The Way Back [DVD]
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The Way Back is the critically acclaimed new release from renowned director Peter Weir (Master and Commander, The Truman Show), starring Colin Farrell, Jim Sturgess, Ed Harris, Mark Strong and Saoirse Ronan. Inspired by an incredible true story, this epic film of survival against-the-odds tells the story of a group of seven prisoners who escaped from a Soviet gulag in Stalin-era Russia and walked over 4,000 miles across some of the most unforgiving terrain in the world, crossing the Siberian Arctic, the Gobi desert and the Himalayas before finally arriving in British-ruled India.
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Peter Weir's magnificent, enthralling and moving film tells the story of a group of prisoners from a Russian prison camp north of Lake Baykal who escaped and walked south for 4,000 miles across Siberia, Mongolia, China and Tibet and the survivors of the journey eventually reached India.
The authenticity of Rawicz's account has been widely questioned but there is no doubt that a few Poles and others did manage to escape and reach freedom in this way and some joined the free Polish forces and fought against the German's who ironically were fighting the Russians.
It was these same Russians who had condemned thousands of Poles and others to long stretches in the Gulags on trumped up charges and when the Germans invaded Russia in June 1941, it suited the Russians to release many Poles from the camps to fight alongside them against the Nazis.Read more ›
There is a controversy as to who actually made the journey, however, Australian director Peter Weir, celebrated for contemporary classics such as `Dead Poets Society' and `The Truman Show', decided the account deserved filming. "As a feat of endurance and courage and the tenacity of human beings to survive, I thought it was superb. It's about the struggle that all of us have to survive every day. The struggle is on an epic scale, but survival is at the heart of it, and what keeps you going with all the difficulties and pain of life and the bad luck. As a director, I asked, `Does it stay with you enough to want to pursue it as a film?' And this was the case."
"I hope `The Long Walk' will remain as a memorial to all those who live and die for freedom, and for all those who for many reasons could not speak for themselves."(Slavomir Rawicz)
The scenery is amazing, the glory of creation declares God, the acting is great, very good Russian accents. The film starts of largely subtitled (and includes 2 F words subtitled) at the characters speak several European languages in the Gulag but then gradually moves into English. Did not know that Americans helped build the Moscow metro as many went over during the depression of the 1930s and latter ended up in the Gulags.
There is many an adventures as they travel on a fight for survival and not all make it whilst there is a number of moving scenes. The extras included the director talking about the film; relating what some escaped prisoners told him about their escape, where it was filmed (not all on location) and what Cyril, a man inspired by the book actually walked in the footsteps of the escapees!
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The book of the film is a fabulous unbelievable account of an escape from a Gulag in Siberia, but the film is not a patch on it and does not closely follow the story and... Read morePublished 1 month ago by R
Extraordinary story of an extraordinary journey. Very dramatic & moving film. Strong performances all round. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Philip
This is a pretty good version of the story from the book ‘The Long Walk’
Jim Sturgess and Ed Harris are really good in their roles as WW2 Russian ‘gulag ‘prison camp... Read more