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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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Father Sandoval
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French Mortician
Angelica (as Angela Molina)


"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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Release Date:

19 November 2010 (Spain)  »

Also Known As:

El camino  »

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Opening Weekend:

£104,397 (UK) (13 May 2011)


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

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After driving the length of the Camino with his young adult grandson, Martin Sheen initially suggested that a documentary be made to promote pilgrimage and honor the Camino. However, his son Emilio Estevez thought that an independent commercial vehicle would be a better way to go. See more »


Some shots used later in the movie are clearly given the views, locations around St Jean that would only be walked on Day 1 of the trek from St Jean into Spain. See more »


Joost: I bought same liquor. Orujo. It's from Galicia. It's made of eighteen different herbs, and so secret that has to be squeezed by blind monks.
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User Reviews

Simple yet impressive !
2 November 2011 | by (Seattle, United States) – See all my reviews

I really liked this film. It made me feel good. I loved the beautiful countryside camera shots. Those alone are worthy of National Geographic. The parts between conversations had a calming effect on me along with the soundtrack. I thought Martin Sheen did very well as did the other actors. They all worked so well together and by the end of the movie you could see they spent a lot of time together on the set and honestly got along or so it seemed and thats what made the movie impressive. Wonderful movie to watch with an uplifting vibe and quirky characters with a real bond make this a definite must see. I can actually see myself watching this for a second time and that's rare in films for me. Enjoy !

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