Into the Wild


2h 20m 2007
Into the Wild

Brief Synopsis

Freshly graduated from college with a promising future, 22 year-old Christopher McCandless instead walked out of his privileged life and into the wild in search of adventure. What happened to him on the way transformed this young wanderer into an enduring symbol for countless people. Was Christopher McCandless a heroic adventurer or a naïve idealist, a rebellious 1990s Thoreau or another lost American son, a fearless risk-taker or a tragic figure who wrestled with the precarious balance between man and nature? McCandless' quest took him from the wheat fields of South Dakota to a renegade trip down the Colorado River to the non-conformists' refuge of Slab City, California, and beyond. Along the way, he encountered a series of colorful characters at the very edges of American society who shaped his understanding of life and whose lives he, in turn, changed. In the end, he tested himself by heading alone into the wilds of the great North, where everything he had seen and learned and felt came to a head in ways he never could have expected.

Film Details

Also Known As
En pleine nature, Erämaan armoille, Hacia Rutas Salvajes, In die Wildnis, Na Natureza Selvagem, O Lado Selvagem, Wszystko za zycie, Út a vadonba, Útek do divociny
MPAA Rating
R
Genre
Adaptation
Adventure
Drama
Release Date
2007
Production Company
Christie Mattull
Distribution Company
Paramount Vantage
Location
Astoria, Oregon, USA; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Boulder City, Nevada, USA; Bullhead City, Arizona, USA; Cantwell, Alaska, USA; Cape Disappointment, Washington, USA; Reno, Nevada, USA; Salton City, California, USA; Seattle, Washington, USA; Sisters, Oregon, USA; Slab City, California, USA; Topock, Arizona, USA; Winner, South Dakota, USA; Yuma, Arizona, USA; Carthage, South Dakota, USA; Catalina Island, California, USA; El Centro, California, USA; Fairbanks, Alaska, USA; Grand Canyon, Arizona, USA; Healy, Alaska, USA; Hot Springs, South Dakota, USA; Lake Mead, Arizona, USA; Lake Tahoe, California, USA; Las Vegas, Nevada, USA; Laughlin, Nevada, USA; Lee's Ferry, Arizona, USA; Los Angeles, California, USA; Mount Hood, Oregon, USA; Needles, California, USA; Page, Arizona, USA; Peach Springs, Arizona, USA; Parker, Arizona, USA; Palm Springs, California, USA; Portland, Oregon, USA; Ancorage, Alaska, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
2h 20m

Synopsis

Freshly graduated from college with a promising future, 22 year-old Christopher McCandless instead walked out of his privileged life and into the wild in search of adventure. What happened to him on the way transformed this young wanderer into an enduring symbol for countless people. Was Christopher McCandless a heroic adventurer or a naïve idealist, a rebellious 1990s Thoreau or another lost American son, a fearless risk-taker or a tragic figure who wrestled with the precarious balance between man and nature? McCandless' quest took him from the wheat fields of South Dakota to a renegade trip down the Colorado River to the non-conformists' refuge of Slab City, California, and beyond. Along the way, he encountered a series of colorful characters at the very edges of American society who shaped his understanding of life and whose lives he, in turn, changed. In the end, he tested himself by heading alone into the wilds of the great North, where everything he had seen and learned and felt came to a head in ways he never could have expected.

