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Life is too big to walk it alone.
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Martin Sheen ... Tom

Emilio Estevez ... Daniel

Deborah Kara Unger ... Sarah

Yorick van Wageningen ... Joost

James Nesbitt ... Jack
Romy Baskerville ... Eunice

Renée Estevez ... Doreen

David Alexanian ... Roger
William Holden ... Cal

Spencer Garrett ... Phil
Joe Torrenueva ... Father Sandoval

Tchéky Karyo ... Captain Henri
Stéphane Dausse ... French Mortician

Ángela Molina ... Angelica (as Angela Molina)

Simón Andreu ... Don Santiago
Patxi Pérez ... Waiter
Joan Díez ... Carlo

Carlos Leal ... Jean
Anthony Von Seck ... Setar Playing Pilgrim

Matt Clark ... Padre Frank
Eusebio Lázaro ... El Ramón
José Luis Molina ... Policeman #1
José Javier Ruiz ... Policeman #2

Omar Muñoz ... Gypsy Boy

Antonio Gil ... Ishmael
Coro El Encuento Burgos ... Gypsy Singers
Alfonso Delgado ... Penitente #1
Víctor Molero ... Penitente #2
Manuel Calvo ... Penitente #3 (as Manu Calvo)
Milagros Alcalde Díez ... El Molino Inkeeper
Maximiano Benito Nebreda ... El Molino Inkeeper
Santi Prego ... Santiago Office Clerk

Directed by
Emilio Estevez 
Writing credits
Emilio Estevez (written for the screen by)

Jack Hitt (book "Off the Road: A Modern-Day Walk Down the Pilgrim's Route Into Spain")

