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The Way (2010)

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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.

Director:

Emilio Estevez

Writers:

Emilio Estevez (written for the screen by), Jack Hitt (book)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Martin Sheen ... Tom
Emilio Estevez ... Daniel
Deborah Kara Unger ... Sarah
Yorick van Wageningen ... Joost
James Nesbitt ... Jack
Romy Baskerville Romy Baskerville ... Eunice
Renée Estevez ... Doreen
David Alexanian ... Roger
William Holden William Holden ... Cal
Spencer Garrett ... Phil
Joe Torrenueva Joe Torrenueva ... Father Sandoval
Tchéky Karyo ... Captain Henri
Stéphane Dausse Stéphane Dausse ... French Mortician
Ángela Molina ... Angelica (as Angela Molina)
Simón Andreu ... Don Santiago
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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

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Life is too big to walk it alone.


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PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Country:

Spain | USA

Language:

English | Spanish | French

Release Date:

19 November 2010 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

El camino See more »

Filming Locations:

Marrakech, Morocco See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$193,552 (Spain), 19 November 2010, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$110,418, 9 October 2011, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$4,430,650, 11 March 2012

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$9,158,000, 31 August 2012
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Dolby Digital | DTS | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

First time since The War at Home (1996) that Emilio Estevez plays Martin Sheen's son. See more »

Goofs

Shortly after Tom's release from the police station in Logroño, they stop for a drink of water from a fountain at the side of a bar called El Castaño. That is in the village of Tosantos, about 70 km from Logroño. About a minute later, they pass a yellow arrow under a stone cross. This is off the Camino Francés at Briñas, north of Santo Domingo de la Calzada. A couple of minutes later, they pass the same stone cross. See more »

Quotes

Joost: Would you like to try some of this?
[offering Jack, who has complained of writer's block, a hand-roll of marijuana, tobacco, hashish, or some combination thereof]
Joost: It's Turkish; I hear it's good for writer's block.
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Simple but engaging road movie
21 February 2011 | by DanielKingSee all my reviews

Like most road movies, this is as much about the characters' inward journey as it is about getting from A to B. At times it is too sentimental for my taste and some of the encounters seem rather artificial. But it has considerable warmth, humanity and good humour.

I saw this at the BFI in London at a screening attended by Emilio Estevez and Martin Sheen. They are very proud of their film and it obviously means a lot to them, as father and son. They came across as intelligent and socially aware people, which was great to see.

During the discussion, a member of the audience pointed out the parallels with "The Wizard of Oz", something which I confess escaped me while the film was on but seemed perfectly obvious when I heard it. So watch out for that if you see the movie, and also look out for a cameo by Matt Clark, veteran character actor and, apparently, good friend of MArtin Sheen.


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