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The Way Back (2020)

R | | Drama, Sport | 6 March 2020 (USA)
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Jack Cunningham was a high school 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.


Gavin O'Connor


Brad Ingelsby
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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. ... 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


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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


One shot for a second chance. See more »


Drama | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Did You Know?


This is one of two movies Matthew Glave, who portrays Coach Lombardo (Memorial's head coach) in this movie, portrays a coach in a movie released in 2020. The other movie is Safety (2020). See more »


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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Featured in SportsCenter: Episode #42.50 (2020) See more »


Down and Out Blues
Written by Ricky Sanders Lewis
Performed by Ricky Lewis Band
Courtesy of Bizgit Records
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More than just a basketball movie
6 March 2020 | by arabnikitaSee all my reviews

Whenever a new basketball movie comes out, I am always curious to see how the game is portrayed and what elements are used to differentiate the film from its predecessors. Upon watching, I discovered that The Way Back is not a purely basketball film but a story of a man stumbling through life and using the sport as a branch to prevent him from hitting the ground.

Ben Affleck puts a on compelling performance of a man battling his demons and despite basketball managing to bring some happiness into his life, he can never trully heal his scars. Considering how difficult it is to get creative with sports movies, through its narrative, this film manages to put its own touch which will make basketball fans enjoy the grit, realism and attitude towards the game. Music deserves a separate mention as it adds impact to the dramatic nature of the film.


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Release Date:

6 March 2020 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »


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Opening Weekend USA:

$8,170,315, 8 March 2020

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Atmos



Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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