The Way

The Way

DVD - 2011
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Tom goes to St. Jean Pied de Port, France, to collect the remains of his adult son, who was killed in the Pyrenees in a storm while walking the Camino de Santiago. Rather than return home, Tom decides to embark on the historical pilgrimage to honor his son's desire to finish the journey. What Tom doesn't plan on is the profound impact the journey will have on him as he begins to learn the difference between the life one lives and the life one chooses.
Publisher: Santa Monica, CA : ARC Entertainment, 2011, 2010
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (2 hrs.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in


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Dec 09, 2019

I wanted to add a comment about the "bonus" material, it was actually entertaining and interesting to hear the comments over the film's video with respect to its making...though it is another 2 hours. If you have a lazy afternoon or some concurrent activity (folding laundry, hobby-craft, cooking etc) and have it playing in the background, I thought it added positively to the film, if you like that sort of thing.

Nov 28, 2019

Love Martin Sheen. He has a way of taking you into his heart and allowing you to experience his soul. He's so open that you want to protect him from those who would harm. The movie starts out slow and has moments that you want to withdraw from the whiner's by fast-forwarding but once you get the plot it makes it easier to ride the wave til its end. Worthwhile.

Jul 19, 2019

Great motivational movie, beautiful filming on location in Spain..see the story in the added features.

May 20, 2019

In my top ten favorite films. Do not miss the back story on this one under Special Features. Loved, loved, loved this movie. Thank you Emilio Estevez & Martin Sheen for wonderful production. Once you figure out who the protagonist is your are on your WAY.

Jan 14, 2019

Never heard of this movie until a friend and I were talking to some strangers at a Santa Monica volunteer event. One had recently done the walk. Warm, uplifting, visually pleasing movie with nice moments, but at times tedious with irritating and unsympathetic characters. Was the point that for many trekkers the journey is not life changing. Odd that the hikers' equipment (beautiful North Face gear) did not seem to get dirty or even the least bit worn during the journey.

ArapahoeJillA Sep 18, 2018

One of my favorite movies ever, this film starring Martin Sheen and Emilio Estevez is about a father and son who didn't really connect until death takes one and the other ends up walking The Camino de Santiago (The Way). The scenery is amazing and the story pulls you in, makes you think, and never really leaves you once it's over.

ArapahoeRead Dec 15, 2017

I enjoyed this film featuring real life father and son Martin Sheen and Emilio Estevez. It's a moving story about a father dealing with the loss of his son, as well as the personal baggage we all carry. I would definitely recommend this to anyone familiar with El Camino de Santiago, but you do not to need to know about this popular route for pilgrims in order to enjoy the film. The Spanish scenery is gorgeous!

Nov 16, 2017

This was mentioned to me, from a person that had walked a portion of the pilgrimage, to El Camino de Santiago. I found this to be a touching film, about personal journeys, regardless of the reasons to do so, and the personal or spiritual growths that one goes through.
The Special Features do add a few minutes of talking between father and actor, Martin Sheen (born Ramon Antonio Gerardo Estevez), and his son and director, Emilio Estevez.
The father and son wrote together, Along the Way: The Journey of a Father and Son - a memoir in 2011.

JCLJoyceM Sep 02, 2017

Martin Sheen stars, trekking the Way of St. James, hoping to come to terms with the loss of his only son. Others bring their pain to the journey and find solace of sorts in each other. Sheen's real-life son directed the piece and portrays the son in flashbacks and visions.

Jul 13, 2017

Martin Sheen's weary performance does little to detract from this surprisingly endearing film about a father who treks El Camino pilgrimage in his late son's footsteps. Quirky, heartwarming scenes are scattered throughout a robust script with well-constructed, at times amusing, dialogue and thought-provoking characters. Go off the beaten track with this fantastic little flick.

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Aug 18, 2014

Jack: You know, when I was an undergraduate at Trinity College, Dublin, I wanted to be W.B. Yeats or James Joyce. But good writers usually die broke, so after I left college, I wrote for travel mags. Thought I'd do that for a while, put some money away and then get down to the novel. 20 years later, here I am, still writing for travel magazines. I'm not feeling sorry for myself. It's the life I chose.
Tom: Jack, you write whatever you want about all this, what you saw, how you felt. You write it like it happened. You write the truth.
Jack: I'll do my best.

Aug 18, 2014

Monolith got the best quote that "You don't choose a life, Dad. You live one." Here are a few others:

Sarah: Yeah, well, we keep walking at this pace, quitting isn't gonna be the problem. Surviving will be. Doesn't this guy (referring to Tom) ever stop to smell the flowers? This isn't a race.
Joost: No, it isn't.
Sarah: Then why does it pxzz me off so much that I haven't seen him
stop to take a break? I mean, why does something that should be inspirational make me so... angry? Totally irrational.
Joost: Same could be said for this entire journey.
Sarah: Wonder how old he is.
Joost: Older than us.

Feb 17, 2013

Daniel: "You should fly with me." Tom: "What?" Daniel: "You should fly with me." Tom: "Yeah, right." Daniel: "Turn the car around, pack a bag... grab your passport, forget your golf clubs... C'mon, a father son trip - it'll be fun." Tom: "...When you comin' back?" Daniel: "I don't know." Tom: "So you don't have a plan." Daniel: "We agreed that if I let you take me to the airport, you wouldn't lecture me about how I'm ruining my life." Tom: "I lied. ...You know, most people don't have the luxury of just picking up and leaving it all behind, Daniel." Daniel: "Well I'm not most people. If I don't have your blessing, that's fine. Don't judge this - don't judge me." Tom: "My life here might not seem like much to you, but it's the life I choose." Daniel: "You don't choose a life, Dad... you live one."


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Mar 19, 2012

Tom goes to St. Jean Pied de Port, France, to collect the remains of his adult son, who was killed in the Pyrenees in a storm while walking the Camino de Santiago. Rather than return home, Tom decides to embark on the historical pilgrimage to honor his son's desire to finish the journey. What Tom doesn't... James Nesbitt, Emilio Estevez, Deborah Kara Unger, Martin Sheen.


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