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Into the Wild

Rated R for language and some nudity.

R In Theaters 09/21/2007 , 147min.
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Plot & Details

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.

Awards

Academy Awards

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2007 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Editing Nominated
2007 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Supporting Actor Hal Holbrook Nominated

Golden Globes

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2007 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Original Score Eddie Vedder Nominated
2007 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Original Score Michael Brook Nominated
2007 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Original Song Eddie Vedder Won
2007 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Original Score Kaki King Nominated

American Film Institute

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2007 American Film Institute Best Picture Won

Austin Film Critics

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2007 Austin Film Critics Best Picture Nominated

Broadcast Film Critics Association

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2007 Broadcast Film Critics Association Best Picture Nominated
2007 Broadcast Film Critics Association Best Writer Sean Penn Nominated
2007 Broadcast Film Critics Association Best Supporting Actress Catherine Keener Nominated
2007 Broadcast Film Critics Association Best Supporting Actor Hal Holbrook Nominated
2007 Broadcast Film Critics Association Best Director Sean Penn Nominated
2007 Broadcast Film Critics Association Best Actor Emile Hirsch Nominated

Chicago Film Critics Association

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2007 Chicago Film Critics Association Best Adapted Screenplay Sean Penn Nominated
2007 Chicago Film Critics Association Best Picture Nominated
2007 Chicago Film Critics Association Best Supporting Actor Hal Holbrook Nominated

Dallas/Fort Worth Film Critics Association

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2007 Dallas/Fort Worth Film Critics Association Best Picture Nominated

Detroit Film Critics Society

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2007 Detroit Film Critics Society Best Actor Emile Hirsch Nominated
2007 Detroit Film Critics Society Best Picture Nominated
2007 Detroit Film Critics Society Best Director Sean Penn Nominated
2007 Detroit Film Critics Society Best Supporting Actor Hal Holbrook Nominated
2007 Detroit Film Critics Society Best Supporting Actress Catherine Keener Nominated

Directors Guild of America

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
2007 Directors Guild of America Best Director Sean Penn Nominated

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