Produced by
David Alexanian .... producer
Johannes Brinkmann .... associate producer
Inma Castaño .... delegate producer: Filmax Animation
Trevor Drinkwater .... executive producer
Emilio Estevez .... producer
Ramon Gerard Estevez .... executive producer
Taylor Estevez .... associate producer
Julio Fernández .... executive producer (as Julio Fernandez)
Julio Fernández .... producer (as Julio Fernandez)
Teresa Gefaell .... delegate producer: Castelao
Alberto Marini .... executive producer
Lisa Niedenthal .... co-producer
Janet Sheen .... executive producer (as Janet Templeton)
John Sloss .... executive producer
Stewart Till .... executive producer
Original Music by
Tyler Bates 
Cinematography by
Juan Miguel Azpiroz (director of photography) (as Juanmi Azpiroz)
Film Editing by
Richard Chew 
Raúl Dávalos 
Casting by
J.C. Cantu 
Mary Vernieu 
Production Design by
Víctor Molero 
Art Direction by
Israel Pérez 
Tanja Wahlbeck  (as Tania Wahlbeck)
Costume Design by
Tatiana Hernández  (as Tatiana Hernandez)
Makeup Department
Karina Arbulú .... assistant hair stylist
Karina Arbulú .... assistant makeup artist
Raquel Fidalgo .... makeup artist
Carmela Maellas .... hair stylist
Production Management
Toni Novella .... line producer
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Manuel Calvo .... first assistant director
Emilio Martínez-Borso .... second assistant director (as Emilio Martinez-Borso)
Art Department
Pablo Alvarado .... props buyer (as Pablo Alvarado Saco)
Rubén Delgado .... stand-by props (as Rubén Delgado Garcia)
Miguel Val Eguren .... art department production assistant
Miren Jone Ernaga .... art department production assistant
Susanna Fernàndez .... props assistant (as Susana Fernández)
Raúl Hernández .... art department production assistant
Cristian Lecea .... art department production assistant
Diego Marín Continente .... art department production assistant
Angela Mejís .... art department production assistant
Sound Department
Ron Bedrosian .... adr mixer
Aitor Berenguer .... sound recordist
Dave Bergstrom .... sound mix stage engineer
John Bires .... additional audio
Eddie Bydalek .... sound mix technician
Julio Carmona .... adr recordist
Joe Dzuban .... sound effects editor
Justin Dzuban .... sound effects editor
Thom 'Coach' Ehle .... sound consultant: Dolby
Coque F. Lahera .... boom operator (as Coque Fernandez)
Paul Flinchbaugh .... digital assistant
Arda Gulesserian .... additional audio
Catherine Harper .... foley crew
Chris Jenkins .... re-recording mixer
Kimberly Jimenez .... additional audio
Darrin Mann .... foley crew
Bill Meadows .... sound re-recording recordist
Frank A. Montaño .... re-recording mixer
Glenn T. Morgan .... supervising sound designer
Glenn T. Morgan .... supervising sound editor
Kelsey T. Morgan .... additional audio (as Kelsey Taylor Morgan)
Christopher Moriana .... foley crew
Paul Rodriguez .... additional audio
Kyle Seo .... additional audio
Kirsten Smith .... Supervisor Of Feature Sound (Universal )
Kirsten Smith .... supervisor of feature sound: Universal
Peter Staubli .... adr editor
Peter Staubli .... dialogue editor
Rich Toenes .... additional audio
Ben Wilkins .... additional sound re-recording mixer: pre-dubs
Ben Wilkins .... sound effects supervisor
David Young .... additional audio
Miguel Barbosa .... dubbing technician: Gallego (uncredited)
Brit Bradley .... sound utility (uncredited)
Tyler Claridge .... adr recordist (uncredited)
Tim West .... adr mixer (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Anthony S. Ciccarelli .... special effects technician (as Anthony Ciccarelli)
Joaquín Dorado .... special effects technician
Raúl Romanillos .... special effects supervisor
Visual Effects by
Chad E. Collier .... digital intermediate data technician: Company 3
Mai Suzuki .... digital restoration: Company 3 (as Mai Suzuki-Pereksta)
Graham Dunglinson .... visual effects producer (uncredited)
Tram Le .... digital production manager (uncredited)
Andy Mower .... visual effects artist: Method Studios (uncredited)
Sean Phillip Rowe .... digital film scanner (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
David Alexanian .... still photographer
Gonzalo Asensio .... first assistant camera: "b" camera (as Lalo Asensio)
Josu Cejuela .... gaffer
Jesús De La Cuena .... generator electrician
Sonia Eguren .... second assistant camera: "b" camera
Emilio Estevez .... additional photography
Izaskun Fernández .... production grip
Esteban Garcia .... production grip
Rubén González .... production grip
Falkwyn Goyeneche .... video assist (as Falkwyn De Goyeneche)
David Lloret .... production grip
Raúl Manchado .... camera operator: "b" cameea
Raúl Manchado .... steadicam operator
Lara Mazagatos .... production grip
Alberto Merino .... production swing electric
Imanol Nabea .... first assistant camera: "a" camera
Gonzalo M. Palacio .... second assistant camera: "b" camera (as Gonzalo Palacio)
Juan José Ramirez Gil .... lighting technician
Héctor Riesco .... production grip
Miguel Riesco .... production grip
Antonio Rodríguez .... second assistant camera: "a" camera
Oscar Rodríguez .... production grip
Daniel Sancho .... production grip
Carlos Santamaría .... production grip (as Carlos Santamaria)
