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The Way (2010)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama | 19 November 2010 (Spain)
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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 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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"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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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Tom: [Having been handed the box with his son's ashes] I'm going to walk the Camino de Santiago.
Captain Henri: [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...
Tom: [Cutting him off] I've got Danny's back pack and all of his stuff.
Captain Henri: But you haven't trained for this walk, and no disrespect, you are more than 60 years old.
Tom: [shrugs] So it'll take me a bit longer than most.
Captain Henri: You'll be lucky if you finish in two months.
Tom: Well, then I'd better get ...
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Daniel (Main Title Theme)
by Tyler Bates
(P) & © 2011 Tyler Bates Music, Inc/Under Exclusive License To Milan Entertainment, Inc.
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It's not "The Way", it's "Our Own Way"
19 May 2011 | by msmocSee all my reviews

This is surely Emilio Estevez's Masterwork, in the same way as was Costner's "Dances with Wolves". It is "The Quiet Epic"! The movie didn't require; Noise, CGI, Foul Language or Special Effects - all that it needed and got were; Across the Board Top Class Acting Performances and Brilliant Cinematography.

Although, no longer a spring chicken, I spent over 2 hours completely engrossed in this film, alternating between tears and laughter. I found it was a movie made with such loving care that it encouraged, and enabled me, to share their experience and make my own life journey with them. My own emotions and life history became intermingled with theirs. I feel it was Emilio's intention for us all to take "Our Own Way".

My main sadness is that so many people will be unable to see it at cinemas, as it has only been given a single weeks run to facilitate the usual glut of "So called Blockbusters". Movies like The Way need time to breathe, as "Word of Mouth" is the key to expanding Audience figures and the wider appreciation such a work deserves..


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Release Date:

19 November 2010 (Spain) See more »

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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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