Into the West (1993)




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Mike Newell directs Jim Sheridan's screenplay (based on a story by Tim Palmer) in this enchanting and magical modern-day fairy tale. Gabriel Byrne plays Papa Reilly, a widower who lives with his two young sons, Ossie (Ciaran Fitzgerald) and Tito (Ruaidhri Conroy), in the slums of Dublin. There seems to be no hope for their bleak existence until the children's grandfather (David Kelly) arrives. Accompanying him is a beautiful and imposing white stallion named Tir na nOg, a magical creature from ancient Irish legends. The stallion takes a shine to the boys and they love the horse in return. But a legion of corrupt police plot to impound the horse for the purpose of selling it to a rich businessman. Ossie and Tito sneak off to rescue Tir na nOg. Grabbing the stallion, they get their father and, as the police chase after them, they make their way west.
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Gabriel Byrne
as Papa Reilly
Ellen Barkin
as Kathleen
David Kelly
as Grandpa
Johnny Murphy
as Tracker
Colm Meaney
as Barreller
John Kavanagh
as Hartnett
Brendan Gleeson
as Inspector Bolger
Jim Norton
as Superintendant O'Mara
Anita Reeves
as Mrs. Murphy
Ray McBride
as Mr. Murphy
Pauline Delaney
as Nan Connors
Dave Duffy
as Morrissey
Stuart Dannell
as Conor Murphy
Becca Hollinshead
as Birdy Murphy
Bianca Hollinshead
as Angela Murphy
Dave Carey
as Cafferty
Owen O'Gorman
as Cafferty
Mark O'Regan
as Welfare Man
Phelim Drew
as Sergeant Brophy
Sean Madden
as School Inspector
Tony Rohr
as Traveller
Lana Citron
as Sophie
Joan Sheehy
as Woman with Pram
Sean Lawlor
as Policeman With Riot
Tim McDonnell
as Shopkeeper
Gerry Stembridge
as Reporter
Joe Pilkington
as Detective
Frank O'Sullivan
as Policeman
Liam Cunningham
as Younger Policeman
Kevin Reynolds
as 1st Journalist
Michael J. Sheridan
as 2nd Journalist
Aine O'Connor
as Reporter
Dave Finnegan
as Man Selling Car
Gladys Sheehan
as Woman in Lift
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Critic Reviews for Into the West

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (2)

Unassuming and mildly pleasant, but mostly unassuming.

July 19, 2004
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

A family film in the truest sense of the word. Clever, wise, and endearing whether you have kids or not.

November 1, 2002
Flipside Movie Emporium

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June 20, 2005
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

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July 27, 2004

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February 21, 2003
Beach Reporter (Southern California)

Audience Reviews for Into the West


This one was a bit confusing. It is based on some Irish folklore that is at times hard to follow and/or understand. The kids were cute, and their relationship with the horse was adorable. The story itself was charming enough, but I think that some of the translation was lost somehow. Cute enough, though, for light entertainment...

Cynthia S.
Cynthia S.

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This completely failed to capture my interest. I actually kind of stopped paying attention about halfway through. The production is terrible (even for 1993) and the acting is pretty one-dimensional. The cheese factor is way too high, and there's just not enough plot.

Amanda Hendsbee
Amanda Hendsbee

This is one of those films that not many people know about, but should take a look at. "Into the West" is a family movie that contains some heavy material that is best recommended for viewing with older audiences. This movie that has been praised by critics everywhere, but it's a film everyone's ignored. It's definitely a one-of-a-kind production that needs to be seen to get a broader perspective on. The movie is great, yet not without its flaws, but the overall finished product is well worth viewing. "Into the West" may be an ignored film, but now it's about time we give it the proper recognition it deserves. The plot of the film revolves around two boys, named Ossie and Tito, living in the slums of Ireland with their dad trying to live on what little they have. The father is somewhat of a jerk, as he doesn't care for the people around him, but he loves his sons dearly. One day, Ossie and Tito's grandfather comes along and brings a white horse that has a special ability to jump any obstacle in a single bound. The boys, despite their father's words, keep the horse in a rundown apartment where the family is staying. This poses as a problem to the other residents living in the building, and the horse is soon taken away by the police. The horse is eventually sold to a rich business man, who wants to make a profit on the horse, but the boys find it and ride on an adventure, while dodging the local authorities, and go on a journey of great magnitude across the country. "Into the West" excels in its production values for a movie. We get a large amount of scenery from Ireland and it's just beautiful to look at. The cinematography in this film reminds of another great movie that was shot in Ireland: The Quiet Man (1952). Both films are great, but "The Quiet Man" is better, in my opinion. Now, here's a fun fact: Did you know that the director behind the fourth Harry Potter film also did this movie? It's true, and the direction here is way better than "Goblet of Fire". The movie is very enjoyable, but that doesn't mean it's perfect; it's good, but not without the setbacks. The movie could have improved a lot with the editing department. Why? Because there are so many close-up shots of the horse, like showing what it's thinking and what it's planning, but all these close-ups are really unnecessary. We want to see what happens next, but here, the answer of showing us what's going to happen, ruins our disbelief. Another problem I had with the film is that while the cast did a good job, I would have liked to see more character development going on. The movie does have a villain, he's evil for sure, but it just seems like his only purpose is to get money. The villain is underdeveloped and needs more of a back-story. But nonetheless, this film is not that bad, despite all its flaws. Overall, "Into the West" is an overlooked film that's definitely worth taking a view. Even though I'm notwithstanding its problems; the movie is great and will truly get a wider audience once everyone hears about this film.

James Kettering
James Kettering

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