. The review aggregator
Rotten Tomatoesreported that 83% of 155 reviews of the film were positive, resulting in a "Fresh" rating. [cite web|url=http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/into_the_wild/ |title=Into the Wild (Rotten Tomatoes) |accessdate=2007-12-31 |publisher= Rotten Tomatoes] Metacriticreported the film had an average score of 73 out of 100, based on 38 reviews. [cite web|url=http://www.metacritic.com/film/titles/intothewild |title=Into the Wild (2007): Reviews |accessdate=2007-12-31 |publisher= Metacritic] Roger Ebertof the " Chicago Sun-Times" gave the film 4 stars out of 4 and described the film as "spellbinding". Ebert wrote that Emile Hirschgives 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. [cite web|url=http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070927/REVIEWS/709270305 |title=:: rogerebert.com :: Reviews :: Into the Wild (xhtml) |accessdate=2007-12-31 |author= Roger Ebert|date= 2007-09-28|work= Chicago Sun-Times]
American Film Institutelisted the film as an AFI Movie of the Year for 2007. [cite web | last = | first = | authorlink = | coauthors = | title = No Country for Old Men, Juno named to AFI's Top 10 of year | work = | publisher = CBC | date = 2007-12-17| url = http://www.cbc.ca/arts/film/story/2007/12/17/afi-top-films.html?ref=rss | format = | doi = | accessdate = 2007-12-31] National Board of Reviewnamed it one of the [http://www.nbrmp.org/awards/awards.cfm?award=Top%20Ten%20Films Top Ten Films of the Year] .
Top ten lists
The film appeared on many critics' top ten lists of the best films of 2007.cite web|url=http://www.metacritic.com/film/awards/2007/toptens.shtml |title=Metacritic: 2007 Film Critic Top Ten Lists |accessdate=2008-01-04 |publisher=
Ben Lyons" The Daily 10" [cite web |url=http://uk.eonline.com/photos/gallery.jsp?galleryUUID=360de45f-1c26-41c1-99be-839812e57f83#7513b1e5-e81e-4d55-b83b-7e8b855fdef7 |title=Ben Lyons' Top 10 Films of 2007 - Photo Gallery |accessdate=2008-07-23 |publisher= E!]
Ann Hornaday, " The Washington Post"
*2nd - Tasha Robinson, "
The A.V. Club"
James Berardinelli, ReelViews
Kevin Crust, " Los Angeles Times"
Peter Travers, " Rolling Stone" [ Travers, Peter, ( December 19, 2007) [http://www.rollingstone.com/news/story/17686508/peter_travers_best_and_worst_movies_of_2007/3 "Peter Travers' Best and Worst Movies of 2007"] "Rolling Stone". Retrieved 2007-12-20]
Kyle Smith, " New York Post"
Claudia Puig, " USA Today"
David Germain, Associated Presscite web|url=http://www.columbiatribune.com/2007/Dec/20071227Go!013.asp |title='No Country for Old Men' earns nod from AP critics |accessdate=2007-12-31 |author=David Germain |coauthors=Christy Lemire |date= 2007-12-27|publisher=Associated Press, via Columbia Daily Tribune]
Joe Morgenstern, " The Wall Street Journal"
Carrie Rickey, " The Philadelphia Inquirer"
Steven Rea, " The Philadelphia Inquirer"
A.O. Scott, " The New York Times" (tied with "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly")
Noel Murray, " The A.V. Club"
Christy Lemire, Associated Press
Roger Ebert, " Chicago Sun-Times"
65th Golden Globe Awards[cite web|url=http://www.goldenglobes.org/nominations/year/2007 |title=65th Golden Globe Awards Nominations & Winners |accessdate=2008-01-13 |publisher=goldenglobes.org]
**Best Original Song - Motion Picture ("Guaranteed")
**Best Feature Film
Mill Valley Film Festival
**Best Actor (
National Board of Review
**Breakthrough Performance - Male (
Palm Springs International Film Festival
**Director of the Year Award (
**Rising Star Award Actor (
Rome Film Feast
**Jury Award (
William Pohlad), ( Art Linson), ( Sean Penn)
São Paulo International Film Festival
