Into the West

Into the West

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Director: Mike Newell

Cast: Gabriel Byrne, Ellen Barkin, Ciaran Fitzgerald


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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 fairytale. Gabriel Byrne plays Papa Riley, 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…  See more details below


Mike Newell directs Jim Sheridan's screenplay (based on a story by Tim Palmer) in this enchanting and magical modern-day fairytale. Gabriel Byrne plays Papa Riley, 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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Into the West starts with such high doses of mystical blarney -- earnest Irish folk music, a magical white horse -- that it threatens to take an early and permanent detour into preciousness. But that's not a very likely outcome for a script by unblinking realist Jim Sheridan, even at his most fanciful. In fact, in the capable hands of director Mike Newell, Sheridan's story of two boys on a journey of discovery is surprisingly grounded, earning greater suspension of disbelief with every stride deeper into the Irish countryside. (And what a countryside, as seen through the lens of DP Tom Sigel.) With these combined storytelling skills, a fairy-tale horse targeted toward its destination as if by remote control is not only easy to swallow, but tastes sweet going down. Child actors Ciaran Fitzgerald and Ruaidhri Conroy submit performances that are captivating and true, especially impressive because they have only each other to play off for large stretches of the movie. Their interactions are key to sustaining tension in a dozen different scenes. The supporting work of Gabriel Byrne as their father shouldn't be overlooked, either. Byrne goes against type as a layabout and low-level grifter, a generally uneducated man whose intense grief and resignation make the mere prospect of fatherly attentiveness seem impossible. Yet he's got as much to learn on this journey toward Tir na nOg as his sons, and as the movie progresses, it's clear exactly how much Byrne has invested us in his character. The result is a movie with its sorrows and its triumphs, its quiet and its whimsy, neither too heavy for children nor too slight for its deeper-thinking audience.

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[Wide Screen]
[Dolby Digital Surround]

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Closed Caption; Dolby Digital Surround Sound; Widescreen (1.85:1) - enhanced for 16x9 televisions

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Gabriel Byrne Papa Reilly
Ellen Barkin Kathleen
Ciaran Fitzgerald Ossie
Ruaidhri Conroy Tito
David Kelly Grandfather
Patrick Doyle m
Jamie Leonard ad
Pauline Delaney Nan Connors
John Hubbard Actor
Ros Hubbard Actor
John Kavanagh Hartnett
Johnny Murphy Tracker
Colm Meaney Barreller
Brendan Gleeson Inspector Bolger
Jim Norton Superintendent O'Mara
Anita Reeves Mrs. Murphy
Ray McBride Mr. Murphy
Dave Duffy Morrissey
Owen O'Gorman Cafferty
Mark O'Regan Welfare Man
Phelim Drew Sergeant Brophy
Tony Rohr Traveller
Dave Carey Resident
Joan Sheehy Woman with Pram
Clive Geraghty Smiley
Stanley Townsend Rico
Derry Power Hotel Clerk
Tim McDonnell Shopkeeper
Joe Pilkington Detective
Frank O'Sullivan Policeman
Liam Cunningham Younger Policeman
Sean Lawlor Policeman With Riot
Kevin Reynolds Reporter
Michael Sheridan Reporter
Dave Finnegan Man Selling Car
Gladys Sheehan Woman in Lift

Technical Credits
Mike Newell Director
Peter Boyle Editor
Consolata Boyle Costumes/Costume Designer
Gabriel Byrne Associate Producer
Jonathan Cavendish Producer
Jane Doolan Co-producer
Patrick Doyle Score Composer
Guy East Producer
Enya Score Composer
Mark Geraghty Art Director
David Keating Screenwriter
Jamie Leonard Production Designer
James Mitchell Executive Producer
Tim Palmer Producer
Michael Pearce Original Story
Jim Sheridan Screenwriter
Newton Thomas Sigel Cinematographer
Susan Slonaker Co-producer
Bob Weinstein Executive Producer

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Opening Credits [5:02]
2. "Your Name Is Murphy" [2:10]
3. Ossie's Gift [4:41]
4. The Legend of Tir na nOg [6:53]
5. Evicted [9:37]
6. Missing White Horse [4:42]
7. A Daring Rescue [6:25]
8. Grief [6:42]
9. God Bless the Travellers [4:45]
10. Painful Memories [7:17]
11. An Irish Posse [6:09]
12. A Night at the Theatre [5:55]
13. A Narrow Escape [7:31]
14. Led to a Grave [3:57]
15. Tir na nOg Returns to the Sea [9:18]
16. A Traveller's Funeral [2:30]
17. End Credits [3:39]


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Into the West 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Labradorlover0SM More than 1 year ago
Tir na Nog is a beautiful horse,like Chancey from CHANCEY OF THE MAURY RIVER.See INTO THE WEST.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love science fantasy, myth and legends and this movie falls into that category. A comment made by another reviewer about the political content of the movie is very true, it is there very strongly, but I also found it to deal with the human struggle on an emotional and spiritual level, too. This movie deals with human suffering by using two young boys and a horse trying to escape a discompassionate and oppressive environment. Their adventure with a beautiful, magical horse is a metaphorical journey of enlightenment. I thought this movie was sweet and funny, but I also was touched and uplifted by the story of the boys and their father.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The musis grabs you with its haunting sound. The visuals effect you with their contrast of poverty and beauty. The acting is first-class. Truly a family favorite.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I first saw this when I was about 17 years old and have loved it every since. I just watched with my husband at 26 still love it! It has no draw backs and its great for kids!!! Moving story, great Irish landscapes, good actors (Gabriel Burns), and tons of fun as two irish boys go on the biggest adventure of their lives! I just wish I could get the soundtrack for it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a movie which can be enjoyed by all ages. I loved the children who were so funny, especially taking the horse to the apartment building. The humor is so unassuming.
Guest More than 1 year ago
On the surface this is a great adventure tale about two Traveller boys stealing their horse back and going on a cross country chase. On another level, this movie is a critique of contemporary Ireland suggesting that the modern state is surpressing something essential in Irish culture. (It's not an accident that the millionaire who steals the horse Tir Na Og renames it ''National Security'', is it?) One of the rare movies that can be enjoyed on many levels, although the more familar you are with Ireland, the more obvious the critique becomes.