Lawrence O'Toole
May 06, 1994 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Into the West

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG
performer
Gabriel Byrne, Ruaidhri Conroy, Ciaran Fitzgerald, Ellen Barkin
director
Mike Newell
distributor
Miramax
author
Jim Sheridan
genre
ActionAdventure, Kids and Family

We gave it a B

Fairy tales need gossamer telling. This story of two Irish brothers (Ruaidhri Conroy and Ciaran Fitzgerald) who rescue a magical white horse from a venal businessman and flee to the west coast of Ireland is spun without much wonder. Boyhood fantasy and the world of Irish gypsies could have been the stuff of a rhapsodic flight of fancy, but here they’re disappointingly earthbound. Despite some charming moments, Into the West just doesn’t go into the west enough.

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