Sunrise Presents 'The Way Back'
The Sunrise Theater's SunFlix series presents "The Way Back," a period drama about a group of convicts who escape a World War II-era gulag and then must endure a treacherous journey of 4,000 miles from Siberia to India before attaining their freedom.
This film continues through Monday, April 4, with shows weekdays at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday at 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. "The Way Back" is rated PG-13 and runs for 130 minutes.
Directed by six-time Academy Award nominee Peter Weir, "The Way Back" is an epic story of survival, solidarity and indomitable human will. Shot in Bulgaria, Morocco and India, the film stars Jim Sturgess, Ed Harris and Colin Farrell as prisoners of a Soviet Union labor camp, who, along with four others, flee their Siberian gulag and begin a treacherous journey across thousands of miles of hostile terrain.
Academy Award nominee Saoirse Ronan and Mark Strong co-star. Written by Weir and Keith Clarke, the film is inspired by the acclaimed book "The Long Walk: The True Story of a Trek to Freedom," as well as first-person accounts and anecdotes as told to and researched by Weir and executive producer Clarke.
Peter Travers, of Rolling Stone, writes that "The Way Back" is "a riveting tale that clings bravely to the integrity of its storytelling, even at the risk of emotional remoteness. It's the journey that counts, and [director Peter] Weir makes you feel it in your bones."
Roger Moore, of the Orlando Sentinel, calls it "an entertaining old-fashioned prison escape movie with a touch of the epic about it ... a gripping adventure yarn, a movie that engagingly one-ups the various survive-the-wild TV series by giving us real survival situations and showing just what human beings can endure in their single-minded quest for freedom."
The historical Sunrise Theater is located at 250 NW Broad St. in Southern Pines. Tickets for the all shows are $7 for adults. Refreshments, including beer and wine, are available. All Sunrise Theater movies are commercial free.
For more information, contact the theater at (910) 692-3611 or www.sunrisetheater.com.
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