Far and Away
- 2 hr 20 min
Far and Away is a U.S. movie telling a fictional story of Irish immigrants travelling to the U.S. at the end of the 19th century in search of land and wealth. The movie was famous at the time of production as it starred then married couple Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman; Far and Away was written by Ron Howard and Bob Dolman, with Howard also directing. The 140-minute movie was produced by Imagine Entertainment and distributed by Universal Pictures; despite mixed reviews from critics the movie was a global success making a large profit at the box office. Beginning in the early 1890s, Far And Away tells the love story of the poor Joseph Donnelly, played by Tom Cruise and rich Shannon Christie, played by Nicole Kidman. The story opens in Ireland with Donnelly seeing his house burned to the ground by his evil landlord. Angered by the treatment of his family by the Christie's Joseph travels to the large home owned by the family intent on killing the landlord; Joseph is intercepted by Christie's daughter, Shannon who raises the alarm to warn of Joseph's presence. A duel is planned between Joseph and the manager of the Christie estate, Stephen Chase who wishes to marry Shannon. Joseph is convinced by Shannon to escape with her and travel by ship to America to claim land; Joseph acts as her servant on the ship. After a series of mishaps and aborted career paths, including Joseph becoming a boxer and Shannon a dancer the couple eventually part after Shannon is shot. Joseph departs for the west, but eventually finds himself drawn back to the Oklahoma Land Run taking place in 1893; at the race Joseph finds Shannon accompanied by Stephen Chase attempting to claim a piece of land. Stephen and Joseph eventually fight over land and Shannon leaving Joseph apparently dead on the site of his wanted land. Shannon tells Stephen to leave before professing her love for Joseph bringing him back to life; the couple plant their flag and claim a piece of land in Oklahoma.