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

I'm counting on you|carrying me.


Khabarov, come.


Come with me. Now.

What is it? What? What?

Come. Look at this.

Look at this.

We can go.|We can go tonight.

The storm will cover|our tracks.

No, no, no. What are you talking about?|It's a passing storm!

No, it's enough.

Janusz, that is impossible.

We need... we need|detailed preparation,

we need plans,|we need maps.

No, no, the timing|will never be perfect.

Look, they won't expect it now.

Are you crazy?

What about the distances?

It's, it's a thousand kilometers,|and we need food.

Plenty of food.

But, but we have food.|You have food.

Look, the American|is with us.

We've been trading,|just like you said.

How long will that last?

Look, I've spent half my life

In the woods and mountains.

We can live off the land.

You don't understand.|You are too young.

It cannot be done.

What else is there?

You hear me?

To stay here and die?

It cannot be done.

Andrei! How do we|get through that wire?

I don't know|what you are talking about.

Your friend Lazar...

I mean, he knows, doesn't he?

You told me that.

Piss off now.

You can't see, can you?

Please don't leave me behind.

Promise me, Andrejs.

I can hold onto|your shoulder by night.

I can... I can see shapes.

By day I can see just fine.

I won't hold you up.

Please don't tell the others.

In here, I die.


There are no secrets here.

What do you want?

The game goes against me.

Small debt, they take fingers.

Big debt, they take head.

Me, big debt.

But I never gambie my Wolf.

In forest, you need knife,

and I need miracle.|Get me out of here.

Come on! Come on!

Look! keep going.|Keep going!

We must keep going!|Get up!

Get up!

Activity,|or we die right now.

You know|how fast the dogs are.

Run, damn you!

Mister, come on,|look at me.

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