Crew

Russell Adams

Animal Wrangler

David Alexander

Cgi Artist

Jacob M Alsbrook

On-Set Dresser

Dorian Alvarez

Caterer

Christian Anguish

Transportation

Michael Antoniazzi

Production

Tim Arasheban

Lighting Technician

Tim Arasheban

Camera Assistant

Jack Arnet

Camera Assistant

Jacqueline Aronson

Costume Supervisor

Laura Atkins

Post-Production Accountant

Craig Ayers

Production Supervisor

Chet Badalato

Trainer

Chet Badalato

Driver

Don Baldwin

Location Manager

Chris Barnett

Sound Re-Recording Mixer

Mike Barrett

Cgi Artist

Chris A Basso

Driver

Eric J Bates

Property Master

Mychael Bates

Property Master

Abby Bean

Assistant

Mat Beck

Visual Effects Supervisor

Jim Beidler

Production

William A Benedict

Driver

Danielle Berman

Set Decorator

Julie Bernards

Accountant

Yael Bernstein

Transportation

Johnathan Birchfield

Greensman

Donald T Black

Special Effects Technician

Douglas Blagg

Rigging Grip

David Blocker

Executive Producer

Joe Bodle

Driver

William Boggs

Special Effects Technician

David Bone

Dolly Grip

Leslie Borchert

Art Department Coordinator

Ethan Borsuk

Camera Assistant

Joseph Brattesani

Digital Effects Artist

Michael Brook

Music

Floyd Brooks

Transportation

Justin Brown

Production Assistant

Brinon Bryan

Set Production Assistant

Chris Buchakjian

Best Boy Grip

Joe Camp

Animal Wrangler

Manuel R Campillo Morales

Location Manager

Glenn Cannon

Video Assist/Playback

George Capetanos

Props Assistant

George Capetanos

Assistant Property Master

Richard Carl

Production Assistant

Calvin Carlson

Transportation

Rachel Carlson

Medic

Vernon Carlson

Transportation

Tom Carson

Production Coordinator

Jay Cassidy

Editor

Elida Cerda

Medic

Pat Christman

Rigging Grip

Rupert Cole

Transportation

Iram Collantes

Production Supervisor

Matt Collorafice

Digital Effects Artist

Pj Connelly

Production

Fred Cornutt

Transportation

Jeff Couch

Transportation Captain

Mark Cross

Production Coordinator

Jon Crush

Assistant

Emily Dale

Transportation

Jeff Danoff

Stunts

Vernon Dautenhahn

Driver

Gary Davidson

Production

Scott Davis

Coordinator

Ken Day

Driver

Beatrice Dealba

Hair Stylist

Rene Defransche

Sound

Adrian Delude

Colorist

Sterfon Demings

Hair

Gerard Dery

Greensman

Robert Deschane

Adr Mixer

Sergio Diaz

Adr Editor

Colin Dibnah

Driver

Brian H Dierker

Coordinator

Dan Dierker

Transportation

Jennifer Dierker

Transportation Coordinator

Guin Dill

Animal Wrangler

Patrick J Donnelly

Electrician

Kathleen Driscoll-mohler

Casting Associate

P. Caleb Duffy

Location Manager

Francois Duhamel

Photography

Gregory M Dultz

Driver

Jim Eberle

Visual Effects Editor

George Egowa

Animal Services

Nicole Elderedge

Props Assistant

Mario R Escobar

Caterer

Jack Evans

Art Department

Amy E Fegely

Set Costumer

Carey Field

Set Production Assistant

Stephen Finders

Assistant Location Manager

Neale Fishback

Assistant Location Manager

Ed Fitzgerald

On-Set Dresser

Cliff Fleming

Helicopter Pilot

Bonni Flowers

Makeup Artist

Jack Foster

Electrician

Kevin Foster

Transportation

Will Fowler

Video Playback

David Franco

Music Supervisor

Mark Franke

Transportation

Michael Frayeh

Production Accountant

Donald L. Frazee

Special Effects Supervisor

Kathryn Galberth

Coordinator

Christina Garranchan

Digital Effects Artist

+ric Gautier

Director Of Photography

Justin George

Production Secretary

Nerses Gezalyan

Foley Mixer

Courtney Giauque

Assistant

Sean Gilbert

Camera Assistant

Kelli Gillam

Post-Production Accountant

Andrea Gold

Animal Wrangler

Jon Rush Gomez

Foreman

Gonzalo Gonzalez

Grip

Bruce M Gore

Animal Services

David Graham

On-Set Dresser

Lauren Grey

Casting Associate

