Into the West

Screenwriter Jim Sheridan follows My Left Foot and The Field with a soppy tale of life among the Travellers. In his Dublin tower block, a broken man since the death of his wife, one time Traveller king Papa Riley (Byrne) is swayed from his determination to give his sons (Conroy and Fitzgerald) a conventional home when Grandpa Ward (Kelly) returns from his travels, bringing fanciful tales and a white horse which is lodged in the cramped flat. The authorities take a predictably dim view of this, but in confiscating the horse, provide both father and sons with a new lease of life. But the film lapses into tired whimsy when the boys masquerade as lawless cowboys. It's hard to share their vision of the west of Ireland as America's Western frontier, and impossible to perceive any danger from the uniformed incompetents in pursuit.

Release details

Duration: 102 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Mike Newell
Screenwriter: Jim Sheridan
Cast: Gabriel Byrne
Ellen Barkin
CiarĂ¡n Fitzgerald
Ruaidhri Conroy
David Kelly
Johnny Murphy
Brendan Gleeson

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5 / 5

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Dean

What has America got to do with this movie? The title is a play on the 'wildwest' which the travelling community have always been big fans of, but it really refers here in this movie to travelling kids in Dublin returning to the metaforical 'West of Ireland' from where the Travelling community originates. Don't be such a naval glazing Rich Yank and do your homework!

Dean

What has America got to do with this movie? The title is a play on the 'wildwest' which the travelling community have always been big fans of, but it really refers here in this movie to travelling kids in Dublin returning to the metaforical 'West of Ireland' from where the Travelling community originates. Don't be such a naval glazing Rich Yank and do your homework!