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Powerfully moving and emotionally resonant, Wild finds director Jean-Marc Vallée and star Reese Witherspoon working at the peak of their respective powers.



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With the dissolution of her marriage and the death of her mother, Cheryl Strayed has lost all hope. After years of reckless, destructive behavior, she makes a rash decision. With absolutely no experience, driven only by sheer determination, Cheryl hikes more than a thousand miles of the Pacific Crest Trail, alone. WILD powerfully captures the terrors and pleasures of one young woman forging ahead against all odds on a journey that maddens, strengthens, and ultimately heals her. (c) Fox Searchlight


Mo McRae
as Jimmy Carter
Randy Schulman
as Therapist
Kurt Conroyd
as Greg's Friend
Ted DeChatelet
as Greg's Friend
Jeffree Newman
as Greg's Friend
Debra Pralle
as Saleswoman
Beth Hall
as Desk Clerk
Jan Hoag
as Annette (Frank's Wife)
Art Alexakis
as Tattoist
Jason Newell
as Cheryl's Dad
Barry O'Neil
as Young Suit #1
Barry O'Neill
as Young Suit #1
Richard Morris
as Young Suit #2
Bobbi Strayed Lindstrom
as Cheryl (6 Yrs Old)
Robert Alan Barnett
as Man At Gas Station
William Nelson
as Leif (3 Yrs Old)
Tony Doupe
as Man Behind Counter
Dan Considine
as Weird Dude
Andrew Saunderson
as Outdoor Store Clerk
Greg James (XII)
as Man At The Hotel Bar
Orianna Herrman
as Paul's Girlfriend
Brian Borcherdt
as Grateful Dead Cover Band
Eric D. Johnson
as Grateful Dead Cover Band
Edric Carter
as Male Nurse
Matthew Noyes
as Grateful Dead Fan Musician
John Dickerson, Jr.
as Grateful Dead Fan Musician
Denise McSweeny
as Toll Booth Operator
Alina Gatti
as College Freshman
Henry Shotwell
as Son Of Man At Gas Station
Cheryl Strayed
as Woman in Truck
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  • Sep 07, 2017
    The story of a woman walking the Pacific Crest Trail in the mid-90s is interrupted by flashbacks, in which we slowly learn what made her go there in the first place. Sometimes you wish you could stay with nature a little more, some sequences feel a little short before we get another depressing look back. But Witherspoon is excellent in both time frames and holds them together. The cinematography is great and the ending very satisfying and touching. While you feel the character has earned her redemption, you're also glad to have followed her along the way, even though it is exhausting at times.
    Jens S Super Reviewer
  • Mar 28, 2016
    Beautifully shot and lit, Wild features a strong performance from Reese Witherspoon. It's more than a little awards-baiting but is nicely made, and is especially good at portraying memory and inner monologue, that reminded me more than a little of 127 hours.
    Daniel P Super Reviewer
  • Jan 20, 2016
    What a beautiful movie, and what a performance by Reese Witherspoon! I was captivated by the story of a young woman whose life had gone off the rails after her mother died. I would have liked a bit more on what prompted her to set off on the amazing journey along the Pacific COast Trail, but her quest to find herself was a moving experience. From the opening scene I was emotionally invested in this young woman who bravely tested her physical and emotional limits and found reserves she had previously left untapped. Even now, nearly twenty-four hours later, the emotions are welling up. The story does show us what sent her life into a tailspin, in tiny little snatches of flashback which one can assume is how her psyche began to process what she had allowed to become of the young girl who idolized her mother. The scenery was breathtaking and the portrayal of Cheryl Strayed's odyssey was in my mind flawless. Now that I finally got to see this, I am doubly disappointed that Reese was passed over for an Oscar. She definitely stretched the mold with this meaty role.
    Mark A Super Reviewer
  • Jan 15, 2016
    The fragile humanity at the core of this redemptive tale of survival is what attracts and holds us to the screen. Witherspoon and Dern excel in this story without heroic aspirations, content to dwell on the very real objective of learning to forgive ourselves in the face of a mountain of personal weakness and damnation. Beautiful filmmaking.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer

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