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 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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Comedy | Drama

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PG-13 | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Martin Sheen's father and Emilio Estevez's grandfather was a Spanish immigrant from the region of Galicia, where the Santiago Cathedral is located and the procession pictured in the movie ends. According to Sheen and Estevez, the movie explores and is a homage to their Galician heritage. See more »

Goofs

When they stay at the Parador, that is actually the Parador in Santiago. The next morning they are seen walking past a sign saying 'Santiago 222 kilometers'. This is not an error at all: The Parador shown is the one in León, at around 320km to Santiago. The sign "Santiago 222km" is at Manjarín, a few kilometres from the Cruz de Ferro, which they passed therefore 3 days after leaving León. See more »

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Joost: I bought same liquor. Orujo. It's from Galicia. It's made of eighteen different herbs, and so secret that has to be squeezed by blind monks.
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New Slang
Written by James Mercer
Performed by The Shins
Courtesy of Sub Pop Records
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My 393rd Review: Treads Lightly But Very Nicely...
27 March 2011 | by inteleartsSee all my reviews

This beautiful simple and involving film is one of the better films I've seen in the past couple of years. It does what the best of cinema can - it moves us, and reminds us that life is a journey full of chance encounters and that its not all serendipity, but we can walk on too.

Matin Sheen and his son, Emilio Estevez, make a winning team here - the direction, though straightforward is, like Ron Howard, filled with memorable scenes and images that linger. Sheen himself is always good at taking us with him - his half-amused, half-bemused style suits this perfectly. As he travels on the old pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compostela to deal with tragic loss he meets and forms a group with three other pilgrims.

All in all, the overall experience of watching this is simply pleasure - and like Danny Boyle's films, it seems simple but it is a complete experience. The Way is human, emotive, emotional, and sincere, and for this viewer a good journey.


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Language:

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Release Date:

19 November 2010 (Spain) See more »

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Filming Locations:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$110,418, 9 October 2011

Gross USA:

$4,430,765

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$13,348,704
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1.85 : 1
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