The Way Back (2010) - Plot Summary Poster

(I) (2010)

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  • In 1941, three men attempt to flee communist Russia, escaping a Siberian gulag. The film tells their story and that of four others who escaped with them and a teenage girl who joins them in flight. The group's natural leader is Janusz, a Pole condemned by accusations secured by torturing his wife, spent much of his youth outdoors, and knows how to live in the wild. They escape under cover of a snowstorm: a cynical American, a Russian thug, a comedic accountant, a pastry chef who draws, a priest, and a Pole with night blindness. They face freezing nights, lack of food and water, mosquitoes, an endless desert, the Himalayas, as well as many moral and ethical dilemmas throughout the journey towards freedom.

    - Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>, Shahob, Bellingham, WA, US
  • In 1939, the Polish military Janusz is accused of espionage by the Soviet Union. His wife is tortured and Janusz is sentenced to spend twenty years imprisoned in a Siberian gulag. When Janusz is assigned to work in the mines, he feels that the only chance to survive is escaping from the camp. He plots to break out with the bitter American Mr. Smith; the funny Yugoslavian accountant Zoran; the Polish chef and aspirant artist Tomasz Horodynsky; the Polish Kazik that has night blindness; and the Latvian priest Voss and is forced to admit the Russian criminal Valka in the group of escapees. Along their journey, they face snow storm, mosquitoes, hunger, the desert, sand storm, thirsty and they meet the fugitive teenager Irena that joins the group.

    - Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Siberian gulag escapees travel 4,000 miles by foot to freedom in India.

    - Written by wj2007


During WWII Janusz (Jim Sturgess), a young Polish officer held by Soviets as POW, is interrogated by NKVD (Stalinist secret security police)...

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