Brian Gurney

Driver

Nancy Haecker

Location Manager

Carrie Hakanson

Animal Wrangler

David Haldeman

Driver

Raine Hall

Location Manager

Will Hall

Dolly Grip

Meg Halsey

Production Supervisor

Mary Claire Hannan

Costume Designer

David Harges

Gaffer

Barbara Harris

Adr Voice Casting

Steve Hart

Stunts

Darryl Hayes

Driver

Patrick Heffernan

Key Grip

Stan Heintzman

Production

Martin Heinzman

Production

Richard Henderson

Music Editor

Jimmie Hendricks

Greensman

Laura Hendricks

Greensman

Martin Hernandez

Sound Designer

Martin Hernandez

Supervising Sound Editor

Frank Hildebrand

Executive Producer

Derek R. Hill

Production Designer

Tyrone Hines

Driver

Lora Hirschberg

Sound Re-Recording Mixer

R J Hohman

Special Effects Technician

Dylan Hopkins

Assistant Director

Robert Huizenga

Medic

Scott Huke

On-Set Dresser

Stewart Iwamuro

Driver

John Jabaley

Location Manager

Darrell Janson

Driver

Eli Jarra

Digital Effects Artist

Jim Johnson

Driver

Colin F Jones

Boom Operator

James H Jones

Sculptor

Steven Jones

Transportation

Jacques Jouffret

Camera Operator

Al Kaminsky

Transportation Co-Captain

Matt Kaplinski

Transportation

Paul Kaye

Best Boy Electric

John J. Kelly

Unit Production Manager

John J. Kelly

Executive Producer

Timothy Kiehl

Production

Kaki King

Music

Todd Kolker

Post-Production Coordinator

Karen Korn

Camera Assistant

Seth Kotok

Camera Assistant

Luca Kouimelis

Script Supervisor

Jon Krakauer

Source Material

Bob Kredel

Transportation Coordinator

Dan Kubicek

Electrician

Lyle Lawing

Production Assistant

Ronald Lawler

Props Assistant

Kymber Lim

Visual Effects Producer

Scott Lingard

Special Effects Technician

Art Linson

Producer

Heather Long

Animal Wrangler

Marlow Long

Stunts

Brekke Lowe

Caterer

Peter Lowe

Caterer

David B Lyons

Assistant Location Manager

Joseph Magee

Music Engineer

Joseph Magee

Sound Mixer

Francine Maisler

Casting Director

Mike Maley

Electrician

Chandra Marrs

Animal Wrangler

Jolynn Martin

Assistant

John Marum

On-Set Dresser

Sato Masuzawa

Assistant

Robin Mathews

Makeup

Krystal Mathiesen

Accounting Assistant

Christie Mattull

Production Insurance

Michael J Mccombs

On-Set Dresser

Mark Mcdaniels

Stunts

Cole Mckay

Stunts

Brendan Mckeon

On-Set Dresser

Brandon Mcmillan

Animal Wrangler

Melissa Mcminn

Construction

Gordon Mcvay

On-Set Dresser

Meredith Meade

Assistant Production Coordinator

April Melcher

Animal Wrangler

Film Details

Also Known As
En pleine nature, Erämaan armoille, Hacia Rutas Salvajes, In die Wildnis, Na Natureza Selvagem, O Lado Selvagem, Wszystko za zycie, Út a vadonba, Útek do divociny
MPAA Rating
R
Genre
Adaptation
Adventure
Drama
Release Date
2007
Production Company
Christie Mattull
Distribution Company
Paramount Vantage
Location
Astoria, Oregon, USA; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Boulder City, Nevada, USA; Bullhead City, Arizona, USA; Cantwell, Alaska, USA; Cape Disappointment, Washington, USA; Reno, Nevada, USA; Salton City, California, USA; Seattle, Washington, USA; Sisters, Oregon, USA; Slab City, California, USA; Topock, Arizona, USA; Winner, South Dakota, USA; Yuma, Arizona, USA; Carthage, South Dakota, USA; Catalina Island, California, USA; El Centro, California, USA; Fairbanks, Alaska, USA; Grand Canyon, Arizona, USA; Healy, Alaska, USA; Hot Springs, South Dakota, USA; Lake Mead, Arizona, USA; Lake Tahoe, California, USA; Las Vegas, Nevada, USA; Laughlin, Nevada, USA; Lee's Ferry, Arizona, USA; Los Angeles, California, USA; Mount Hood, Oregon, USA; Needles, California, USA; Page, Arizona, USA; Peach Springs, Arizona, USA; Parker, Arizona, USA; Palm Springs, California, USA; Portland, Oregon, USA; Ancorage, Alaska, USA

