Into the Wild

Factual error: Most of the semi trucks shown in the movie are much newer than 1990, even 1992. One of the trucks that gives Chris a ride has a DOT color-coded inspection sticker in a style that was not around in the early 90's.

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Factual error: There is a shot in which Christopher/Alexander Supertramp looks up towards a railroad trestle. You see four Burlington Northern Santa Fe locomotives. The story takes place in the early 1990's, and the Burlington Northern and Santa Fe railroad companies had not merged yet. They merged in 1995. They have gone through a couple different locomotive paint schemes since then and the one shown in the shot is a modern day one.

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Christopher McCandless: Rather than love, than money, than faith, than fame, than fairness... Give me truth.

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When Chris is sleeping in his yellow car during the thunderstorm, he gets hit by a flash flood. Afterwards he abandons his car and removes his licence plates. His plates are: UW4-924. A few minutes later his parents decide to visit Chris in Atlanta. We then see a shot of a white car on the freeway, which has the exact same licence plate (UW4-924).

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While certain details of the story were altered for the confines of film, the characters Jan Burres played by Catherine Keener and Ronald Franz played by Hal Holbrook were both, according to research, entirely accurate. In fact when Jon Krakauer, the author of the book with the same name, contacted both people, they remembered Chris well and expressed great loss when learning of his death.

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