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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.

Director:

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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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

The father explains to the boys that Murphy is the most common last name in Ireland. This is true. See more »

Goofs

The photograph of Mary Riley shown at the beginning is larger and more widely framed (showing much of the front of her caravan) than the "same" picture shown at the end (showing only Mary and her baby in the door). 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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Connections

Referenced in Song of the Sea (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

Eyes of a Child
Music and Lyrics by Rick Jude and Matthew Garey
Performed by Garden of Joy
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One of the best Irish Movies
28 August 2003 | by tony-mastrogiorgioSee 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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