Technical Specs

Duration
2h 20m

Award Nominations

Best Editing

2007

Best Supporting Actor

2007
Hal Holbrook

Articles

Into the Wild


The death of Christopher McCandless in 1992, alone and without food in the Alaskan wilderness, is a stark reminder that nature is indifferent. McCandless did not ask for his fate and nature did not work against him. It simply worked. It worked how it always has, with no regard for McCandless. After he set out from his home two years earlier to live a life free of obligations, removed from society, he found himself in an abandoned bus in the middle of the Alaskan frontier realizing that being a part of that society is what gave him happiness and meaning. Of course, by that moment, it was too late. He was found dead by hunters a couple of weeks after he died and his story quickly became a cautionary tale for the freedom-seeking rebel fleeing from the system. From article, to book, to documentary, to feature film, his story has been told many times but no better, or more emotionally satisfying, than in the 2007 film < b>Into the Wild, written and directed by Sean Penn.

The film does not tell its story from beginning to end in the form of a standard biopic. It weaves its way in and out of McCandless' life, from graduation to leaving home to death. It takes us in and out of his adventures and misadventures as we see him wandering slowly and unknowingly to his death. We know what will happen, of course, and perhaps that's why Penn chooses to make McCandless' story a patchwork. Taking us from beginning to end in an attempt to build suspense would be unnecessary and cheapen the story and the person.

Playing Christopher McCandless was relative newcomer at the time, Emile Hirsch, who is quite simply superb, taking McCandless from a cocky, smug youth ready to abandon the world to a weary and wise man alone and abandoned by nature. He grows old in those two years alone because the indifference of nature won't let him take any of this frivolously. Hirsch brings all of that to the role and Penn is probably the best director he could have had because while watching it, one cannot help but think that the only person better at playing McCandless would have been a young Sean Penn. Indeed, I would wager that Penn saw himself in Hirsch and both knew exactly what the other wanted from one day on the set to the next.

Speaking of the set, the scenes of McCandless' now famous bus lodging were done only 50 miles from the actual location of his death. Actually filming at the bus was not restricted, just too difficult. The bus itself is still there, visited by curiosity seekers every year.

Of course, since McCandless died alone we have only his diary entries to piece together his story and, as a result, much of the movie is only loosely based on what may have actually happened in the two years that led from McCandless leaving home to ending up in Alaska. Filling in these spaces is an assortment of some of the best talent Penn could assemble, from William Hurt and Marcia Gay Harden as McCandless's parents to Vince Vaughn, Kristen Stewart and Catherine Keener as people that he encounters along the way. Perhaps the most impactful, both in terms of character and performance, is Ron Franz, played to perfection by Hal Holbrook, who earned an Oscar nomination as a result.

Ron Franz is a retired man that meets up with McCandless and takes him in for a couple of months before McCandless heads off to the Alaskan wilderness. Franz teaches him the basics of leather work and McCandless makes his own belt, complete with an "N" for "North." Franz grows quite fond of him and in their final scene together before McCandless heads off, Franz relates to him how his parents were both only children and he himself was there only child. When he dies, the line is dead. He wants McCandless to become his grandson and offers to adopt him. Hal Holbrook plays the scene with heartbreaking power and when it ends, you feel his love for McCandless.

Penn also brought on Pearl Jam singer Eddie Vedder to do some of the musical work on the film and his song for the film, "Guaranteed," earned Vedder a Golden Globe as well as a Grammy nomination.

