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Peter Weir's new flick THE WAY BACK gets a trailer! And it looks gooooodddd!

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here. I love Peter Weir. His flicks are like cinematic treats to me, from Gallipoli to Witness to The Mosquito Coast to Master & Commander... love his stuff. It's amazing to me that we have new Scorsese, new Malick and new Weir films all on the horizon. The trailer for Weir's THE WAY BACK hit today and it looks great. What a gather of actors, from the new breed like Saoirse Ronan to vets like Ed Harris and those in-between (looking at you Colin Farrell) this is a helluva cast on what looks to be a remarkable trek. Enjoy the trailer!

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  • Oct. 8, 2010, 6:59 p.m. CST

    This should be good

    by jimmy rabbitte

    I love Sherman and Mr. Peabody.

  • Oct. 8, 2010, 7:16 p.m. CST

    Horribly revelaing trailer

    by altoandando

    I wonder what happens with the snake. Perhaps they roast and eat it and call it a big black chicken?

  • Oct. 8, 2010, 7:23 p.m. CST

    Was that the Great wall of China?

    by I_Snake_Plissken

    If so, I'm guessing they make it out of Russia.

  • Oct. 8, 2010, 7:27 p.m. CST

    And by the way

    by I_Snake_Plissken

    Weir is one of those rare directors with automatic credibility - he's made some great films, going all the way back to Gallipoli, which to this day is one of my personal favorites (and Witness is arguably Harrison Ford's finest performance).

  • Oct. 8, 2010, 7:31 p.m. CST

    Saw The Last Wave on HBO

    by proevad

    when I was a kid. The ending of that thing haunted me for weeks. I still think of that image from time to time. He could shoot a Geico commercial and I would watch it. Excited for this one.

  • Oct. 8, 2010, 7:41 p.m. CST

    Mr. Peabody's time machine?

    by I_am_the_ultimate_product

    They should make a movie about that. Bruce Willis as Mr Peabody and Keanu as Sherman.

  • Oct. 8, 2010, 7:42 p.m. CST

    Looks good

    by redkamel

    This could be really good. Sold me!

  • Oct. 8, 2010, 7:43 p.m. CST

    Dammit jimmy rabbitte!

    by I_am_the_ultimate_product

    I thought I was being clever...

  • Oct. 8, 2010, 7:52 p.m. CST


    by Shaner Jedi

    always makes quality films. I'm looking forward to seeing this.

  • Oct. 8, 2010, 8:21 p.m. CST

    Dude should be the one making DUNE

    by Octaveaeon

    And Aronofsky the new Superman remake. <p> And Del Toro 'The Hobbit.' <p> And...

  • Oct. 8, 2010, 8:25 p.m. CST

    Fucking. Epic.

    by ebolamonkey

    That's what I need right now. A little David Lean tickle to my undercarriage. Don't let me down Weir.

  • Oct. 8, 2010, 8:26 p.m. CST

    Never made a bad film...

    by bluechao

    Peter Weir is probably my choice for greatest living director. His "worst" film is Mosquito Coast, and that's a pretty damn good movie, IMO. I will automatically see this.

  • Oct. 8, 2010, 8:33 p.m. CST

    Fuck Avatar and Spiderman 4...


    this is something to get excited about. Weir is one of the true underappreciated masters of the craft. Personal favorite for me is Fearless, man I love that movie. Also some of Jeff Bridges finest work. If anyone here has not seen that, please do so immediately and you're in for a hell of a treat.

  • Oct. 8, 2010, 8:36 p.m. CST

    alright trailer. still looks fucking amazing.

    by TheDark0Knight

    Peter Weir is a god.

  • Oct. 8, 2010, 8:54 p.m. CST

    I'm in.

    by vettebro

    This movie does look good.

  • Oct. 8, 2010, 9:27 p.m. CST

    Film probably good...trailer = HARRIBLE music = VILE

    by quantize

    more fucking screaming and pompous cliches..

  • Oct. 8, 2010, 9:37 p.m. CST

    Mosquito Coast was awesome not worst

    by paulloch

    great performances all around. I wish Mirren and Ford could team up again. Weir's weakest was Green Card

  • Oct. 8, 2010, 9:43 p.m. CST


    by RoarsLoudly

    This looks sooooooooooooooo good!

  • Oct. 8, 2010, 9:48 p.m. CST

    'The Last Wave' finally on dvd....

    by SmokingRobot

    One of my all-time favs.

  • Oct. 8, 2010, 9:55 p.m. CST

    80 Days

    by Could_Harrys_Oblong_Penis_Penetrate_Another_Hermaphrodite

  • Oct. 8, 2010, 11:18 p.m. CST

    Great trailer, but...

