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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.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Tom
... Daniel
... Sarah
... Joost
... Jack
Romy Baskerville ... Eunice
... Doreen
... Roger
William Holden ... Cal
... Phil
Joe Torrenueva ... Father Sandoval
... Captain Henri
Stéphane Dausse ... French Mortician
... Angelica (as Angela Molina)
... 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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19 November 2010 (Spain)  »

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El camino  »

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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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The sunburnt patch on Martin Sheen's backpack is the squadron insignia for VF-51 The Sundowners, a Navy fighter squadron. See more »

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After Burgos, they stop at a house where Jack writes up his notes and Tom ties his bootlaces. This is in Tosantos at the Albergue Municipal. Before they reach Tosantos Jack is twirling his stick and throwing it up in the air like an Irish drum major. When they leave Tosantos they are all trying to twirl their sticks, unsuccessfully. But they are at the same spot as when Jack was twirling his stick earlier. See more »

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Sarah: Well, Jack, maybe a dog fight near a cheese farm is simply a dog fight near a cheese farm.
Jack: [Excitedly] AH! Okay... That's good. That... is very... good! Maybe I should adopt a more conservative attitude instead of trying to tickle meaning out of every curve in the road. Oh, Christ... I haven't had an original thought in months! Writer's block...
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My 393rd Review: Treads Lightly But Very Nicely...
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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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