Penn's reputation as an actor is cemented in Hollywood history but his status as a writer and director has never gotten the same amount of attention, despite solid work pointing to real talent and skill behind the camera. His directorial feature film efforts have been few but they have all been confident, tight and effective. Despite this, he has never been Oscar-nominated for his directing efforts and a good nine-year gap filled the space between Into the Wild and his next feature film effort, The Last Face. Into the Wild takes a heartbreaking story but doesn't play it for cheap and easy sentiment, nor get preachy about the mistakes McCandless made. It observes, not indifferently, but cautiously and sharply. It's one of the best films of 2007.

Director: Sean Penn
Writer: Sean Penn (based on the book of the same name by Jon Krakauer)
Producers: Sean Penn, David Blocker, Frank Hildebrand, John J. Kelly, Art Linson, Bill Pohlad
Music: Michael Brook, Kaki King, Eddie Vedder
Cinematography: Eric Gautier
Film Editing: Jay Cassidy
Production Design: Derek R. Hill
Art Direction: John Richardson, Domenic Silvestri
Set Decoration: Danielle Berman, Christopher Neely
Costume Design: Mary Claire Hannan
Cast: Emile Hirsch (Chris McCandless), Marcia Gay Harden (Billie McCandless), William Hurt (Walt McCandless), Jena Malone (Carine McCandless), Catherine Keener (Jan Burres), Hal Holbrook (Ron Franz), Brian H. Dierker (Rainey), Kristen Stewart (Tracy Tatro), Vince Vaughn (Wayne Westerberg), Zach Galifianakis (Kevin), Thure Lindhardt (Mads), Signe Egholm Olsen (Sonja), Merritt Wever (Lori)

