Far & Away

Directed by Ron Howard
Starring Nicole Kidman, Tom Cruise

Universal Studios Home Video | March 11, 2008 | DVD

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Husband and wife team Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman appear in Far and Away, a story of an Irish land tenant who flees high rents with none other than his landlord's daughter, heading for the promise of America. The challenges are not new to this pair - crooked landlords and tough competition. Shot in Panavision Super 70 film stock, noted for its panoramic view, which is perfect for a film about frontier spaces, this film is visually exciting under the direction of Ron Howard. Cruise and Kidman pull off Irish accents, passion and hope in their roles.

Video Release: March 11, 2008

Theatrical Release: 1992

Runtime: 140

Rating: PG-13 (MPAA)

Studio: Universal Studios Home Video

UPC: 025192021220

Found in: Action / Adventure, General, Romance / Tear Jerker

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Far & Away

Directed by Ron Howard
Starring Nicole Kidman, Tom Cruise

Video Release: March 11, 2008

Theatrical Release: 1992

Runtime: 140

Rating: PG-13 (MPAA)

Studio: Universal Studios Home Video

UPC: 025192021220


Edition Description
  • Dolby
  • Closed Captioned
  • Color
  • Runtime: 140 minutes
  • NTSC (Canada and USA)
  • Wide Screen
  • Released in English

Synopsis

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.

Description

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.

Notes

"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.