My Friend Tir na nOg

TITLE: INTO THE WEST

DIRECTOR: MIKE NEWELL

WRITER: JIM SHERIDAN

THE BOTTOM LINE: Myth and reality blend unsentimentally in a lovely, lively fairy tale about modern Ireland.

Two cute kids, their mother dead, their father sunk in despair. A splendid white horse who adopts them. Cruel adults who try to separate boys and steed. A comical-adventurous attempt by the innocents to escape their wicked -- or at least unfeeling -- oppressors.

Oh God, family fare. Well, yes and no. That is to say, you could safely bundle the brood off to Into the West and no harm would come to them....

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