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After escaping from a concentration camp in Siberia during WWII, a small and desperate group of prisoners (some of whom are played by Jim Sturgess, Ed Harris, Colin Farrell and Saoirse Ronan) walk over 4000 miles through unforgiving wilderness to try to find freedom and safety in India.
Why Is The Way Back Rated PG-13?
The Way Back is rated PG-13 for violent content, depiction of physical hardships, a nude image and brief strong language.
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Violence: Men in a Soviet-era prison utter threats and break into fights. One man is stabbed by another who wants his sweater so he may trade it for food. Men are threatened with guns and torture by prison guards. Men are depicted dying in a blizzard. Characters provide verbal descriptions of torture and death. Characters on a journey are often starving, exhausted or in desperate need of water—makeup effects create believable representations of their state. An animal carcass is rapidly consumed by starving people—blood is seen. Other animals are consumed for food.
Sexual Content: Drawn images of nude women are seen briefly on two occasions. A naked female figure is seen on a Christian cross. Men without shirts are shown.
Language: Two sexual expletives are seen in English subtitles—presumably the equivalent word is spoken in another language. Infrequent mild profanities and a crude anatomical term are heard.
Drugs/Alcohol: Some characters are seen smoking. A bottle of alcohol is consumed.
Home Video Viewing Alternatives
Here are some ideas for home video titles that are related to The Way Back.
The outbreak of WWII forces a couple of mountain climbers in the same wilderness area to wander around for Seven Years In Tibet. During the same time period, two Jewish brothers escape into the Belarussian forests where they attempt to survive and help others who join them there, in the movie Defiance. A young boy escapes a consecration camp and tries to make his way across Europe in I Am David.
Canadian Movie Ratings
Canadian Home Video Rating: 14A
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Details on home video releases of The Way Back...
The Way Back releases to DVD and Blu-ray on April 22, 2011.