Into the West (1993) - Rotten Tomatoes

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
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
Joan Sheehy
as Woman with Pram
Sean Lawlor
as Policeman With Riot
Derry Power
as Hotel Clerk
Tim McDonnell
as Shopkeeper
Joe Pilkington
as Detective
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 (13) | Top Critics (3)

There must have been oofle-dust around in sackfuls to persuade Barkin to lend her aura to a project that asks so little of her.

November 14, 2017 | Full Review…

The bare story itself could be simplistic and silly: Cops chasing a couple of kids on a horse. But when relationships are involved, and social realities, and a certain level of magical realism, then the story grows and deepens until it really involves us.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

The pathos is powerful too, and one wonders why cinema managers don't sell packets of handkerchiefs along-side all the chocolate and ice-creams.

July 24, 2018 | Full Review…

Although it may not offer sufficient action and bratty humor for a contemporary tyke, this warm and moving story of two young brothers and a magical white horse will satisfy the same sort of parent-child combinations as The Secret Garden.

April 25, 2018 | Full Review…

Unassuming and mildly pleasant, but mostly unassuming.

July 19, 2004 | Rating: 3/5

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

November 1, 2002 | Rating: 4/5

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.

Super Reviewer

Silly little film about Gabriel Byrne and his screen children. Shouldn't be watching by anyone over the age of 10.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

Super Reviewer

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