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The Way

Rated NR 115 minutes 2011

This drama by actor-writer-director Emilio Estevez (Bobby) is a familiar morality play about a stick-in-the-mud doctor (Martin Sheen) mourning his son's death by walking the historic Way of St. James from France to western Spain. Estevez strains to prove his earnestness at every turn, undermining the film's good intentions with a surfeit of explanatory dialogue and a sappy adult-contemporary soundtrack. But for all his awkwardness Estevez is undeniably sincere, regarding both people and nature with disarming good will and maintaining a steady, soothing pace that allows the life lessons to resonate. The solid supporting cast includes Deborah Kara Unger and James Nesbitt.

Film Credits

Director: Emilio Estevez

Producer: Alberto Marini, Ramon Estevez and Janet Templeton

Cast: Martin Sheen, Emilio Estevez, James Nesbitt, Deborah Unger, Joaquim de Almeida, Yorick van Wageningen, Tcheky Karyo, Spencer Garrett, Angela Molina, Antonio Gil, Carlos Leal, Simon Andreu and Eusebio Lazaro

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