"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 ...
Life is too big to walk it alone.
Did You Know?
In an LA radio interview on "The Busted Halo Show with Father Dave", Emilio Estevez
revealed that much of the inspiration he got for this film was the identical pilgrimage that his father Martin Sheen
and his son Taylor Estevez
made a few years before on the Camino de Santiago de Compostela in Spain. Estevez' son, then 19, fell in love, moved to Spain, and got married a few years later. Since that trip, Martin Sheen
and Emilio Estevez
spoke often of how they could make a film about the pilgrimage until an idea surfaced. See more
The pilgrims visit the Albergue Casa Santa Barbara that they say is in Torres del Rio. There is no such albergue. You also hear Tom say Torres is the next town which is not correct. Sansol would have been the next town as this is only 1km before Torres, and the two are almost interlinked. See more
[Having been handed the box with his son's ashes
I'm going to walk the Camino de Santiago.
[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...
[Cutting him off
I've got Danny's back pack and all of his stuff.
But you haven't trained for this walk, and no disrespect, you are more than 60 years old.
So it'll take me a bit longer than most.
You'll be lucky if you finish in two months.
Well, then I'd better get ...
Daniel (Main Title Theme)
by Tyler Bates
(P) & © 2011 Tyler Bates Music, Inc/Under Exclusive License To Milan Entertainment, Inc. See more
19 November 2010 (Spain)
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Opening Weekend USA: $110,418,
9 October 2011
Gross USA: $4,430,765
Cumulative Worldwide Gross: $13,348,704
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Aspect Ratio: 1.85 : 1
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