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    ...the Apocalyptic Choir Of Doom AGAIN?! Raus-raus-raus-raus-raus-raus-RAUS-RAUS-***RAUS***! [boom]

  • Oct. 8, 2010, 11:32 p.m. CST

    by Omar B

    I support this trailer (in a JFK voice).

  • Oct. 8, 2010, 11:36 p.m. CST

    Open letter to Ron Howard

    by Randall Flagg

    Get Peter Weir for one of the theatrical episodes of Dark Tower

  • Oct. 9, 2010, midnight CST

    if you don't think that's awesome...

    by BadMrWonka

    then you need awesome lessons. (sorry, been watching a lot of Office and Sportscenter)<p> and can we all get on board with Jim Sturgess being legit? the guy's got real chops. whether he's a singer in an alternate life is irrelevant. he's making increasingly amazing career choices, and he's immensly talented.<p> this movie looks nothing short of amazing. a serious epic. what was the last TRUE epic we had? I know Stone's Alexander was an attempt, but let's be honest...

  • Oct. 9, 2010, 3:49 a.m. CST


    by DC Films

    Great idea - i'd love to see a Peter Weir DUNE !!! <p><p>THE TRUMAN SHOW is one of the most perfect movies ever made - and my favorite Ed Harris performance (nice to see them working together again.<p><p>DUNE is potentially Great, but Lynch's version (which i love) has scared the suits away from handing it over to an auteur, so they've shopped it to Directors more interested in action and entertainment, than in content and character.<p><p>Big mistake i think, as DUNE's strengths are in the details - it's more akin to SYRIANA, or THE GREEN ZONE than to STAR WARS and those films were weak because they focused on action and kinetics -- they're DUNE-like political content and characters seemed complicated rather than complex. DUNE needs a director that does complex well, an Alan J. Pakula, or an FF Coppola in their primes, not a John Woo.

  • Oct. 9, 2010, 5:48 a.m. CST

    Based on "The Long Walk" an excellent book

    by Cameron1

    Though there are some serious doubts about it's legitimacy it's still a hell of a tense and exciting read. Peter Weir tackling the story is something to be very VERY excited about.

  • Oct. 9, 2010, 5:49 a.m. CST

    Looks fucking EPIC

    by pax256

    And an utterly original story.

  • Oct. 9, 2010, 6:45 a.m. CST

    Just bought "Picnic at Hanging Rock" on Blu-ray

    by BenBraddock

    Still an amazing, atmospheric film. That and "Gallipoli" are my Weir faves.

  • Oct. 9, 2010, 6:49 a.m. CST

    In the book, there are yeti!

    by Seven_of_Borgnine

    I'm serious. I wonder if they'll leave that part in.

  • Oct. 9, 2010, 8:23 a.m. CST

    FEARLESS is a masterpiece

    by centilope

    Check it out if you haven't already.

  • Oct. 9, 2010, 9:22 a.m. CST

    Looks all right

    by Daniel2010

    Might have worked better just as a prison story, but this journey looks like we've already seen everything that's gonna happen.

  • Oct. 9, 2010, 9:53 a.m. CST

    Looks great, but lose the fake accents

    by Bot-Bot

    Why does Ed harris get to keep his American accent, and the other guys put on fakey-fake accents? I love Peter Weir's films, so I hope this isn't too distracting.

  • Oct. 9, 2010, 10:21 a.m. CST


    by proevad

    Thought it was really uneven. Great work by Bridges tho. Does the guy ever go wrong? Even in shit films like arlington road and blown away he's amazing.

  • Oct. 9, 2010, 10:23 a.m. CST

    Now this is what's missing in modern movies

    by Ray Gamma

    It looks fantastic

  • Oct. 9, 2010, 10:50 a.m. CST

    We need a new rule for movie music

    by Crobran

    I really enjoyed Master And Commander, and this movie looks like it could be good, but the music for this trailer is bloated. This music belongs to a plot containing epic battles in which the fate of the world is at stake. We need to have a rule that keeps this from happening, because when it does, it's hard to ramp the music up more for a bigger plot. It's like using the word "incredible" all the time. If you do that, then when something truly incredible comes along, you don't have any words to use. The same thing applies to music.

  • Oct. 9, 2010, 10:58 a.m. CST

    Choirs in trailers

    by proevad

    Are really getting on my nerves. Just saying. Don't know if there was a HP/Lotr choir in this one, but enough already. And enough with saying every novel a film is based on is epic or a "timeless" masterpiece. Sorry. Get pissy on the sabbath. Jewish guilt for bein on here probably.

