Far and Away (1992)

PG-13   |    |  Adventure, Drama, Romance


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A young Irish couple flee to the States, but subsequently struggle to obtain land and prosper freely.

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3 January 2002 | kyle_793
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| Who will deny Ron Howard his due?
Tom Cruise may have the "worst-looking" Irish accent on the face of the planet, but it is undeniable that he and Nicole Kidman are sizzling on the silver screen together. Their intensity shines as well as their artistic ability to envelop a character and relate their thoughts to a viewer. Besides their very well done performance, the film is absolutely beautiful. Kudos to the set and costume designers that spent long hours on Far and Away. But he real story in this film is Ron Howard. It is simply a asthetic masterpiece. I spent most of my time wishing that he had just set his camera up on the prairie and filmed the grass growing. It was truly beautiful. Incidentally, sometimes one scene just makes a film. Brings it up from a good film into near 'masterpiece' status. This is one of those films. The music (the best soundtrack of the year thanks to Horner) combined with Ron Howard's vision made the "land race" scene of Far and Away and classic within itself. Put this scene up there with the chariot race in Ben Hur and the parting of the Red Sea in The Ten Commmandments, it is just that good. This is, far and away, one of the best films of the year.

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Trivia

Director Ron Howard wasn't happy with Nicole Kidman's facial reaction during the shooting of the scene where her character lifts the bowl covering Joseph's (her husband Tom Cruise's) crotch. Without telling Kidman, he asked Cruise to remove his underwear. Howard got the reaction he wanted, and it appears in the film.


Quotes

Shannon Christie: Pretend you love me.
Joseph Donnelly: I pretend I love you.
Shannon Christie: I pretend I love you, too.


Goofs

Shannon falls off her horse into the muddy water, submerged nearly to her neck. The next time we see her on her horse, her white shirt is dry and pristine.


Crazy Credits

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


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.


Soundtracks

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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Genres

Adventure | Drama | Romance | Western

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