Into the Wild

Into the Wild

Sean Penn (2007)

15 Certificate


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The allure of the American wilderness is at the heart of this profoundly moving true story about amateur adventurer Christopher McCandless. In 1990, the 22-year-old college graduate abandoned his middle-class family and hitch-hiked across the country. His destination: a life of solitary contemplation in the snowy wastes of Alaska. Basing his screenplay on John Krakauer's bestselling biography, writer/director Sean Penn follows McCandless (played with tragic boyishness by Emile Hirsch) on his Thoreau-inspired quest to commune with nature. Penn's camera captures the grandeur of the American landscape magnificently, yet what really impresses is Hirsch's intuitive performance. His adventures on the road are offset by an intermittent voiceover from Carine McCandless (Jena Malone) detailing the impact of her brother's disappearance on their buttoned-down parents (the excellent William Hurt and Marcia Gay Harden). Celebrating McCandless's beatnik philosophy while refusing to ignore his inherent selfishness, Penn crafts an entrancing movie that is by turns uplifting and tragic.


Sean Penn's fact-based drama, based on the true story of Chris McCandless, who decided to abandon the trappings of modern life in favour of living in the wilderness. Giving away all his money and possessions, he embarked on a journey across America, intending to settle in the wilds of Alaska. However, he proved ill-prepared for the challenges he would have to face. Starring Emile Hirsch, Marcia Gay Harden and William Hurt.

Cast & Crew

Chris McCandless Emile Hirsch
Billie McCandless Marcia Gay Harden
Walt McCandless William Hurt
Carine McCandless Jena Malone
Jan Burres Catherine Keener
Wayne Westerberg Vince Vaughn
Tracy Tatro Kristen Stewart
Ron Franz Hal Holbrook
Director Sean Penn
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: ParamountGuidance: Swearing.Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 9 Nov 2007