Iván Sequeira .... production swing electric
Jorge Sequeira .... production swing electric
Julián Sáenz López .... production grip
Laura Varea .... production swing electric
Anthony Von Seck .... additional photography
Mónica Yañes .... second assistant camera: "b" camera (as Mónica Yanes)
Marc Zumbach .... electrician
Laura Martínez .... additional electrician (uncredited)
Casting Department
Uxia Buciños .... extras casting
Lola Sopeña .... casting: Europe
Lindsay Graham .... casting associate (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Julita Almodóvar .... costume assistant
Ana Martínez Fesser .... set costumer (as Ana Fesser)
Pan Álvaro .... set costumer (as Pan Álvaro Díez)
Editorial Department
Michael Boggs .... scanning
Mike Chiado .... color scientist
Albert Coleman .... assistant editor
Siggy Ferstl .... colorist
Travis Flynn .... digital color assistant
Jordan Fox .... digital color assistant
Cindy Fret .... first assistant editor (as Cynthia Fret)
Andy Kaplan .... digital intermediate producer
Michael Landon .... digital intermediate editor
Jackie Lee .... digital intermediate account executive
Suzy Ortega .... assistant editor
Stefan Sonnenfeld .... digital intermediate executive producer
Devin Sterling .... digital intermediate head of production
Paul Carlin .... digital intermediate editor (uncredited)
Harry Muller .... color timer (uncredited)
Ian Sullivan .... digital intermediate accountant (uncredited)
Location Management
Sergio Díaz .... location manager (as Sergio Díaz Bermejo)
Fernando Lueches .... assistant location manager: St. Jean
Israel Mendoza .... assistant location manager
David Chagoyen .... assistant location manager (uncredited)
Music Department
Jeff Babko .... musician: piano
Dondi Bastone .... music supervisor
Tyler Bates .... musician: guitars, piano, guitarviol, keyboard, group vocals
Nick Baxter .... assistant engineer
Sebastian C. Besquet .... musician: group vocals (as Sebastian Cano-Besquet)
Gustavo Borner .... score mixer
Gustavo Borner .... score recordist
Brian Cachia .... musician: percussion, ethnic ethnic winds
Greg Ellis .... musician: drum kit, percussion, hammered dulcimer
Paloma Estevez .... musician: percussion
Xaquin Lopez Farina .... composer: additional music
Santiago Cribeiro Galego .... composer: additional music
Guillermo M. Fernandez Garcia .... composer: additional music
Darrell Hall .... music editor
Joanne Higginbottom .... musician
Chris Khodadadian .... studio assistant
Drew Krassowski .... music preparation: MIDI
Isaac Palacin Losada .... composer: additional music
Roger Manning .... musician: piano, organ (as Roger Joseph Manning)
Wolfgang Matthes .... musician: piano, atmospheres
Wolfgang Matthes .... score mixer
Justin Meldal-Johnsen .... musician: bass
Justin Moshkevich .... assistant scoring engineer
J. Enrique Comesana Pedreira .... composer: additional music
Anxo L. Garcia Pintos .... composer: additional music
Michael Rozon .... musician: pedal steel guitar
Nan Vernon .... musician: solo vocals
Billy White Acre .... musician: group vocals
Tim Williams .... orchestrator
Stefan Karrer .... soundtrack album producer (uncredited)
Tim Williams .... conductor (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Julio Fernándes Delgado .... car mount technician
Juan Luis Grande .... driver: utilitybtruck
Antonio Martín .... driver: camera & sound truck
Other crew
Eduardo Albaladejo .... management of rights: Filmax Entertainment
Jordi Aragay .... controller: Filmax
Joel Baral .... Post Production Accountant
Michael Barnes .... legal services
Abdesslem Bennani .... production: Morocco
Najib Bennani .... production: Morocco
Hélène Cardona .... loop group (as Helene Cardona)
Chris Cook .... legal services
Mirella Cuesta .... production runner
Jean-Louis Darville .... loop group
Juanlu De La Puente .... assistant (as Juan Luis De La Puente)
Lawson Deming .... title designer: main and end titles
Jesús Díez Calvo .... medic
Carmen Estevez .... assistant: Mr. Sheen
Maria Ezquieta .... production runner
Marta Galante .... production assistant
Luis Gamazo .... assistant
Lorena Gomes .... production secretary
Michelle Jubilee Gonzalez .... loop group
Gonzalo .... assistant
Fran¸ois Groeges-Picot .... legal services
Marina Hernando .... production assistant (as Marina H. Molini)
Bridget Hoffman .... loop group
Jon Lasarte .... assistant
David Lastra Hernando .... assistant
David Lastra .... assistant
Antía León Castro .... production assistant
Ana Lloret Rojo .... assistant
Cecilia Maric .... production coordinator
Caitlin McKenna .... adr walla group
Caitlin McKenna .... loop group
Mendiburu .... assistant
Laura Navarro .... assistant accountant
Jonathan Nichols .... loop group
Jacqueline Pinol .... loop group
Pilar Pérez López .... accountant
Carlos Reig-Plaza .... loop group
Federico Rozadillas .... first production assistant
Elisa Sirvent .... production coordinator: Filmax
Gloria Soriano .... script supervisor
Bruno Stephane .... loop group
Armando Valdes-Kennedy .... loop group
Antonio Vega .... chef
Marius Vlasa .... caterer
Delfina Marques .... assistant to executive producer (uncredited)
Bill Clinton .... thanks
Francisco Estevez .... dedicatee: for my grandfather
Ramon Estevez .... thanks

