Grandpa Ward gives a horse he found to his grandchildren, who keep it in their tower-block flat in Dublin. The horse is stolen from them, and the two young boys set out to find it and flee on it.

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Papa Reilly
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Kathleen
Ciarán Fitzgerald ...
Rúaidhrí Conroy ...
Tito (as Ruaidhrí Conroy)
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Barreller
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Hartnett
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Anita Reeves ...
Mrs. Murphy
Ray McBride ...
Mr. Murphy
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Morrissey
Stuart Dannell-Foran ...
Conor Murphy (as Stuart Dannell)
Becca Hollinshead ...
Birdy Murphy
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A gigantic white stallion appears mysteriously to a Traveller grandfather and his two grandsons in an Irish slum. Since, puzzlingly, the younger of the two boys is the only individual who can control the horse, ownership falls to him and his older brother by default. There being no place for the animal, they move him into the apartment of their alcoholic Traveller father. Police remove him and, in a shady deal, he ends up under control of a wealthy, underhanded horse breeder. The boys manage to retrieve him and escape on his back, but the stallion seems to have his own travelling agenda. Written by JH

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Accused of a crime they didn't commit, two city kids and a magical horse are about to become the coolest outlaws ever to ride Into The West. See more »


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Rated PG for some mild language and violence | See all certifications »

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17 September 1993 (USA)  »

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Das weiße Zauberpferd  »

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$4,790,801 (USA)
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The film has a veritable Irish All-Star cast: This is the only time Gabriel Byrne, David Kelly, Colm Meaney and Brendan Gleeson appear together in the same film. See more »

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The horse ranges in color, from gray with darker gray mane and tail, to almost completely white, and a very noticeable braid in his mane disappears and reappears throughout. See more »

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Papa Reilly: [to his son] You're not gonna return there again. You have to pretend your name is Murphy. Do you understand that?
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Fare Thee Well Love
Music and Lyrics by Jimmy Rankin
Performed by The Rankin Family
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One of the best Irish Movies
28 August 2003 | by (Pleasant Hill, CA) – See all my reviews



This is a deceptively complex movie. The basic plot outline of the Traveler boys stealing their horse back and leading police on a cross country chase suggests a simple boys adventure tale. And so it is. But it is also a commentary on Irish society. After all, it is a policeman and an industrialist who combine to steal the horse and change its name from the Irish Tir na nOg (based on an ancient legend) to National Security. (Do you really need me to point out the obvious symbolism there?) The subtext of the movie is about Ireland's beleaguered unique culture and identity fighting to assert itself. Of course, if you choose to focus solely on the plot and the humor, you'll have a great time. But if you look beneath the surface, you will find so much more.


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