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Into the West (1992)

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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

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Papa Reilly
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Kathleen
Ciarán Fitzgerald ...
Rúaidhrí Conroy ...
Tito (as Ruaidhrí Conroy)
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Grandfather
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Tracker
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Barreller
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Hartnett
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Inspector Bolger
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Superintendant O'Mara
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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Storyline

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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Ein magisches Abenteuer beginnt ... (A magical Adventure begins ...) 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)  »

Also Known As:

Das weiße Zauberpferd  »

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Gross:

$4,790,801 (USA)
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1.66 : 1
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Several horses were used for the white horse during filming. Mostly they were specially trained stunt/trick horses, but for a few shots a purebred Irish Connemara Pony was also used. See more »

Goofs

Neither boy can read until Tito gets a few lessons, but still can't read well, however, when the horse takes them to their mother's grave Ossie, who has not learned to read, asks (at around 1h 18 mins) "Why is my birthday on that stone?" See more »

Quotes

[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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References Shane (1953) See more »

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Danny Boy
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Lyrics by Frederick Edward Weatherly
Performed by Ciarán Fitzgerald
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Opinion of This Film
23 May 2001 | by (california, usa) – See all my reviews

This film's title is forgettable, though the film is not. It also is a film that defies categories. (i. e., adventure, family, etc.)

The cast is marvelous, including the children, and not least of all the beautiful horse. It is this ensemble of actors that endows the film with a legendary quality that is hard to forget.

The modern, harsh, and unadorned setting makes the story all the more poignant because it is not a fairytale. We can relate to these characters because their problems are problems that confront all of us. It is a story about underdogs we can root for, and about how animals and children enrich our lives by reminding us to set aside our cynicism, have faith, and be true to ourselves.

This is a great, highly underrated film that I'd recommend to anyone, anytime. I loved it!


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