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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.


Certificate:

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

Martin Sheen originally suggested Michael Douglas or Mel Gibson for the lead role, but Emilio Estevez had written the main character's role specifically for his father. 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 »

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Joost: I needed a new suit anyway.
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Soundtracks

Muxia - A True Pilgrim
by Tyler Bates
(P) & © 2011 Tyler Bates Music, Inc/Under Exclusive License To Milan Entertainment, Inc.
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Understated and therefore very moving

This movie exceeded all expectations, which were already very high. All kudos to Emilio Estevez for an excellent screenplay and superb direction. The photography, too, was wonderful. I think this will go down as one of Martin Sheen's best ever performances. He underplays his role (due to Emilio's direction?) which makes it all the stronger. In fact, it's the understated quality of the whole film that makes it very moving. It never descends into sentimentality but you still feel the grief of Martin Sheen's character as he makes the pilgrimage his estranged dead son never completed. At the same time, there are a lot of funny moments, which lift it from becoming a depressing journey. The gradual coalescing of the four very different main characters into a unified group works very well. Each of them has a different reason for making the pilgrimage and, to begin with, they seem to have nothing in common, but it's still very believable when they start to relate to each other. Emilio and his father Martin have every reason to be very proud of this film. It works on every level.


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