"The Way Back" is a 2020 American sports drama film directed by Gavin O'Connor.
The starring cast includes Ben Affleck, Al Madrigal, Michaela Watkins, Janina Gavankar, Brandon Wilson, Glynn Turman, Todd Stashwick, Charles Lott Jr., Will Ropp, Melvin Gregg and others.
Warner Bros. Pictures on Monday, February 03, 2020 released the trailer:
THE WAY BACK - Official Trailer 2.
Jack Cunningham (Ben Affleck) is an alcoholic construction worker who is separated from his wife, Angela (Janina Gavankar). While at Thanksgiving dinner with his mother, his sister Beth (Michaela Watkins), and her family, Beth reveals that friends, including Angela, have expressed concern about his drinking and isolation from friends and family. The next day, Jack receives a call from Father Devine at his Catholic high school Bishop Hayes, where he was a star basketball player and led the team to multiple championships. Father Devine asks him to step in as the school's basketball coach, as the current coach has suffered a heart attack. Jack is initially reluctant, but accepts the job. Jack is introduced to assistant coach and algebra teacher Dan (Al Madrigal), as well as members of the team. Bishop Hayes has only won one game, and has not gone to the playoffs since Jack was a student. As a result, student interest in basketball has dropped greatly, leaving the team with just six varsity players. Among these players are Brandon (Brandon Wilson), the team's introverted point guard and most talented player, and Marcus, the team's center, who aggravates his teammates and Jack with his attitude.
Angela meets with Jack and reveals that she is seeing someone new. Jack continues drinking heavily; his friend Doc (Glynn Turman) takes him home from the bar every night, making sure he arrives safely.
The team faces Memorial, a larger school with a much more talented team, in one of Jack's first games as coach. Trailing significantly and frustrated at a perceived lack of effort, Jack benches Marcus and demands the team play with more toughness. Nevertheless, Bishop Hayes loses badly. Dan begins to notice signs of Jack's alcoholism, including an allusion to his drinking habits by Memorial's coach and finding beer cans in Jack's office.
Here is the full cast and characters of The Way Back.
The film The Way Back was scheduled to be released on March 6, 2020 (United States) and on July 23, 2020 (Germany) by Warner Bros. Pictures, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, NOS Audiovisuais, Tanweer Alliances and HBO Max.
The duration of the film is 108 minutes. With a budget of $21 - 25 million, the film grossed over $14.7 million.
The film The Way Back is rated with "R" rating.
The Way Back filming. Principal photography began in October 2018 around the San Pedro neighborhood of Los Angeles.
The Way Back got high rating from critics. IMDB rating is 6.7/10. Rotten Tomatoes rating is 84/100. Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "B+" on a scale ranging from A+ to F.
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