7.4/10
24,624
131 user 130 critic

The Way (2010)

Trailer
1:53 | Trailer

Watch Now

From $1.99 (SD) on Amazon Video

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.

Director:

Writers:

(written for the screen by), (book)
Reviews
Popularity
3,845 ( 223)
1 win & 8 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Tom
...
...
...
...
Romy Baskerville ...
...
...
William Holden ...
Cal
...
Joe Torrenueva ...
Father Sandoval
...
Stéphane Dausse ...
French Mortician
...
Angelica (as Angela Molina)
...
Edit

Storyline

"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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Life is too big to walk it alone.


Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

|

Language:

| |

Release Date:

19 November 2010 (Spain)  »

Also Known As:

El camino  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

£104,397 (UK) (13 May 2011)

Gross:

$4,430,650 (USA) (9 March 2012)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

| |

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Tom (Martin Sheen) places bits of his son's ashes at various places on El Camino to signify that his son is making the journey with him. Though touching, this goes against Catholic teaching - cremation is allowed, but all of a person's ashes are to be kept together, in one place. Scattering or dividing the ashes is officially not allowed. See more »

Goofs

Somewhere before Pamplona we see Joost go on while Tom stays at a small village with an albergue with an outside meal where he meets Sarah for the first time. There is in fact no village or albergue between Roncesvalles and Pamplona that this could be. The village would have to be Zubiri or Larrasoana, neither of which look like the filmed location. See more »

Quotes

Joost: What, you can do this on a bike? Why the hell are we walking? Oh that's ridiculous man.
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

 
My 393rd Review: Treads Lightly But Very Nicely...
27 March 2011 | by (the big screen) – See all my reviews

This beautiful simple and involving film is one of the better films I've seen in the past couple of years. It does what the best of cinema can - it moves us, and reminds us that life is a journey full of chance encounters and that its not all serendipity, but we can walk on too.

Matin Sheen and his son, Emilio Estevez, make a winning team here - the direction, though straightforward is, like Ron Howard, filled with memorable scenes and images that linger. Sheen himself is always good at taking us with him - his half-amused, half-bemused style suits this perfectly. As he travels on the old pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compostela to deal with tragic loss he meets and forms a group with three other pilgrims.

All in all, the overall experience of watching this is simply pleasure

  • and like Danny Boyle's films, it seems simple but it is a complete


experience. The Way is human, emotive, emotional, and sincere, and for this viewer a good journey.


77 of 92 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?