The Way Back

January 21st 2011
  • Drama/Historical,
  • PG-13,
  • 133 min,
  • Other
  • Cast: Colin Farrell, Jim Sturgess, Dejan Angelov, Yordan Bikov, Dragos Bucur, Sattar Dikambayev, Sally Edwards, Valentin Ganev, Igor Gnezdilov, Mariy Grigorov, Ed Harris, Meglena Karalambova, Irinei Konstantinov, Ruslan Kupenov, An-Zung Le
  • Director: Peter Weir
  • Writers: Keith R. Clarke, Peter Weir
  • Producers: Duncan Henderson, Joni Levin, Nigel Sinclair, Peter Weir
  • Co Producer: Roee Sharon
  • Associate Producer: Marius A. Markevicius
  • Executive Producers: Mohamed Khalaf Al-Mazrouei, Tobin Armbrust, Ed Borgerding, Keith R. Clarke, Guy East, Jake Eberts, Adam Leipzig, Simon Oakes, John Ptak, Scott Rudin, Jonathan Schwartz
  • Art Direction: Kes Bonnet
  • Casting: Lina Todd
  • Costume Design: Wendy Stites
  • D.O.P.: Russell Boyd
  • Editor: Lee Smith
  • Makeup: Edouard F. Henriques
  • Music: Burkhard Dallwitz
  • Production Design: John Stoddart


When they escape a Siberian labor camp in 1940, seven courageous multi-national prisoners discover the true meaning of friendship as their epic journey takes them across thousands of miles of hostile terrain en-route to India and their freedom.

Basic Information

  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Filming Locations: Darjeeling, India; Morocco; Sofia, Bulgaria; Sydney, Australia
  • MPAA Warning: Violent content, depiction of physical hardships, a nude image and brief strong language
  • Production Companies: Imagenation Abu Dhabi FZ, Exclusive Films, National Geographic Films, On the Road, Point Blank Productions
  • Production Schedule: February 2009 - June 2009

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2010 Guide Analysis: "Australian filmmakers are like Hollywood filmmakers - there's a distinct variation of style. If you want gaudy and cheesy spectacle go to Baz Luhrmann. Intelligent action thrillers or period dramas with strong performances and subtext, get Phil Noyce or Bruce Beresford. Wide-appealing genre action or family comedy is tailor made for George Miller. One filmmaker though embodies epic, classy historical drama like no other. A man with a near flawless track record of not just great Australian films but international cinematic masterpieces. That man is Peter Weir.

"Picnic at Hanging Rock," "Gallipoli," "Witness," "Dead Poets Society," "The Truman Show," "Fearless," "Green Card," "The Year of Living Dangerously" and "The Mosquito Coast" amongst others all sit high in the hearts of serious film fans and critics. Even Weir's last film, 2003's potential franchise starter "Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World", opened to great reviews and has only grown in estimation. These days 'Master' has found itself quite high on a lot of 'Best of the Decade' lists, and usually at the top of lists about film franchises that deserved sequels but didn't get them.

After seven long years Weir returns with this POW escapee drama based on Slavomir Rawicz's popular book "The Long Walk". The authenticity of the book itself has come into question in recent years due to facts confirming only some of the story while contradicting other elements. The story itself, whether it be true or not, has inspired many adventurers and has been critically acclaimed around the world. Essentially a road movie traversing Central Asia, Weir's almost unmatched skill for beautiful wide location photography will certainly make this one of the best looking films of the year.

Shot in Bulgaria, India and Morocco early in 2009, the cast is excellent and the first photos look great. Still no word on a more specific release plan as yet, a festival debut at either Cannes, Venice or Toronto may be on the cards and if so it will likely be one of the major events on offer. Hopefully it will finally give Weir a long overdue Oscar, an honor long deserved after numerous nominations over the past three decades."

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Worldwide Release Dates

  • 25 November 2010: Argentina
  • 26 November 2010: Norway
  • 26 December 2010: UK
  • 5 January 2011: Spain
  • 13 January 2011: Netherlands
  • 20 January 2011: Greece
  • 21 January 2011: Malaysia
  • 26 January 2011: France
  • 4 February 2011: Sweden
  • 11 February 2011: Finland
  • 24 February 2011: Australia
  • 8 April 2011: Poland