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Into the Wild is writer/director Sean Penn's adaptation of the popular book by Jon Krakauer, a nonfiction account of the post-collegiate wanderings of a young Virginia man, who divorces himself from his friends, family, and possessions in search of a greater spiritual knowledge and communion with nature. Upon his 1990 graduation from Emory University in Atlanta, Christopher McCandless (Emile Hirsch) walks away from a loving if dysfunctional family and sends his nearly 25,000-dollar life savings to Oxfam International. Instead of the normal life his parents planned for him, Chris rechristens himself "Alexander Supertramp" and heads west in his beaten-up automobile until it no longer runs, at which point he takes up hitchhiking. The goal on the horizon? Alaska. By hook or by crook -- but without his limited cash, which he symbolically sets aflame -- Chris/Alexander determines to make it to his personal promised land, with stops along the way to experience America and its people. These adventures include a kayak trip down dangerous rapids, a gig working in a grain mill, extended stays with a hippie couple and a kindly old widower -- and enough cold, hunger, and exhaustion to leave him emotionally defeated more than once. Meanwhile, his parents (William Hurt and Marcia Gay Harden) and sister (Jena Malone) haven't received so much as a postcard from him, and begin to fear the worst. Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder composed the contemplative soundtrack. ~ Derek Armstrong, Rovi

  • Release date:September 21, 2007

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Jay Cassidy Best Editing 2007 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Kaki King Best Original Score 2007 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Michael Brook Best Original Score 2007 Nominee
Writers Guild of America Sean Penn Best Adapted Screenplay 2007 Nominee
Broadcast Film Critics Association Sean Penn Best Director 2007 Nominee
Broadcast Film Critics Association Sean Penn Best Writer 2007 Nominee
Detroit Film Critics Society Sean Penn Best Director 2007 Nominee
Directors Guild of America Sean Penn Best Director 2007 Nominee
Chicago Film Critics Association Sean Penn Best Adapted Screenplay 2007 Nominee
Screen Actors Guild Catherine Keener Best Supporting Actress 2007 Nominee
Broadcast Film Critics Association Catherine Keener Best Supporting Actress 2007 Nominee
Detroit Film Critics Society Catherine Keener Best Supporting Actress 2007 Nominee
National Board of Review Emile Hirsch Best Breakthrough Performance by an Actor 2007 Winner
Screen Actors Guild Emile Hirsch Best Actor 2007 Nominee
Broadcast Film Critics Association Emile Hirsch Best Actor 2007 Nominee
Detroit Film Critics Society Emile Hirsch Best Actor 2007 Nominee
Screen Actors Guild Hal Holbrook Best Supporting Actor 2007 Nominee
Utah Film Critics Hal Holbrook Best Supporting Actor 2007 Nominee
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Hal Holbrook Best Supporting Actor 2007 Nominee
Broadcast Film Critics Association Hal Holbrook Best Supporting Actor 2007 Nominee
Detroit Film Critics Society Hal Holbrook Best Supporting Actor 2007 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Hal Holbrook Best Supporting Actor 2007 Nominee
Chicago Film Critics Association Hal Holbrook Best Supporting Actor 2007 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Eddie Vedder Best Original Song 2007 Winner
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Eddie Vedder Best Original Score 2007 Nominee

Cast

Emile Hirsch
as Christopher McCandless
Marcia Gay Harden
as Billie McCandless
William Hurt
as Walt McCandless
Jena Malone
as Carine McCandless
Catherine Keener
as Jan Burres
Brian Dierker
as Rainey
Vince Vaughn
as Wayne Westerberger
Zach Galifianakis
as Kevin
Kristen Stewart
as Tracy
Hal Holbrook
as Ron Franz

Crew

Sean Penn
Director
Sean Penn
Producer
William Pohlad
Producer
Art Linson
Producer
Sean Penn
Screenwriter
Éric Gautier
Cinematographer
Kaki King
Composer (Music Score)
Michael Brook
Composer (Music Score)
Eddie Vedder
Composer (Music Score)
Eddie Vedder
Songwriter
Derek R. Hill
Production Designer
John Richardson
Art Director
Domenic Silvestri
Art Director
Frank Hildebrand
Executive Producer
David Blocker
Executive Producer
Christopher Neely
Set Decorator
Danielle Berman
Set Decorator
Mary Claire Hannan
Costume Designer
Edward Tise
Sound/Sound Designer
David J. Webb
First Assistant Director
Francine Maisler
Casting
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