Far and Away

1992, Romance/Adventure, 2h 20m

36 Reviews 50,000+ Ratings

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Handsome and simplistic, Far and Away has the beauty of an American epic without the breadth. Read critic reviews

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Joseph (Tom Cruise) and his landlord's daughter, Shannon (Nicole Kidman), travel from Ireland to America in hopes of claiming free land in Oklahoma. The pair get sidetracked in Boston, where Joseph takes up boxing to support himself. When he loses a pivotal fight, the two are left penniless. Now faced with poverty, the two must find new ways to scrape by. As their affection for each other grows, Joseph questions whether he is truly what Shannon needs in her life.

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  • Oct 27, 2012
    Pleasant film, if you're of Irish ancestry. Nothing is really special about the film. Some of the acting is vapid, the costumes are nothing special, but I do like the sound track.
    Christian C Super Reviewer
  • Sep 06, 2012
    This might have been one of the first movies I had ever seen, so my eight-year-old, limited-English-speaking self enjoyed it at least. Upon rewatch, I was disappointed to find its total puke-in-my-potato-and-leek-soup schlock-value. The stereotypical, opposites attract characters - Tom Cruise's rough bruiser, Nicole Kidman's fiery aristocrat, Robert Prosky's burdened rich man - John Williams' by-the-book, authentically inauthentic score, and Tom's authentically inauthentic accent (which is at least consistent).
    Alice S Super Reviewer
  • Apr 17, 2012
    I really wonder why on earth this was made. Absolutely terrible. Not only were the main two miscast, their accents were atrocious and the script seemed to have been a first draft written by a over-zealous newbie. Far too long and so boring I was close to falling asleep. The only thing I really liked was the core situation of the two (running away to an 'unknown' land) and Cruise. Even then I wouldn't bother watching it again. Total no go zone.
    Sophie B Super Reviewer
  • Jan 15, 2012
    Let's just say I was watching this in class a few weeks ago and was excited that Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman were in this film together, but I wouldn't call this a masterpiece as everyone in this website thinks it is for I would like to point out some flaws with this film. While the pacing moves at a wonderful brisk pace along with Ron Howard's lavish direction, the movie, while faithfully depicting the Land Run of 1893 event perfectly, suffers from a clichéd romance between Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman (the same thing would be used in James Camerons "Titanic" except the romance between Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet was done pretty flawless) and dialogue so tedious it would make you cringe throughout the film. Far and Away, however, has captivating and flawless music from the wonderful John Williams himself (the song in the ending credits "Book of Days" was pretty decent) and also has some astounding action scenes including a very creative one revolving the 1893 Land Run that has horses running throughout the plain-lands. The cast is also pretty good. Tom Cruise did excellent as Joseph, Nicole Kidman did great as Shannon, Thomas Gibson did very good as Stephen and Robert Prosky did a decent job as Daniel. If fans are interested in Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman, then this is for you, but only if you studied the historical event in Geography. Otherwise, stick to Titanic. Rating: 7.2/10
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