By Greg Ferrara
Into The Wild

Into the Wild

The death of Christopher McCandless in 1992, alone and without food in the Alaskan wilderness, is a stark reminder that nature is indifferent. McCandless did not ask for his fate and nature did not work against him. It simply worked. It worked how it always has, with no regard for McCandless. After he set out from his home two years earlier to live a life free of obligations, removed from society, he found himself in an abandoned bus in the middle of the Alaskan frontier realizing that being a part of that society is what gave him happiness and meaning. Of course, by that moment, it was too late. He was found dead by hunters a couple of weeks after he died and his story quickly became a cautionary tale for the freedom-seeking rebel fleeing from the system. From article, to book, to documentary, to feature film, his story has been told many times but no better, or more emotionally satisfying, than in the 2007 film < b>Into the Wild, written and directed by Sean Penn. The film does not tell its story from beginning to end in the form of a standard biopic. It weaves its way in and out of McCandless' life, from graduation to leaving home to death. It takes us in and out of his adventures and misadventures as we see him wandering slowly and unknowingly to his death. We know what will happen, of course, and perhaps that's why Penn chooses to make McCandless' story a patchwork. Taking us from beginning to end in an attempt to build suspense would be unnecessary and cheapen the story and the person. Playing Christopher McCandless was relative newcomer at the time, Emile Hirsch, who is quite simply superb, taking McCandless from a cocky, smug youth ready to abandon the world to a weary and wise man alone and abandoned by nature. He grows old in those two years alone because the indifference of nature won't let him take any of this frivolously. Hirsch brings all of that to the role and Penn is probably the best director he could have had because while watching it, one cannot help but think that the only person better at playing McCandless would have been a young Sean Penn. Indeed, I would wager that Penn saw himself in Hirsch and both knew exactly what the other wanted from one day on the set to the next. Speaking of the set, the scenes of McCandless' now famous bus lodging were done only 50 miles from the actual location of his death. Actually filming at the bus was not restricted, just too difficult. The bus itself is still there, visited by curiosity seekers every year. Of course, since McCandless died alone we have only his diary entries to piece together his story and, as a result, much of the movie is only loosely based on what may have actually happened in the two years that led from McCandless leaving home to ending up in Alaska. Filling in these spaces is an assortment of some of the best talent Penn could assemble, from William Hurt and Marcia Gay Harden as McCandless's parents to Vince Vaughn, Kristen Stewart and Catherine Keener as people that he encounters along the way. Perhaps the most impactful, both in terms of character and performance, is Ron Franz, played to perfection by Hal Holbrook, who earned an Oscar nomination as a result. Ron Franz is a retired man that meets up with McCandless and takes him in for a couple of months before McCandless heads off to the Alaskan wilderness. Franz teaches him the basics of leather work and McCandless makes his own belt, complete with an "N" for "North." Franz grows quite fond of him and in their final scene together before McCandless heads off, Franz relates to him how his parents were both only children and he himself was there only child. When he dies, the line is dead. He wants McCandless to become his grandson and offers to adopt him. Hal Holbrook plays the scene with heartbreaking power and when it ends, you feel his love for McCandless. Penn also brought on Pearl Jam singer Eddie Vedder to do some of the musical work on the film and his song for the film, "Guaranteed," earned Vedder a Golden Globe as well as a Grammy nomination. Penn's reputation as an actor is cemented in Hollywood history but his status as a writer and director has never gotten the same amount of attention, despite solid work pointing to real talent and skill behind the camera. His directorial feature film efforts have been few but they have all been confident, tight and effective. Despite this, he has never been Oscar-nominated for his directing efforts and a good nine-year gap filled the space between Into the Wild and his next feature film effort, The Last Face. Into the Wild takes a heartbreaking story but doesn't play it for cheap and easy sentiment, nor get preachy about the mistakes McCandless made. It observes, not indifferently, but cautiously and sharply. It's one of the best films of 2007. Director: Sean Penn Writer: Sean Penn (based on the book of the same name by Jon Krakauer) Producers: Sean Penn, David Blocker, Frank Hildebrand, John J. Kelly, Art Linson, Bill Pohlad Music: Michael Brook, Kaki King, Eddie Vedder Cinematography: Eric Gautier Film Editing: Jay Cassidy Production Design: Derek R. Hill Art Direction: John Richardson, Domenic Silvestri Set Decoration: Danielle Berman, Christopher Neely Costume Design: Mary Claire Hannan Cast: Emile Hirsch (Chris McCandless), Marcia Gay Harden (Billie McCandless), William Hurt (Walt McCandless), Jena Malone (Carine McCandless), Catherine Keener (Jan Burres), Hal Holbrook (Ron Franz), Brian H. Dierker (Rainey), Kristen Stewart (Tracy Tatro), Vince Vaughn (Wayne Westerberg), Zach Galifianakis (Kevin), Thure Lindhardt (Mads), Signe Egholm Olsen (Sonja), Merritt Wever (Lori) By Greg Ferrara

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Miscellaneous Notes

Voted one of the 10 best films of 2007 by the American Film Institute (AFI).

Winner of the 2007 award for Breakthrough Performance by an Actor (Emile Hirsch) by the National Board of Review (NBR).

Winner of the 2007 Golden Reel Award for Best Sound Editing: Music in a Feature Film by the Motion Picture Sound Editors (MPSE).

Winner of the Premiere section Fastweb Prize at the 2007 Rome International Film Festival.

Released in United States 2007

Released in United States Fall September 21, 2007

Released in United States October 2007

Released in United States on Video March 4, 2008

Shown at London Film Festival (Gala) October 17-November 1, 2007.

Shown at Rome International Film Festival (Premiere) October 18-27, 2007.

Based on the book "Into the Wild" written by Jon Krakauer published by Anchor; January 20, 1997.

Released in United States 2007 (Shown at London Film Festival (Gala) October 17-November 1, 2007.)

Released in United States 2007 (Shown at Telluride Film Festival August 31-September 3, 2007.)

Released in United States on Video March 4, 2008

Released in United States Fall September 21, 2007

Released in United States October 2007 (Shown at Rome International Film Festival (Premiere) October 18-27, 2007.)