Did the movie “The Way” motivate you to walk the Camino de Santiago ?

The question was:

1. If you are a first time pilgrim:

A. Was the Emilio Estevez and Martin Sheen movie “The Way” the first you’d heard about the Camino and,
B. Did it start the spark that motivated you to walk the Way?
C. If you had known of the Camino…did the movie convince you that now is the right time?

2. If you have previously walked the Camino:

A. Did the movie rekindle in you a desire to walk the Way again?
B. Did you suggest to someone, who you know had never considered walking the Camino, to see the movie and, after seeing it, they decided to walk the Way?

Read this interesting conversation on “The Way” and motivations for walking the Camino de Santiago here.

Martin Sheen’s THE WAY Gets Theatrical Distribution in the USA

The Way with Martin Sheen
The Way with Martin Sheen

The theatrical release of “The Way“, a film about the Camino de Santiago made by Martin Sheen and his son Emilio Estevez, is closer to its October open in the USA.

"The Way" USA and Canada
"The Way" in the USA and Canada

TalkMovies.com says today:

The film will open in 15 markets in the first week exclusively in AMC Theatres as part of a strategic marketing alliance with the theatre chain. It will expand to another 15 markets on October 14 and then will expand to 500 screens in theatres across the country on October 21.

We have talked more about “The Way” here, and in out Camino de Santiago forum and it was also mentioned in a recent Chicago Sun Times article.

“The Way” available on DVD

The Way” a Camino de Santiago movie with Martin Sheen has now been released on DVD in both the USA and in Europe.

Martin Sheen plays Tom, an American doctor who comes to France to collect the remains of his adult son, killed in the Pyrenees in a storm while walking The Camino de Santiago, also known as ‘The Way of Saint James’.
Summary of this film:

Driven by his profound sadness and desire to understand his lost son, Tom decides to embark on the historical pilgrimage, leaving his California life behind.

Armed only with his son’s backpack and guidebook, he begins the 800km historical pilgrimage but soon discovers that he won’t be alone on this journey – he meets other pilgrims from around the world, all broken and looking for greater meaning in their lives.

From the hardship experienced along “The Way” an unlikely group of misfits are bonded and Tom begins to learn the difference between “The life we live and the life we choose.”

The Way was filmed entirely in Spain and France along the actual Camino de Santiago.