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Far and Away (1992)

PG-13  |   |  Adventure, Drama, Romance  |  22 May 1992 (USA)
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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... See full summary »



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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. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some violence and sensuality | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

22 May 1992 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Un horizonte lejano  »

Box Office


$60,000,000 (estimated)


$58,883,840 (USA)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


This is the second movie Nicole Kidman and Tom Cruise are in together, they first met 2 years earlier in Days of Thunder (1990) See more »


When Shannon and Joseph first go to meet the ward boss, Shannon's face is splattered with blood, and she wipes some of it away. Later in the scene, the blood is back on her face. See more »


Joseph Donnelly: [after a bad argument with Shannon] Shannon! Shannon!
Joseph Donnelly: Shannon!
Molly Kay: Oh, why don't you shag her and get it over with?
Joseph Donnelly: She's... my sister!
Molly Kay: And I'm your mother.
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Crazy Credits

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


Referenced in Is That All There Is? (1993) See more »


Music Composed and Performed by Enya
Lyrics by Roma Ryan
Produced by Nicky Ryan
Courtesy of Warner Music, UK Ltd.
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Who will deny Ron Howard his due?
3 January 2002 | by See all my reviews

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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