**Best Foreign Language Film (
80th Academy Awardscite web|url=http://www.oscars.org/80academyawards/nominees/index.html |title=Nominees - 80th Annual Academy Awards |accessdate=2008-01-22 |publisher=Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences]
**Best Supporting Actor (
**Best Film Editing
65th Golden Globe Awardscite web|url=http://www.goldenglobes.org/news/id/81 |title=HOLLYWOOD FOREIGN PRESS ASSOCIATION 2008 GOLDEN GLOBE AWARDS FOR THE YEAR ENDED DECEMBER 31, 2007 |accessdate=2007-12-17 |date= 2007-12-13|publisher=goldenglobes.org]
**Best Original Score - Motion Picture (
Michael Brook, Kaki King, Eddie Vedder)
American Cinema Editors
**Best Edited Feature Film - Dramatic
*Broadcast Film Critics Association
**Best Actor (
**Best Supporting Actor (
**Best Supporting Actress (
**Best Director (
**Best Writer (
**Best Song ("Guaranteed")
Chicago Film Critics Association Awards
**Best Screenplay - Adapted (
**Best Supporting Actor (
Directors Guild of America Awards
**Best Director - Film (
Cinema Audio Society
**Outstanding Achievement in Sound Mixing for Motion Pictures
Costume Designers Guild Awards
**Excellence in Costume Design for Film - Contemporary
Film Critics Circle of Australia Awards
**Best Foreign Film - English Language (
**Best Song Written for Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media ("Guaranteed")
**Breakthrough Award (
**Best Original Song ("Rise")
*Screen Actors Guild Awards
**Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
**Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role (
**Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role (
**Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role (
USC Scripter Award
**USC Scripter Award (
Sean Penn) (screenwriter), ( Jon Krakauer) (author)
Writers Guild of America Awards
**Best Adapted Screenplay (
Box office performance
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 March 23, 2008, the film has grossed $18,349,124 domestically and $29,224,879 worldwide. In total, the film has grossed $47,574,003. [cite web|url=http://boxofficemojo.com/movies/?id=intothewild.htm |title=Into the Wild (2007) |accessdate=2008-01-05 |publisher= Box Office Mojo]
Home video release
"Into the Wild" was released on
4 March, 2008 as a standard DVD, [ [http://www.amazon.com/dp/B000ZN802W/ Amazon.com: Into the Wild] ] Two-Disc Special Collector's Edition DVD, [ [http://www.amazon.com/dp/B000ZN8036/ Amazon.com: Into the Wild (Two-Disc Special Collector's Edition)] ] and standard HD DVD. [ [http://www.amazon.com/dp/B000ZN803G/ Amazon.com: Into The Wild (HD DVD)] ] The standard DVD contains the feature film, audio commentary, and trailer. The special edition DVD and HD DVD additionally contain two special features entitled "The Story, The Characters" and "The Experience". The Blu-ray Discedition was released in France on 16 July2008. [ http://www.dvdrama.com/news-26541-preview-into-the-wild-en-dvd-blu-ray.php fr] The Blu-ray edition for the U.S. will be released on 16 December2008. [http://www.highdefdigest.com/news/show/Disc_Announcements/Paramount/Into_the_Wild_Coming_to_Blu-ray/2109]
The soundtrack is performed by
Eddie Vedder, guitarist and lead singer of Pearl Jam, Jerry Hannanwith his song "Society", and Kaki King. Vedder won a Golden Globe for Best Original Song for the song "Guaranteed".
* [http://www.intothewild.com/ Official site]
* [http://www.moviesmackdown.com/2008/08/into-the-wild-2.html "Into the Wild -vs- Cast Away"] on
* [http://outside.away.com/outside/features/1993/1993_into_the_wild_1.html The original article written by John Krakauer and published in Outside Magazine]
* [http://outside.away.com/outside/culture/200709/into-the-wild-movie-1.html Outside Magazine interview with the Director and Cast of "Into the Wild"]
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