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PG-13| 2 hr. 13 min.

Plot Summary
Denounced by his wife as a possible spy in 1939, Janusz (Jim Sturgess) finds himself in a remote Siberian labor camp. Faced with brutal conditions inside and out, Janusz is determined to escape. A blizzard provides him with the perfect opportunity, and he and a small group of fellow prisoners make a break for it. Escape, however, is the easy part, for Janusz and his companions face a 4,000 mile trek on foot through the frozen Himalayas before they can truly be free.

Cast: Jim Sturgess , Ed Harris , Colin Farrell , Saoirse Ronan , Mark Strong , Gustaf Skarsgård , Alexandru Potocean , Sebastian Urzendowsky

Director: Peter Weir

Genres: Drama

Distributor: Newmarket Film Group

The Way Back (2010)

Release Date: January 21st, 2011|2 hr. 13 min.

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critic reviews ( 33 )
fan reviews ( 6 )
  • The director, 66, brings his passion for precision to every frame of the film, refusing to hype or Hollywoodize the detailed richness of the story. show more

  • As Russell Boyd's remarkable cinematography emphasizes the dwarfing grandeur of the surrounding topography, Weir shows how the corresponding smallness of individuals is compensated for by the grandeur of their aspiration. show more

  • The Way Back, with its epic story and spectacularly bleak setting, invites comparisons with "Laurence of Arabia" and "Dr. Zhivago." It's awash in vast, unforgiving terrain. So it got the setting right, but not necessarily the substance. show more

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  • September 16, 2011 Barb and Jim
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    Extremely well done. Worth the time to watch. Amazing story if you like human drama. Take the time to watch the 45 minute or so discussion of how the movie was put together with filming in Bulgria, Morroco, Etc.

  • May 07, 2011 jackd1207
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    Based on a true story. I felt that some of the time spent on the struggles these brave men faced, should have been spent in character development. Still a gripping, and worthwhile film.

  • January 29, 2011 Trisha2577
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    This movie was so realistic. The acting was amazing. A must see!

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