Far and Away


Far and Away

Critics Consensus

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



Total Count: 33


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In this epic Ron Howard film, Joseph Donelly (Tom Cruise) is an impoverished 19th-century Irish tenant farmer who has recently lost both his father and his home to the agents of his unscrupulous landlord. On a mission to avenge his family's injustice at the hands of the ruthless land baron Joseph meets the landlord's daughter and the two run off to America together where the girl expects to claim a piece of land for herself in the Oklahoma Land Rush. After she is robbed on the boat that carries them to America, they arrive with nary a penny and struggle just to keep their heads above water in the slums of Boston. After a series of serious set-backs they do eventually work their way out West, where Joseph must fight to realize his dream and claim a piece of the American Dream for himself -- and where they finally acknowledge their love for each other. Shot in wide-screen Panavision, the movie was filmed on-location in Ireland and Montana.


Tom Cruise
as Joseph Donelly
Nicole Kidman
as Shannon Christie
Robert Prosky
as Daniel Christie
Barbara Babcock
as Nora Christie
Cyril Cusack
as Danty Duff
Ellen Pollock
as Molly Kay
Eileen Pollock
as Molly Kay
Gene Armor
as Frank Stegner
Rick Bartz
as Detective Schutte
Mark Mulholland
as 1st Peasant
Cynthia Haffield
as Girl in Bar
P.J. Brady
as 2nd Peasant
Tony Hamilton
as Bill Hook
Wesley Murphy
as Landlord
Tommy Redmond Hicks
as Captain Merrihew
Robin Jameson
as Ally Barrett
Laura Johnson
as Catherine Merrims
J.G. Devlin
as 1st Villager
Gerry Walsh
as 2nd Villager
Brendan Cauldwell
as Tavern Keeper
Joanne Laura
as Receptionist
Barry Laws
as Bartender
Paul Lyell
as MD Officer
Eileen Colgan
as 1st Lady
Kim McKamy
as Frank Stegner's Girlfriend
Kate Flynn
as 2nd Lady
Scott Mitchell
as Beaumont Detective
Joan O'Hara
as 3rd Lady
Jerry Recter
as Detective Rickey Jones
Poll Moussilides
as Hat Vendor
Gary Lee Reed
as LA Detective
Pat Kinevane
as Irish Vendor
Donncha Crowley
as Flag Vendor
Rick Zeller
as Beaumont Detective
Tim McDonnell
as Fruit Vendor
Brendan Ellis
as Rebel Leader
Martin Ewen
as Lamplighter
Brendan Gleeson
as Social Club Policeman
Hoke Howell
as Crew Boss
Rocco Sisto
as 1st Immigrant
Michael Ruud
as 2nd Immigrant
DonRe Sampson
as Railworker
Harry Webster
as Derelict
Mark Wheeler
as Officer
Pauline McLynn
as Prostitute
Joanne McAteer
as Prostitute
Elizabeth Kemler
as Prostitute
Cara Wilder
as Prostitute
Aedin Moloney
as Prostitute
Helen Montague
as Piano Player Prostitute
Carl N. Ciarfalio
as Italian Boxer
Tim Monich
as Bigoted Man
Alecia LaRue
as Boston Maid
Ian Elliot
as Turner
Bobby Huber
as Social Club Thug
Julie Donatt
as 1st Social Club Woman
Louisa Marie
as 2nd Social Club Woman
Brian Munn
as 1st Henchman
Bob Dolman
as Honest Bob
Phillip V. Caruso
as I.M. Malone
Tom Lucy
as Immigration Policeman
Carl Ciarfalio
as Italian Boxer
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Critic Reviews for Far and Away

All Critics (33) | Top Critics (8) | Fresh (16) | Rotten (17)

  • What is a surprise is that Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman are almost entirely credible in their roles.

    Oct 24, 2018 | Full Review…
  • Far and Away... is the director's attempt to step into the cinematic shoes of directors John Ford and David Lean. And, certainly, he's stepped into something with this sprawling, old-fashioned melodrama.

    Oct 24, 2018 | Full Review…
  • A little irreverence and some revisionist strokes would have lent some welcome spice to this bland meat-and-potatoes serving of U.S. history.

    Oct 24, 2018 | Full Review…

    Todd McCarthy

    Top Critic
  • Howard's lifelong ambition to make a film about his Irish ancestry results in a light confection, full of sweeping overhead shots and predictable pulp-fiction intrigue.

    Oct 24, 2018 | Full Review…

    Colette Maude

    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • Even at its hokiest, Far and Away is never less than heartfelt.

    Oct 24, 2018 | Full Review…
  • This time the concept of TV-for-a-very-big-screen comes out silly.

    Oct 24, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Far and Away

  • 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
    Gavin C Super Reviewer

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