The Way Back

Synopsis: In 1941, three men attempt to flee communist Russia, escaping a Siberian gulag. The film tells their story and that of four others who escaped with them and a teenage girl who joins them in flight. The group's natural leader is Janusz, a Pole condemned by accusations secured by torturing his wife, spent much of his youth outdoors, and knows how to live in the wild. They escape under cover of a snowstorm: a cynical American, a Russian thug, a comedic accountant, a pastry chef who draws, a priest, and a Pole with night blindness. They face freezing nights, lack of food and water, mosquitoes, an endless desert, the Himalayas, as well as many moral and ethical dilemmas throughout the journey towards freedom.
Director(s): Peter Weir
Production: Newmarket Films LLC
  Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 3 wins & 4 nominations.
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133 min

Yes, yes.

Follow me.|We'll both go like this.



Yes. Put it there.

Zoran! Your blanket!

For a wind break.

Get in. Come on.


Please come with us!|We have shelter!

I am Zoran, Yugoslav.|That's Janusz.

And he's Kazik.


They are Polish.

Voss. I'm Latvian.

It's a League of Nations.

And you are?


And your first name.


Mr. Smith.

That's right.

Might as well have|shot us yesterday.

We're for the mines.

These collars same as used by|ancient Egyptian people.

Yes, but on their|horses, probably.

No. No, no, no.|Same for people.

How do you know?

I was professor of Egyptology,

Leningrad University.

Are you crazy?|They'll shoot you.

I've got to get out of here.

I have to get back.

I have to get back.

It can be done.

What can be done?

He knows a way|through the wire.

He has a plan.

Shh. Who has a plan?

His name is Khabarov.

The actor.

Do you know him?

He has no intention|of escaping.

What do you mean?

He's a liar.

He's been here for years.

Seeks out new arrivals.

Me, when I first came here.

He just likes to talk|about escape.

I've known others like him.

Why should I believe you?

Nothing is for nothing|in the camps.

From you he gets your energy,|your spirit.

You feed his dream of escape.

You help keep him alive.

He's nothing but a leech.

You are a cold bastard, Mister.

I'm still alive,|that's all I know.

But I won't be|in another six months,

and neither will you.|Not here.

Not in these mines.

But if you are serious...

really serious about|making a run for it...

I'm with you.

I thought you were a loner.

It can't be done alone.

Besides,|you have a... a weakness.

You could be useful to me.

And what is that?


If anything happens to me,

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