Far and Away (1992) Online
A young man leaves Ireland with his landlord's daughter after some trouble with her father and they dream of owning land at the big give-away in Oklahoma ca. 1893. When they get to the new land, they find jobs and begin saving money. The man becomes a local bare-hands boxer and rides in glory until he is beaten, then his employers steal all the couple's money and they must fight off starvation in the winter and try to keep their dream of owning land alive. Meanwhile, the woman's parents find out where she has gone and have come to the U.S. to find her and take her back.
|Cast overview, first billed only:|
|Tom Cruise||-||Joseph Donnelly|
|Nicole Kidman||-||Shannon Christie|
|Thomas Gibson||-||Stephen Chase|
|Robert Prosky||-||Daniel Christie|
|Barbara Babcock||-||Nora Christie|
|Cyril Cusack||-||Danty Duff|
|Eileen Pollock||-||Molly Kay|
|Gary Lee Davis||-||Gordon|
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.
The recreation of the Great Land Rush involved 800 extras, 400 horses and 200 wagons. The extras were all recruited from a re-enactment society called The Re-enactors.
The dress that Shannon admires in the shop window in Boston is one of the dresses worn by Clara Clayton in the last scene of Zurück in die Zukunft III (1990).
Although dialect coach Tim Monich had over 17 years of experience, this film was the first time that he had to teach his cast to speak in an Irish accent. Technically, Nicole Kidman's accent is incorrect. As a well-to-do landowner's daughter in Ireland at the time, she would have spoken with a largely English accent. That probably would have confused international audiences, so she was taught to speak in an educated Dublin accent.
Three of Ron Howard's great-grandparents actually rode in the Great Land Rush of 1893, as depicted in the film.
Fungi the Dingle Dolphin, who receives a special thanks in the end credits, is not a captive or trained animal. He is a solitary common bottlenose dolphin that has lived in the Atlantic waters around the coast of Kerry, Ireland, since at least 1983. He frequently interacts with swimmers, boaters and kayakers, and has become a local celebrity and tourist attraction. As of 2017, he still appears in the waters.
Coincidentally, Tom Cruise and Thomas Gibson were both born on July 3, 1962.
This is the second movie Nicole Kidman and Tom Cruise are in together. They first met two years earlier in Tage des Donners (1990).
In Ireland, this movie has become somewhat of a cult classic comedy for some of the most notoriously bad "Oirish" accents, in particular for Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman.
The boxing scenes were filmed in the partially renovated train station in Billings, Montana. An abandoned Price Club in Billings served as both a factory to produce rubber chickens used in the movie, and a soundstage for the brothel. The brothel was built inside, and fire pumps were used to create rain.
The first and last feature since Ryans Tochter (1970) to use the Super 65mm format. It would not be used again until Hamlet (1996) and again for The Master (2012).
Ron Howard asked Rod Steiger to audition for the role of Daniel Christie, which greatly infuriated the Oscar- winning actor. He did, but failed to win the part. Richard Harris was also asked, but he flatly refused.
Cyril Cusack's final film before his death on October 7, 1993 at the age of 82.
The film takes place from 1892 to 1893.
Temple Bar, in Dublin's city center, was shut down for at least three months to accommodate the construction of the Molly Kay's bordello street set. Local shops and businesses were well compensated for the inconvenience. Despite that, the entire street set is only glimpsed briefly during the film.
Sean Bean was considered for the role of Stephen Chase.
When the women are visiting the Christie's house, Shannon's mother tells her to play a nice piano piece. Shannon plays Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata. It's a reference to the code word "Moonlight" that Joseph is told when he is given the gun to assassinate Daniel Christie.