  • Oct. 9, 2010, 11:35 a.m. CST

    79 Days

    by William_Faulkner_Is_A_Ban_Mad_Mod_Sock_Puppet

  • Oct. 9, 2010, 11:45 a.m. CST

    Utamoah, Harris is playing an American soldier...

    by Cameron1

    so he gets to keep his real accent.

  • Oct. 9, 2010, 4:39 p.m. CST


    by AsimovLives

    Peter Weir made great movies BEFORE Gallipolli. PICNIC AT HANGING ROCK and THE LAST WAVE, you know?

  • Oct. 9, 2010, 7:29 p.m. CST

    Love all his work, but I'm insanely in love with

    by dogu4

    Master and Commander. Of course it is impossible for it to all come together for a sequel, and, well...anyhow, I can't wait to see this next one too....I'm captivated by this scope and scale of movie that takes place within' wild landscapes.

  • Oct. 10, 2010, 3:16 a.m. CST

    I haven't seen his movies pre-Gallipolli

    by TheWaqman

    I should get on that. But I loved all of his films after. Gallipolli and Master and Commander are probably my favorites. Dude's awesome. Colin Farrel's awesome. Ed Harris is too, and so is the book this is based on. Guaranteed to be pretty good movie? Possibly.

  • Oct. 10, 2010, 4:20 a.m. CST

    Apparently the film is amazing

    by kwisatzhaderach

    Been getting great reviews. No surprise really, Weir is one of the top 5 directors walking the planet. He and Ed Harris make this an automatic must-see.

  • Oct. 10, 2010, 8:24 a.m. CST

    No love for Sturgess?

    by Tikidonkeypunch

  • Oct. 10, 2010, 10:33 a.m. CST

    Weir is one of the most consistently terrific directors out ther

    by bluetunehead

    I've never been disappointed with one of his films.

  • Oct. 10, 2010, 11:32 a.m. CST

    Weir's as dependable as anyone around

    by Disco_sucks

    You know he's almost certainly going to deliver with whatever he comes up with and this seems no exception (though I don't think he's crossed the boundary between 'good' and 'great' enough to be lauded as one of the best). I'll definitely be seeing it, despite the presence of Mr Hack himself, Ed Harris.

  • Oct. 10, 2010, 3:15 p.m. CST


    by Calico Pete

    Will bring the necessary otherworldliness and poetry.

  • Oct. 10, 2010, 3:45 p.m. CST

    Yeah he would be great for The Hobbit

    by TheWaqman

    if Jackson is unavailable to direct/or turns it down. I'm kinda happy actually that Del Toro left because outside of his design work I think he's not a very good director.

  • Oct. 10, 2010, 4:34 p.m. CST

    Only Weir movie that disapointed me was GREEN CARD

    by AsimovLives

    I can't believe he made that one. He redeemed big tiem with FEARLESS. His most headscratching movie has to be THE CARS THAT ATE PARIS. It takes Eraserhead to make that movie look kinda normal.

  • Oct. 10, 2010, 6:49 p.m. CST

    It must have been fun to do

    by chien_sale

  • Oct. 10, 2010, 7:20 p.m. CST


    by MyScreenplayWasRejected

    You call Ed Harris a "hack"? Credibility=blown.

  • Oct. 10, 2010, 9:18 p.m. CST

    Picnic at Hanging Rock is one of my all time favs

    by T 1000 xp professional

    the atmosphere is so thick on that film you can feel it. Now, this is something to definitely be excited about.... As far as the cast goes, umm Ed Harris? ..yes, please.

  • Oct. 10, 2010, 9:21 p.m. CST

    Since they're going through with the Shadow of the Colossus movi

    by T 1000 xp professional

    He'd be my top pick... Of course, he won't go anywhere near it unless, you know.. God blesses us.

  • Oct. 10, 2010, 9:54 p.m. CST

    I love Weir, and I love Ed Harris. I'm there day one.

    by IronEagle74

    Ed Harris, by the way, is one of the most underrated and underappreciated actors in American film history.

  • Oct. 11, 2010, 9:28 a.m. CST

    Hats off to Farrell.

    by Knuckleduster

    He's going out of his way to work with great filmmakers. He's already worked with Malick, Mann and Spielberg. Now Weir and Neil Jordan. Good for you, Colin. <p> Fuck, I love Weir's films. One of the few great filmmakers. I have such a soft spot for Dead Poet's Society, Gallipoli and Fearless. Love his earlier work too. I've had The Plumber on my desk for ages, but still haven't watched it. Should really make the time.

  • Oct. 11, 2010, 12:02 p.m. CST

    seconded utamoh

    by foree forehead

    speaking english with horribly bad russian accents... in russia... ...