• The Way Back (2011)

The Way Back

Release Date: January 21st, 2011

DVD Release Date: April 19th, 2011

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 SkarsgÄrd, Alexandru Potocean, Sebastian Urzendowsky

Director: Peter Weir

Genres: Drama

Production Co: Exclusive Films

Keywords: Escape, Quest, 1930s, Engaging, Soldier, Wife, Emotional

Ratings & Reviews

  • 75
    Carrie RickeyPhiladelphia Inquirer

    Whether it is truth, fiction or, most likely, a little of each, the story Weir tells is a powerful parable of man's charge for freedom and his humbling by nature. show more

  • 50
    Joe MorgensternWall Street Journal

    Most of those hardships are familiar to movie lovers; that's a reductionist view of a serious and ambitious production, but it is, after all, a movie on a screen. (And a movie with a dreadfully clumsy ending.) show more

  • 80
    Stephen FarberThe Hollywood Reporter

    Beyond its visual splendors, however, the film achieves searing moral power. show more

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