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The Way Back (2010)

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Siberian gulag escapees travel four thousand miles by foot to freedom in India.

Director:

Peter Weir

Writers:

Slavomir Rawicz (novel), Peter Weir (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 4 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dragos Bucur ... Zoran
Colin Farrell ... Valka
Ed Harris ... Mr. Smith
Alexandru Potocean ... Tomasz
Saoirse Ronan ... Irena
Mark Strong ... Khabarov
Gustaf Skarsgård ... Voss
Jim Sturgess ... Janusz
Sebastian Urzendowsky ... Kazik
Zachary Baharov ... Interrogator (as Zahari Baharov)
Sally Brunski Sally Brunski ... Janusz's Wife, 1939 (as Sally Edwards)
Igor Gnezdilov Igor Gnezdilov ... Bohdan
Dejan Angelov Dejan Angelov ... Andrei
Stanislav Pishtalov Stanislav Pishtalov ... Commandant
Mariy Rosen ... Lazar (as Marii Grigorov)
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Storyline

In 1941, three men attempt to flee communist Russia, escaping a Siberian gulag. This movie tells their story and that of four others who escaped with them and a teenage girl, Irena Zielinska (Saoirse Ronan), who joins them in flight. The group's natural leader is Janusz Weiszczek (Jim Sturgess), a Pole condemned by accusations secured by torturing his wife, spent much of his youth outdoors, and knows how to live in the wild. They escape under cover of a snowstorm: cynical American Mr. Smith (Ed Harris), Russian thug Valka (Colin Farrell), comedic accountant Zoran (Dragos Bucur), pastry chef Tomasz Horodinsky (Alexandru Potocean), who draws, Priest Andrejs Voss (Gustav Skarsgård), and Polish Kazik (Sebastian Urzendowsky), who suffers from night blindness. They face freezing nights, lack of food and water, mosquitoes, an endless desert, the Himalayas, as well as many moral and ethical dilemmas throughout the journey towards freedom. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>, Shahob, Bellingham, WA, US

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long walk | oasis | gulag | desert | priest | See All (86) »

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Their escape was just the beginning


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for violent content, depiction of physical hardships, a nude image and brief strong language | See all certifications »

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Trivia

In the book, "The Long Walk", Slavomir Rawciz tells of a close encounter with two creatures while trekking across the Himalayas that bare a close description to that of a Yeti. See more »

Goofs

When Irena is being carried in the desert, the film gets flipped. First she was on the left side, then during a close-up she is on the right, then when they go back out she's on the left again. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
[in Polish, using English subtitles]
Interrogator: [presents pen to sign confession]
Janusz: No.
Interrogator: Bring in the witness.
Janusz's Wife, 1939: [brought in]
Interrogator: Do you know this man? His name?
Janusz's Wife, 1939: Janusz Wieszczek.
Interrogator: Witness, what's your relationship with this man?
Janusz's Wife, 1939: [crying] I am his wife.
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Connections

Featured in Ebert Presents: At the Movies: Episode #1.1 (2011) See more »

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Another great film by Peter Weir.
5 November 2015 | by phuthuytinhyeu711See all my reviews

Peter Weir is true poet of cinema. The poetic is inside most of his works, of many different genre, crime (Witness), sci-fi (The Truman Show), horror (Picnic at Hanging Rock), and the history-adventure (The Way Back).

The Way Back is a rare piece of work. It give me strength to never give up against everything. Landscapes of film are very stunning, beautiful and harsh but full of poetry.

I love the cast of this film, too. Ed Harris, Mark Strong, Jim Sturgess, Saoirse Ronan, and specially, Colin Farrell are fabulous acting.

The latest film of Peter Weir is another great film!! A must-see !!


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Language:

English | Russian | Polish | Tibetan | Mongolian

Release Date:

21 January 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Morocco See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,218,868, 23 January 2011

Gross USA:

$2,701,859

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$24,172,201
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Dolby Digital

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2.35 : 1
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