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.
He's the star of the show--but he doesn't know. Jim Carrey wowed critics and audiences alike as unwitting Truman Burbank in this marvel of a movie from director Peter Weir (Witness, Dead Poets Society) about a man whose life is a nonstop TV show. Truman doesn't realize that his quaint hometown is a giant studio set run by a visionary producer/director/creator (Ed Harris), that folks living and working there are Hollywood actors, that even his incessantly bubbly wife is a contract player. Gradually, Truman gets wise. And what he does about his discovery will have you laughing, crying and cheering like few film stories ever have.
In an age defined by crew cuts, sport coats, and cheerless conformity, he not only broke the mold ... he reinvented it. Academy Award® winner Robin Williams (Best Supporting Actor, GOOD WILL HUNTING, 1997) delivers an extraordinary performance in one of the most compelling motion pictures of all time. Williams stars as English professor John Keating, a passionate iconoclast who changes his students' lives forever when he challenges them to live life to the fullest and "Carpe Diem" -- seize the day! Keating's unconventional approach meets with irrepressible enthusiasm from his students, but the faculty at staid, exclusive Welton Academy prep school is, to put it mildly, not amused.
When a young Amish woman and her son get caught up in the murder of an undercover narcotics agent, their savior turns out to be hardened Philadelphia detective John Book. Harrison Ford is sensational as Book, the cop who runs head-on into the non-violent world of a Pennsylvania Amish community. The end result is an action packed struggle of life and death, interwoven with a sensitive undercurrent of caring and forbidden love.
The drama examines the lives of Max, Laura, and Carla, all having been affected by a brush with death. As survivors of a plane crash, Max and Carla help each other search for meaning in their own existences. Max's wife Laura is marred when he seems unable to reconnect with her and their son.
Young Australian journalist Mel Gibson takes his first assignment in Indonesia during the 1965 coup. As the violence escalates, he has an intense affair with British journalist Sigourney Weaver. Linda Hunt ("Kindergarten Cop," "Pocohantas") won a well-deserved Oscar as Gibson's male photographer friend and jealous rival. A powerfully evocative political thriller with fascinating scenes of Asian culture. Academy Award-winner Gibson ("Lethal Weapon," "Braveheart," "Ransom"), Oscar and Golden Globe-nominee Weaver ("Alien ," "Ghostbusters," "Copycat"), and Hunt are joined by Michael Murphy ("Batman Returns," TV's "Dead Ahead: The Exxon Valdez Disaster"). Oscar-nominee Peter Weir ("Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World," "Dead Poets Society") wrote and directed.
In the hard edged near future, anti-hero Arthur Waldo (Terry Camilleri) ends up in the rural Australian village of Paris. Taken in by the Mayor (John Meillon), Arthur must navigate the tension between the corrupt town establishment and the wild new generation of Parisians - all of whom are concealing a horrific secret. 24 years before "The Truman Show", director Peter Weir gives us a surreal black comedy set in a sinister small town.