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Far and Away (1992)

PG-13 | | Adventure, Drama, Romance | 22 May 1992 (USA)
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... See full summary »

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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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They needed a country that was big enough for both of their dreams. See more »


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

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22 May 1992 (USA)  »

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$60,000,000 (estimated)

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$58,883,840 (USA)
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Coincidentally, Tom Cruise and Thomas Gibson were both born on July 3, 1962. See more »

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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

Coniff: I think the prettiest girl in this factory, the one with the prettiest eyes, and the prettiest red hair, is Joseph's sister - if you don't mind me saying so Joseph.
Joseph Donnelly: Well, ya can say what you like lad. But I warn ya, that redhead has a bite that stings.
Flynn: [to Shannon] Get to work!
Shannon Christie: Get your filthy hands off me you ugly animal!
Flynn: That'll cost you a day's wage. Go ahead. Insult me again.
[spits]
Shannon Christie: [weakly] Pig.
[women laugh]
Flynn: There goes tomorrow. Done?
Shannon Christie: [...]
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Near the end of the credits, special thanks are given to, among others, Fungi the Dingle Dolphin. See more »

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Referenced in New Frontiers: Making 'The Missing' (2004) See more »

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BOOK OF DAYS
Music Composed and Performed by Enya
Lyrics by Roma Ryan
Produced by Nicky Ryan
Courtesy of Warner Music, UK Ltd.
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Involving, Old-Fashioned Epic
14 January 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a fairly long movie but one that keeps your interest - at least it did mine - all the way with an epic-type adventure tale of Irish immigrants back in the 1880s in the U.S.

This movie is broken down into three distinct parts: 1 - Ireland (40 minutes, featuring some stunning scenery and good Irish music); 2 - Boston (one hour, featuring many brutal scenes of tough Irish immigrants and bare-knuckle fights); 3 - Oklahoma (the days on mining and the famous "land rush.")

The story is very intense and involving. One well-known critic called it "old-fashioned" and meant it as an insult. Well, I think the opposite. I agree that it's old-fashioned, in that it's epic storytelling and that's a good thing. It features solid acting by Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman and all the others, and Kidman isn't the only attractive thing in there. The photography is magnificent. I only wish the sound was better as there is almost nothing from the rear speakers.

Cruise is very convincing as a good man, so much so I hated to see some of those beatings he took in the Boston segment. Then again, I'm old-fashioned: I don't like to see the bad guys win over the good guys.

Overall, a memorable movie and one that you truly will care about the characters and the final outcome.


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