Far and Away (1992)




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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.
PG-13 (for some violence and sensuality)
Classics , Drama , Romance
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Universal Pictures

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Tom Cruise
as Joseph Donelly
Nicole Kidman
as Shannon Christie
Thomas Gibson
as Stephen
Robert Prosky
as Daniel Christie
Barbara Babcock
as Nora Christie
Ellen Pollock
as Molly Kay
Cyril Cusack
as Danty Duff
Eileen Pollock
as Molly Kay
Colm Meaney
as Kelly
Wayne Grace
as Bourke
Barry McGovern
as McGuire
Rance Howard
as Tomlin
Gene Armor
as Frank Stegner
Rick Bartz
as Detective Schutte
Peadar Lamb
as Farmer
Mark Mulholland
as 1st Peasant
Cynthia Haffield
as Girl in Bar
P.J. Brady
as 2nd Peasant
Tony Hamilton
as Bill Hook
Tommy Redmond Hicks
as Captain Merrihew
Wesley Murphy
as Landlord
Jimmy Keogh
as Priest
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
Derry Power
as Peter
Paul Lyell
as MD Officer
Noel O'Donovan
as Matthew
Jan Marlyn
as Rosie
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
Frankie McCafferty
as Map Vendor
Poll Moussilides
as Hat Vendor
Jerry Recter
as Detective Rickey Jones
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
Todd Hallowell
as 1st Thug
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
Clay Lilley
as Boxer
Cole McKay
as Boxer
Jeff Ramsey
as Boxer
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 (24) | Top Critics (3)

Away isn't for cynics, providing an authentic rush of experience that makes the effort feel huge, even when it details the smallest interests of the heart.

Full Review… | March 7, 2014

Intense, treacly Cruise-Kidman immigrant epic.

Full Review… | December 18, 2010
Common Sense Media

Poorly written and simplistically acted, the film also shows little chemistry between real-life couple Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman.

Full Review… | June 25, 2006

An enjoyable, highly-romantic, somewhat witty film

March 10, 2005

Overblown would-be epic of the Western frontier.

January 30, 2005
Fort Worth Business Press

Overlong Ron Howard epic with Cruise and Kidman.

January 2, 2005
Kansas City Kansan

Audience Reviews for Far and Away


The accents of the leads are horrible and the plot is quite silly at times but the film is entertaining enough to be bearable.

Wildaly M
Wildaly M

Super Reviewer

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
Christian C

Super Reviewer

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 Shen
Alice Shen

Super Reviewer

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