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The Way Back (2020)

R | | Drama, Sport | 6 March 2020 (USA)
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Jack Cunningham was an HS basketball phenom who walked away from the game, forfeiting his future. Years later, when he reluctantly accepts a coaching job at his alma mater, he may get one last shot at redemption.

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Gavin O'Connor

Writer:

Brad Ingelsby
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ben Affleck ... Jack
Al Madrigal ... Dan
Janina Gavankar ... Angela
Michaela Watkins ... Beth
Brandon Wilson ... Brandon Durrett
Will Ropp ... Kenny Dawes
Fernando Luis Vega ... Sam Garcia
Charles Lott Jr. Charles Lott Jr. ... Chubbs Hendricks
Melvin Gregg ... Marcus Parrish
Ben Irving ... Bobby Freeze
Jeremy Radin ... Father Mark Whelan
John Aylward ... Father Edward Devine
Da'Vinchi ... Devon Childress
Matthew Glave ... Coach Lombardo
Nico David ... Ryan
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Storyline

Back in high school, Jack Cunningham had everything going for him. A basketball phenom, he could have punched his ticket to college or even the pros, but, instead, he chose to walk away from the game, forfeiting his future. Jack's glory days are long gone...but, as it turns out, not forgotten. Years later, he gets the chance to take back his life when he is asked to coach the struggling basketball team at his alma mater. Jack reluctantly accepts, surprising no one more than himself, and as the boys start to come together as a team and win, he may get his last shot at redemption. Written by Warner Bros

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Every loss is another fight.

Genres:

Drama | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language throughout including some sexual references | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 March 2020 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Has-Been See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,170,315, 8 March 2020

Gross USA:

$13,590,514

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$14,690,514
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2.39 : 1
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Trivia

The movie's original title was The Has-Been. See more »

Quotes

Jack Cunningham: You want to know why they're leaving you open? It's because they don't think you can hit the ocean from the beach.
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Referenced in The Kelly Clarkson Show: The Way Back Theme Hour (2020) See more »

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Well acted, but predictable
5 March 2020 | by keithsealySee all my reviews

The dialog, acting, the characters, production value, etc. of this movie were excellent. It is a very honest representation of a man suffering with grief and alcoholism.

However, it suffers from being a retread of many other similar movies. You can trace the story arc easily and predict what will happen throughout. You also shouldn't go into this movie thinking it is a 'sports' movie, while basketball coaching serves as a vehicle of redemption, you could have written the same movie about someone taking a job teaching a class or working with special needs kids.

Finally, be warned that this is a very 'heavy' movie. There are a few lighter scenes, but >80% of the movie is dramatic and played for an emotional punch.

Worth a watch for Affeck's performance.


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