What's the Difference between Into the Wild the Book and Into the Wild the Movie?

Drama

Into the Wild

45%
Released: 1996
Author: Jon Krakauer

Into the Wild

55%
Released: 2007
Director: Sean Penn
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In the Book In the Movie
Chris McCandless
Chris McCandless
Portrayed by: Emile Hersch
Jan Burres
Jan Burres
Portrayed by: Katherine Keener
Wayne Esterberg
Wayne Esterberg
Portrayed by: Vince Vaugn
Ron Franz
Ron Franz
Portrayed by: Hal Holbrook
Jim Gallien
Jim Gallien
Portrayed by: Jim Galliem
Into the Wild Book vs Movie
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In the Book In the Movie
   The book goes into detail of Chris's childhood, highlighting events that show him as questioning society. Starts with college graduation.
   Chris takes a second trip to South Dakota, actually working for Wayne twice. Merged into one trip.
   Paints Chris as more abrasive. Ranting against authority when confronted. He replies rather abrasively, for example to the need for a hunting license. Chris is pretty easy going. An added scene is when he wants to raft down the Colorado River, he finds a way, peacefully, to find his own way.
   The author of the book actually gives his personal opions on the man he has never met and includes stories of his own adventure. The story sticks to Chris.
   These two did not exist. After rafting down the river he meets two Swedish people.
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