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Far and Away (1992)

PG-13 | | Adventure, Drama, Romance | 22 May 1992 (USA)
A young Irish couple flee to the States, but subsequently struggle to obtain land and prosper freely.

Director:

Ron Howard

Writers:

Bob Dolman (story), Ron Howard (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Cruise ... Joseph Donnelly
Nicole Kidman ... Shannon Christie
Thomas Gibson ... Stephen Chase
Robert Prosky ... Daniel Christie
Barbara Babcock ... Nora Christie
Cyril Cusack ... Danty Duff
Eileen Pollock Eileen Pollock ... Molly Kay
Colm Meaney ... Kelly
Douglas Gillison Douglas Gillison ... Dermody
Michelle Johnson ... Grace
Wayne Grace ... Bourke
Niall Toibin ... Joe
Barry McGovern Barry McGovern ... McGuire
Gary Lee Davis Gary Lee Davis ... Gordon
Jared Harris ... Paddy
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Storyline

A young man leaves Ireland with his landlord's daughter after some trouble with her father and they dream of owning land at the big give-away in Oklahoma ca. 1893. When they get to the new land, they find jobs and begin saving money. The man becomes a local bare-hands boxer and rides in glory until he is beaten, then his employers steal all the couple's money and they must fight off starvation in the winter and try to keep their dream of owning land alive. Meanwhile, the woman's parents find out where she has gone and have come to the U.S. to find her and take her back. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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He left behind everything he knew for the only thing he ever wanted. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some violence and sensuality | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The recreation of the Great Land Rush involved 800 extras, 400 horses and 200 wagons. The extras were all recruited from a re-enactment society called The Re-enactors. See more »

Goofs

When Shannon and Joseph first go to meet the ward boss, Shannon's face is splattered with blood, and she wipes some of it away. Later in the scene, the blood is back on her face. See more »

Quotes

Joseph Donnelly: You're not in Ireland any more! You arrogant bastard!
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Crazy Credits

Near the end of the credits, special thanks are given to, among others, Fungi the Dingle Dolphin. See more »

Alternate Versions

Here's a detailed description of all the additional scenes in the Extended Version, Part 1 :
  • When Joseph's dad dies, there is some added material where the dad says, "I've given you nothing, you boys. A small mold cottage on a bit of rock that isn't even ours, full of hollow labor." Also, there is a bit where the priest there looks at the dying dad curiously as he says his last words.
-During the funeral, there are some extra beats. The Priest talks to someone about being shot in the heart. Also included is a shot of the eviction notice being blown off the coffin after its placed down. A kid runs to get it but Joseph tells him to leave it. -When Joseph is getting his gun, there are some extra shots of the beach and more dialogue as Danty tries to be encouraging as Joseph mentions he doesn't know the landlord. -Extra shots during Joseph's journey as he drags the donkey along with him. There's a moment when he stops to see someone riding a horse and claims he will get one someday. -Extra bits in the bar scene as Daniel mentions how "love is the outcome of doom." Also, we actually see him leave the bar and fail on getting on his horse because of his drunken state. This explains why he walks his horse in the woods later. Also included is footage of Joseph preparing his gun and following close. -More footage is included of Joseph stalking Daniel in the woods as he sings. There's also a short shot before the mansion showing Joseph walking through the hedge entrance. -Before we see Joseph sleeping in the stable, we get a brief shot of Shannon riding her horse at dawn. -As Joseph spies on Shannon in the stable, we see extra shots of her removing her coat and unbuttoning the collar of her shirt. -The infamous bowl scene is slightly censored with the shot of Shannon looking underneath it removed along with the leg wound. The scene is slightly extended to have Shannon's mother ask her if there is "any sign of revival." -A new scene is added where some police show up on horses and talk to Daniel near the hedges. It's revealed Daniel hides liquor in the garden as he takes a sip from one of the hidden bottles. -More dialogue between Stephen and Shannon as he asks if she is "enjoying the peacocks." Shannon expresses how she feels "trapped in this stuffy house." Before Stephen insists she plays on the piano, Shannon tells her mother, "I'm not in a musical mood." -The scene where Shannon tells Joseph America is offering free land is extended. Before we see Joseph hobbling around in his room, we see an exterior of the mansion at night. During their talk, Joseph tells her "You'll never get to America. Look at you, you're nothing but ribbons." She replies, "It wasn't a ribbon that stabbed you in the leg." -When they are on the boat, Joseph complains how the ocean feels like a jail. Shannon tells him it's "a highway to the future." -Before the arrival in America, we a get a lengthy scene were Stephen is having a hard time writing letters to Shannon. Daniel tries to comfort him, but he keeps asking where she is. We also see Shannon has been secretly writing to Daniel as he reads on her letters privately. -When being hired, there is extra dialogue of Kelley introducing his "doomsday book" to Joseph. He explains those who get written in are his property. This explains a later deleted scene in Part II and why Joseph can't get work. -A new scene takes place before Kelley takes them to their apartment. Joseph discusses his previous boxing history and they witness a bunch of folks chasing after some Italians. Kelley remarks how "Boston is an Irish town." -After they get the apartment in the brothel, the scene extends as Joseph tries to calm Shannon down by mentioning that him and his brothers used to sleep in a barn. This doesn't comfort her as she heads out to a bathroom where she gets surprised by a customer in one of the bathtubs. -Before Daniel reveals the letters, there is added lines where he asks his wife what she is knitting. She replies, "I'm just passing the time until somebody cuts my throat." -After Shannon tells her boss off, a new scene takes place where Joseph tells her "You haven't the dimmest idea of how the world is run." Shannon doesn't care as she mentions how nice it would be to quit her job. They pass by some folks putting up electrical poles as a man on a horse passes by. To prove his point about how important her work is, Joseph mentions how hard it would have been to earn that horse. The man on the horse replies he actually stole it much to the surprise of Joseph. See more »

Connections

Featured in Nicole Kidman: An American Cinematheque Tribute (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

Book of Days
Music Composed and Performed by Enya
Lyrics by Roma Ryan
Produced by Nicky Ryan
Courtesy of Warner Music (U.K.), Ltd.
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A brilliant film!
8 May 1999 | by RDgirlSee all my reviews

Far and Away is definitely one of my favourite films. The acting and the scenery were both superb and I absolutely loved the story. Nicole Kidman and Tom Cruise were both brilliant in their roles and the romance between Shannon and Joseph was very believable (most likely due to the fact that they were married anyway!). Nicole gave a superb performance as Shannon, the scenes in which she is acting the innocent, but rebellious and naive young girl were brilliant. And Tom was superb as the poor but ambitious Joseph. A truly brilliant film which deserves to be on the big screen, I hope to be able to see it at the cinemas one day!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 May 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,194,520, 24 May 1992

Gross USA:

$58,883,840

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$137,783,840
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Sound Mix:

70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)| Dolby (35 mm prints)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.20 : 1
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