|The Way Back|
|Writer||Peter Weir, Keith Clarke|
|Starring||Ed Harris, Colin Farrell, Jim Sturgess, Saoirse Ronan|
|83rd Academy Awards|
The Way Back is a 2010 drama film directed by Peter Weir from a screenplay also by Weir and Keith Clarke, inspired by "The Long Walk" (1955), a book by Sławomir Rawicz, a Polish POW in the Soviet Gulag. It stars Jim Sturgess as Janusz, Colin Farrell as Valka, Ed Harris as Mr. Smith, and Saoirse Ronan as Irena.
A fact-based story centered on soldiers who escaped from a Siberian gulag in 1941. Three men reach India from Tibet, having walked 4000 miles after 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; he knows how to live in the wilds. They escape under cover of a snowstorm: a cynical American, a Russian thug, a comic 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, and moral questions of when to leave someone behind.