Into the WestDirector: Mike Newell
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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- Miramax Echo Bridge
- [Dolby Digital Stereo]
Cast & Crew
|Gabriel Byrne||Papa Reilly|
|Pauline Delaney||Nan Connors|
|Brendan Gleeson||Inspector Bolger|
|Jim Norton||Superintendent O'Mara|
|Anita Reeves||Mrs. Murphy|
|Ray McBride||Mr. Murphy|
|Mark O'Regan||Welfare Man|
|Phelim Drew||Sergeant Brophy|
|Joan Sheehy||Woman with Pram|
|Derry Power||Hotel Clerk|
|Liam Cunningham||Younger Policeman|
|Sean Lawlor||Policeman With Riot|
|Dave Finnegan||Man Selling Car|
|Gladys Sheehan||Woman in Lift|
|Consolata Boyle||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Gabriel Byrne||Associate Producer|
|Patrick Doyle||Score Composer|
|Mark Geraghty||Art Director|
|Jamie Leonard||Production Designer|
|James Mitchell||Executive Producer|
|Michael Pearce||Original Story|
|Newton Thomas Sigel||Cinematographer|
|Bob Weinstein||Executive Producer|
1. Midnight Stallion [7:08]
2. The Gift [4:31]
3. King of the Travelers [3:29]
4. Life on the Street [5:07]
5. Taken in the Night [4:22]
6. On the Tele [9:37]
7. In Hiding [6:56]
8. To the Mountains [4:47]
9. Real Cowboys [8:05]
10. Hunting Party [6:05]
11. The Movies [7:45]
12. Settling Down [4:17]
13. Under the Falls [5:17]
14. Mother Mary's Grave [4:07]
15. The Emerald Sea [15:28]
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Tir na Nog is a beautiful horse,like Chancey from CHANCEY OF THE MAURY RIVER.See INTO THE WEST.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.