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Did You Know?

The characters Joost, Sarah and Jack represent the Cowardly Lion, the Tin Man and the Scarecrow from the Wizard of Oz. Each character has something in common with them. Jack is found near the stacks of hay and "hasn't had an original thought in days." Sarah, the Tin Man has a broken heart and has been searching for love most of her life. She also has a lot of mechanical device (metal) such as an i-pod and cell phone. Joost, is big like a lion but doesn't have the courage or the will power to stay healthy.See more »
Factual errors: At the end of the first day we see Tom coming into a huge refugio. This used to be the original medieval hostel in Roncesvalles called the Itzandegia (no longer in use). However in the film he arrives at La Posada and all the outside shots are used here, but this is a Spanish hostel with only single and double rooms in.See more »
Joost:I needed a new suit anyway.See more »
The Journey Is The DestinationSee more »


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45 out of 53 people found the following review useful.
Martin Sheen walks 500 miles in northern Spain and it is a pleasure to watch every single one, 20 October 2011
Author: chaz-28 from Rockville, MD

Everyone has their own, personal reason for choosing to walk the real 500 mile Camino de Santiago. This is a trail which begins in France, winds its way through the French Pyrenees, across northern Spain's Basque region, and ends in Galicia at the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela. Legend says St. James is buried here. Every year, thousands of 'pilgrims' make this arduous trek which can take months to accomplish. However, don't let the word pilgrim fool you; many people undertake this quest for non-religious reasons.

In fact, four such folk are the main characters in The Way. Tom (Martin Sheen) is a native Californian eye doctor who spends as much time on the links as he does at the office. He receives an unexpected phone call from a French policeman informing him his son Daniel (Emilio Estevez) died in southern France in a major storm. Tom flies out to France to collect his body and learns about the pilgrimage Daniel was just starting out on.

Tom and Daniel did not have the best parting one would like to have the last time you are going to see your son. Tom thought Daniel was wasting his life on these silly adventures while Daniel responded with the platitude, "You don't choose your life, you experience it." In a moment of remorse and homage, Tom decides to walk the 500 miles for Daniel with his cremated remains spreading his ashes along the way.

Quickly, he is joined by fellow pilgrims each with their own reasons for taking a few months out of their lives to backpack across Spain. There is the Dutchman Joost (Yorick van Wageningen) who is walking the trail to lose weight for his brother's wedding. Sarah (Deborah Kara Unger) is a chain smoking Canadian who vows to drop the habit once she reaches the cathedral and Jack (James Nesbitt) is an Irishman convinced the trail will finally crack his writer's block. Initially, Tom does not particularly want their company because he is suffering from some severe guilt and remorse about Daniel. This leads to the film's low point of a drunken rage against pilgrims and his walking mates. Fortunately, once this ridiculous and needless scene is over, the rest of The Way is a very enjoyable movie to watch.

The Way was shot with only available light, sunlight during the day and candles and fire at night which lends it a great deal of authenticity. Other than the main characters, everyone else on screen are actual pilgrims walking the trail to the cathedral. There is a scene later on with real Roma (Gypsies). Since the Camino de Santiago means a great deal to many people, especially those in northern Spain, you can really see how writer/director Emilio Estevez took his time to do this right.

It is refreshing to see Emilio pop his head up once again for some work. I last saw him when he directed 2006's Bobby and since then it appears he has only directed a couple episodes of Numb3rs. Perhaps he is always waiting for some real inspiration to use as his next project. He mentioned The Way came about from his father and his son's experience on the trail. I wonder if the character Jack is a model for Emilio since the first draft of this screenplay took six months to write. Furthermore, it is about time Martin Sheen showed up in a good movie again. Recently, he has had some bit parts in throw away movies such as Love Happens and Imagine That and hasn't truly had quality work since The Departed.

The Way won't win any awards; however, it is so positive and perhaps intentionally persuasive that I bet every person in the audience thought about how they could find a few months to take off and hike that distance. I had no idea that such a place as the Camino de Santiago existed before watching The Way which I suspect is a big reason why Emilio Estevez took the time to write and direct this film. He wants the rest of us to know about it as well.

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