The WayNovember 19, 2010
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.
Release Year: 2010
Rating: 7.2/10 (3,942 voted)
Critic's Score: 64/100
Stars: Emilio Estevez, Martin Sheen, Deborah Kara Unger
"The Way" is a powerful and inspirational story about family, friends, and the challenges we face while navigating this ever-changing and complicated world.
Writers: Emilio Estevez, Jack Hitt
Deborah Kara Unger
Yorick van Wageningen
Life is too big to walk it alone.
Release Date: 19 November 2010
Filming Locations: Burgos's Cathedral, Burgos, Castilla y León, Spain
Opening Weekend: $110,418
(9 October 2011)
(12 February 2012)
Did You Know?
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 Santiego 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.
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers):
At the hay bales, when the group of three meet the Irish author, there are various articles of backpacking paraphernalia spread about on the hay bales, including a container to hold drinking water when hiking, but as they leave no one picks them up.
great piece of cinema
I have looked forward to "the way" since first hearing about it. I
heard interviews with Martin Sheen himself and a great double interview
with Martin and Emilio on Irish radio. I did a part of the camino in
2009 and It was a life changing/enhancing experience for me so I
couldn't wait to see how the film would deal with it. Yesterday I saw
the film in the Screen cinema in College Green Dublin. The film is, in
my opinion, very true to the camino experience. A previous reviewer
trivialised it as "a road movie" and suggested "wizard of Oz"
characterisation. The camino "road" has been travelled for over a
thousand years. Long before "road movies" were even thought about and
yes, any story of fellow travellers sharing their stories on a journey,
can be similar to the "wizard of Oz" but I think Chaucers "Canterbury
Tales" is probably the true origin of the species. The camino de
Santiago in its reality, and in this film, is a wonderful kaleidoscopic
confluence of humanity. Pilgrims seem to self-select for certain
character traits such as eccentricity, other worldliness, joyfullness,
adventurousness, hurt, curiosity etc. Tom's companions were all from
the palette of characters I found on the camino. Tom himself was an
accidental pilgrim and only at the end of the camino did he allow
himself to fall in love with it like the others. Tom, the cynical
skeptic, driven to put one foot in front of another as a way of dealing
with the brokenness of his relationship with his son and the trauma of
his sudden death, allows the distance required to allow viewers share
in the journey of the Camino in a way that could not have been achieved
by following four "ordinary" pilgrims, no matter how colourful. Tom was
the "straight man", the foil, that allowed the full colours of all the
other characters to shine through. I thought it was a brilliant piece
of cinema. Ole!