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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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Mike Newell

Writers:

Jim Sheridan, David Keating (additional writing)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gabriel Byrne ... Papa Reilly
Ellen Barkin ... Kathleen
Ciarán Fitzgerald ... Ossie
Rúaidhrí Conroy ... Tito (as Ruaidhrí Conroy)
David Kelly ... Grandfather
Johnny Murphy ... Tracker
Colm Meaney ... Barreller
John Kavanagh ... Hartnett
Brendan Gleeson ... Inspector Bolger
Jim Norton ... Superintendant O'Mara
Anita Reeves Anita Reeves ... Mrs. Murphy
Ray McBride Ray McBride ... Mr. Murphy
Dave Duffy ... Morrissey
Stuart Dannell-Foran Stuart Dannell-Foran ... Conor Murphy (as Stuart Dannell)
Becca Hollinshead 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 »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Official Sites:

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Country:

Ireland | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 September 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Das weiße Zauberpferd See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$4,790,801
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Jim Norton and Tony Rohr both appeared in Father Ted (1995-1998), a well-known Irish sitcom set on the fictional Craggy Island. Incidentally this is off the west coast of Ireland, where the climax of Into the West (1992) takes place. See more »

Goofs

In several shots of Tito and Ossie riding bareback while the horse is galloping, Ossie is represented by a very floppy dummy that's obviously tied and pinned to the stunt rider playing Tito (01:13:44 to 01:14:51). 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 »

Soundtracks

In a Lifetime
Music and Lyrics by Ciarán Brennan and Paul Brennan
Performed by Clannad
Courtesy of BMG Records (UK) Limited
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Gritty, lyrical Irish fable for the whole family
20 July 1999 | by Kiwi-7See 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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