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The Best Quotes From 'The Way Back'

March 9, 2020 467 votes 69 voters 1.7k views21 items

If you've seen the new sports-related drama, we want you to vote for the best The Way Back quotes. The film contains many dramatic one liners, as its plot deals with some heavy subject matter. A couple funny lines are tossed in for intermittent comic relief, but by and large, this is a story with an emphasis on emotion.

Ben Affleck plays Jack Cunningham, a one-time high school basketball star. His life has fallen apart. He's getting divorced from his wife Angela (Janina Gavankar), and he works a dead-end job in construction. Jack also has a severe drinking problem that occupies his nights. He gets a chance at redemption when the priest in charge of his old school asks him to coach the basketball team on an emergency basis. The team has a losing record, but guiding them to victory might just give Jack a much-needed bright spot in life. He accepts the gig and they soon begin winning games. The drinking remains an issue, though, which threatens this new success Jack builds.

The Way Back reunites Affleck with director Gavin O'Connor, whom he worked with on The Accountant. O'Connor also made Miracle and Warrior. The screenplay was written by Brad Inglesby. 

Vote up the most memorable The Way Back quotes from the list below. 

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    Not A Better Team

    Jack Cunningham: You're nervous. I get it. Truth is, they're more talented than you. Probably got a better coach. But I promise you, they are not a better team. Because they haven't been through what we've been through. They don't know adversity. They don't know what it's like to get knocked down and have to get back up again. They don't know what it is to fight. 

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    The Ocean From The Beach

    Jack Cunningham (to Marcus Parrish): You want to know why they’re leaving you open? It’s because they don’t think you can hit the ocean from the beach.

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    Work Harder

    Jack Cunningham (after using profanity in front of the players): I’m working on it.

    Father Mark Whelan: Work harder.

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    Bad Decisions

    Jack Cunningham: I spent a lot of time hurting myself. I made a lot of bad decisions. I have my regrets.

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