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19 November 2010 (Spain) See more »
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)
Diego Marín Continente .... art department production assistant
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
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 Fernández Lahera .... boom operator (as Coque Fernandez)
Paul Flinchbaugh .... digital assistant
Arda Gulesserian .... additional audio
Catherine Harper .... foley crew
Chris Jenkins .... sound re-recording mixer
Kimberly Jimenez .... additional audio
Darrin Mann .... foley crew
Bill Meadows .... sound re-recording recordist
Frank A. Montaño .... sound 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
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 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)
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
Darrell Hall .... music editor
Joanne Higginbottom .... musician
Chris Khodadadian .... studio assistant
Drew Krassowski .... music preparation: MIDI
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
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
Juan Luis De La Puente .... assistant
Lawson Deming .... title designer: main and end titles
Sergio Díaz .... location manager (as Sergio Díaz Bermejo)
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
Fernando Lueches .... assistant location manager: St. Jean
Cecilia Maric .... production coordinator
Caitlin McKenna .... adr walla group
Caitlin McKenna .... loop group
Mendiburu .... assistant
Israel Mendoza .... assistant location manager
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
David Chagoyen .... assistant location manager (uncredited)
Delfina Marques .... assistant to executive producer (uncredited)
Bill Clinton .... thanks
Francisco Estevez .... dedicatee: for my grandfather
Ramon Estevez .... thanks

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USA:123 min
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Tyler Bates, who does the music in the film, had previously been the composer for Rated X (2000) (TV), which was also directed by Emilio Estevez.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 »
Tom:[Having been handed the box with his son's ashes] I'm going to walk the Camino de Santiago.
Captain Henri:[Somewhat taken aback] Mr. Avery, if you'll pardon me, please, you are not prepared to go on this trip. You have no equipment, or...
Tom:[Cutting him off] I've got Danny's back pack and all of his stuff.
Captain Henri:But you haven't trained for this walk, and no disrespect, you are more than 60 years old.
Tom:[shrugs] So it'll take me a bit longer than most.
Captain Henri:You'll be lucky if you finish in two months.
Tom:Well, then I'd better get started. We're leaving in the morning.
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32 out of 38 people found the following review useful.
Refuses to get lost on a road so big, 11 October 2011
Author: Steve Pulaski from United States

I've been anticipating The Way for about two and a half years for the wrong reason - I wanted to see Emilio Estevez back on the screen. The last formal film he appeared in was Rated X with his brother Charlie Sheen in 2000. Finally we see Emilio's talents not only behind the camera, but in writing as well. He handles the screenplay, the directing, and the producing in this beautifully crafted film.

You can tell just from the close-to-home feel of the character The Way is something sentimental and meaningful to both Martin Sheen and Emilio Estevez. Both real life father and son actors have been taking most of their time in 2011 and using it to promote a film with heart and soul, but will likely be ignored when in theaters because of its very limited release and its minimal marketing.

The story focuses on Tom (Sheen), an American doctor, who goes to France after hearing his adventure-seeking son Daniel (Estevez) has died in a storm while hiking the Camino de Santiago - a famed Christian route many walk on to find faith or go to Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela at the end of the five-hundred mile route.

After arriving in France to pick up Daniel's ashes, Tom makes a split-second decision that he will follow hike the path of his son, while spreading his ashes throughout the trail. He meets up with many different people with many different stories. They are Joost (Wageningen), a Dutchman who is hiking the trail for exercise purposes, Sarah (Unger) who is trying to quit smoking, and "Jack from Ireland" (Nesbitt) who is suffering from writer's block and is trying to collect information about fellow hikers and their separate journeys.

The Way has a number of strange qualities - for one it has noticeable parallels to the 1939 classic The Wizard of Oz. And two, it is odd for Martin Sheen and Emilio Estevez, two actors that practice in strict Catholicism, to focus on a film that leads to a Christian Cathedral. Whatever the reason behind it, the story is pitch-perfect and Martin Sheen may have just given one of the best performances of his career.

The tears come and go in The Way, but so do the shocker scenes like when the topic of abortion is briefly mentioned. It is rare for such a film to bring up a controversial topic, which is why The Way deserves a load of credit.

The plot isn't too deep, but the story is truly moving. The acting by the four characters is fantastic, and like any road movie, it is more about the characters getting to find their inner-selves rather than walking from point a to point b. Only here - it is more welcomed because of the fact that is what the Camino de Santiago is all about.

Starring: Martin Sheen, Deborah Kara Unger, James Nesbitt, Yorick van Wageningen, and Emilio Estevez. Directed by: Emilio Estevez.

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