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Into the West (1992)

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
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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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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Release Date:

17 September 1993 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Das weiße Zauberpferd  »

Box Office


$4,790,801 (USA)

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Technical Specs

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Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Did You Know?


The name of the white horse is Tír na nÓg. This is Irish for "Land of Eternal Youth". See more »


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 »


[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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Remade as Into the West See more »


Eyes of a Child
Music and Lyrics by Rick Jude and Matthew Garey
Performed by Garden of Joy
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A couple of lads
8 February 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Irish themes often end up cloying or playing to stereotype. This movie, with its "mystical" Celtish theme and its message of Irish pluck could easily have fall into either trap.

But the kids -- and the horse -- save the day. Great actors, those boys. Great choreography with a beautiful horse. Together, these elements make the story remarkably engaging -- keep the story itself from devolving into bathos, and make it impossible for you not to suspend disbelief and root for the horse! Great directing to bring this all together.

Example of how such a fantastical story is presented with some subtlety: in one almost inconsequential shot, the two boys are walking down a crowded Dublin sidewalk, leading the horse. A couple of kids pass them, and throw unprovoked verbal abuse at the boys, disparaging them for being travellers. The older boy quickly spits back a retort or two in kind and then returns seamlessly to his ongoing conversation with his brother -- but doesn't break his stride and doesn't show any signs that the abuse has even registered with him. It is as once heart-rending (what does it say about his life so far that such an attack barely registers, it must be so common), and a testament to the boy's courage.

In that one brief scene, the movie shows the depth of character the kid will draw on throughout the movie, and you can't help but root for him! And the acting makes you feel like this is really who the boy is, not that he's an actor playing a part. (It was such a better scene than the heavy-handed scenes with the requisite bad cop.)

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