Video Release: March 11, 2008
Theatrical Release: 1992
Rating: PG-13 (MPAA)
Studio: Universal Studios Home Video
- Closed Captioned
- Runtime: 140 minutes
- NTSC (Canada and USA)
- Wide Screen
- Released in English
Joseph Donelly, an ambitious young salt-of-the-earth tenant farmer, lives with his father and two older brothers on a patch of land they're struggling to cultivate. Though they're hard workers, the Donelly men are several payments behind on their unfairly high rent. When a local protest against wealthy landlord Daniel Christie results in an accident which takes Joe Sr.'s life, young Joseph crosses Ireland in search of revenge. But his attempt at vengeance is thwarted by Miss Shannon Christie, the landlord's high-spirited and headstrong daughter who stabs Joseph in the thigh with a pitchfork. While convalescing in the Christie's stately manor, Joseph is propositioned by Shannon, who asks him to travel -- as her servant boy -- to America. Together they plan to escape the oppressive strictures of their homeland, only to discover a host of obstacles in the New World.
Set in Ireland, Joseph is a poor tenant farmer determined to bring justice to an oppressive landlord. Instead, he finds himself accompanying the landlord's daughter, Shannon, to America in a quest for land. In the excitement of the Oklahoma land rush, they realize their dreams of land and life together. See "Cimarron" for an interesting comparison.
"Far and Away," was shot with 65m stock with Panavision's new super 70 equipment and was released as a 70mm film. It is the first film in almost thirty years to be made this way. Apparently the new super 70 equipment achieves a normal panavision aspect ratio, one not as wide as the Super Panavision 70 process of thirty years ago.
The last film shot on 70mm stock was "Ryan's Daughter," also set in Ireland. This film stock was rendered obsolete for many years, partially because it is very expensive.