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The Way (I) (2010)

PG-13  |   |  Adventure, Comedy, Drama  |  19 November 2010 (Spain)
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A father heads overseas to recover the body of his estranged son who died while traveling the "El camino de Santiago," and decides to take the pilgrimage himself.



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"The Way" is a powerful and inspirational story about family, friends and the challenges we face while navigating this ever-changing and complicated world. Martin Sheen plays Tom, an American doctor who comes to St. Jean Pied de Port, France to collect the remains of his adult son (played by Emilio Estevez), killed in the Pyrenees in a storm while walking the Camino de Santiago, also known as The Way of Saint James. Rather than return home, Tom decides to embark on the historical pilgrimage to honor his son's desire to finish the journey. What Tom doesn't plan on is the profound impact the journey will have on him and his "California Bubble Life". Inexperienced as a trekker, Tom soon discovers that he will not be alone on this journey. On his journey, Tom meets other pilgrims from around the world, each with their own issues and looking for greater meaning in their lives: a Dutchman (Yorick van Wageningen), a Canadian (Deborah Kara Unger) and an Irish writer (James Nesbitt), who is ... Written by The Way

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Life is too big to walk it alone.


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£104,397 (UK) (13 May 2011)


$4,430,650 (USA) (9 March 2012)

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Yorick van Wageningen plays a Dutch pilgrim on the Camino de Santiago in Spain. The Netherlands were a part of the Spanish kingdom before they fought the Eighty Years War to gain their independence. Spain and the Netherlands were also the final two nations in the 2010 World Cup, with Spain emerging the victor. See more »


When Tom starts his walk you see him come through the archway near St Jean-Pied-de-Port's Church. He turns left and then the Captain Henri corrects him and tells him the Camino starts over a small bridge. Neither Tom or Henri's route are actually on the Camino which should run straight over the River Nive directly from the archway and up the Rue D'Espagne out of town. See more »


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Simple but engaging road movie
21 February 2011 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

Like most road movies, this is as much about the characters' inward journey as it is about getting from A to B. At times it is too sentimental for my taste and some of the encounters seem rather artificial. But it has considerable warmth, humanity and good humour.

I saw this at the BFI in London at a screening attended by Emilio Estevez and Martin Sheen. They are very proud of their film and it obviously means a lot to them, as father and son. They came across as intelligent and socially aware people, which was great to see.

During the discussion, a member of the audience pointed out the parallels with "The Wizard of Oz", something which I confess escaped me while the film was on but seemed perfectly obvious when I heard it. So watch out for that if you see the movie, and also look out for a cameo by Matt Clark, veteran character actor and, apparently, good friend of MArtin Sheen.

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