Into the West (1992)

PG  |   |  Family, Adventure  |  17 September 1993 (USA)
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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Papa Reilly
Ciarán Fitzgerald ...
Rúaidhrí Conroy ...
Tito (as Ruaidhrí Conroy)
Inspector Bolger
Superintendant O'Mara
Anita Reeves ...
Mrs. Murphy
Ray McBride ...
Mr. Murphy
Dave Duffy ...
Stuart Dannell-Foran ...
Conor Murphy (as Stuart Dannell)
Becca Hollinshead ...
Birdy Murphy


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 »


Family | Adventure

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

17 September 1993 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Das weiße Zauberpferd  »

Box Office


$4,790,801 (USA)

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1.66 : 1
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Did You Know?


Ellen Barkin and Gabriel Byrne were married to each other when the film was made. See more »


When the grandfather is arriving at the Towers in his caravan, another man standing in the caravan is clearly visible (at around 59 mins), even though the grandfather's only companions were his dog, his black horse and Tir Na nOg. See more »


[first lines]
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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Referenced in Song of the Sea (2014) See more »


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Gritty, lyrical Irish fable for the whole family
20 July 1999 | by See all my reviews

Don't let the cheesy video cover put your off. This is a gem of a family movie that uses a wee bit of magic to pull a dysfunctional Irish family back together. This is not a Disney film. The actors lack Hollywood's plastic sheen and cutesy appeal--they're real and honest, and good. You know from the start that this story will end happily, but there are some interesting surprises along the way, and at the end, you feel like you've just seen a piece of literature, not popcorn entertainment.

I give this film 9/10. My 12-year-old gave it 10/10, and my sometimes-cynical husband acknowledged "Yeah, it's a pretty good movie." That's high praise indeed.

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