Far and Away
is a 1992 drama film, starring then-married couple Tom Cruise
and Nicole Kidman
and was directed by Ron Howard
Set in 1893, Irish immigrant Joseph Donnelly (Cruise) and his landlord's daughter Shannon Christie (Kidman) leave for America after getting into trouble with her father, where they start to fall for each other and then take part in the Oklahoma Land Rush.
Actually, it's a bit more than that. Shannon wants to rebel against her traditional upbringing and run away to America. Joseph wants revenge on her father for taking his land and getting rich while his family starves. A little Hilarity Ensues
and Shannon drags Joseph with her as her servant boy. However, the tables are soon turned as Joseph must teach Shannon what real life and work involve, especially for Irish immigrants in Boston. Eventually the two fall in love and plan to run away together to the west.
Tropes seen in the film:
- Adventurous Irish Violins: Used throughout the musical score to emphasize the optimistic spirit of the Irish Battler.
- The Alcoholic: Daniel Christie
- American Dream
- And I'm the Queen of Sheba: Happens while Joseph and Shannon are pretending to be siblings.
Molly: *after watching an argument between them* Why don't you shag her and get it over with?
Joseph: She's... my sister!
Molly: And I'm your mother.
- Belligerent Sexual Tension: Shannon and Joseph.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Stephen Chase and Mr. Mc Guire.
- Break the Haughty: Spoiled Shannon, soon after arriving in Boston.
- Bumbling Dad: Mr. Christie.
- Cool Old Guy: Mr. Christie, again. He's a lot much nicer Joseph could expect.
- Crapsack World: What FarAndAway turns out to be.
- Daddy's Girl: Shannon is much closer to her father than her mother.
- Drowning Our Romantic Sorrows: Oh, Joseph. Love really sucks.
- Eating the Eye Candy: Shannon tends to do this a lot.
- Erotic Dream: Joseph during his job on the railway.
- Everyone Can See It: The entire whorehouse knows that Joseph and Shannon aren't actually "brother and sister."
- Fake Irish: An Australian playing an Irishwoman
- Fiery Redhead: Shannon fits this easily.
- Fighting Irish: Joseph shows up to Mr. Christie's house with a gun after he takes Joseph's land.
- Joseph also boxes in Boston to earn money.
- Joseph repeatedly says, "I have no wish ta fight ya" right before fighting someone.
- An Immigrant's Tale
- I Uh You Too: Happens in a conversation between Joseph and Shannon about their ideal futures.
Joseph: I pretend I love you.
Shannon: I pretend I love you too.
- Mistress and Servant Boy: Shannon urges Joseph to come with her and be her servant boy while she's running away to America (since she's secretly taken a liking to him, but also because she wants a way to protect herself); he, on the other hand, angrily rejects the idea.
- Not Quite Dead: Played for laughs with Joseph's father in the beginning of the movie.
- Prince Charming Wannabe: Stephen Chase is to Shannon always charming and polite. Too bad he's a dick to everyone else.
- The Promised Land: Where Shannon and Joseph originally set out for when leaving Ireland.
- Redundant Romance Attempt: As Joseph comes from a poor background and Shannon from a wealthy one, he tries to turn himself into somebody well-dressed and classy, wanting to impress her. This backfires, since she already liked him and how different he was from people in her social class.
Joseph: I tried to prove myself to you, but I know nothing of books or alphabets or sun or moon or... All I know is Joseph loves Shannon. That's all that really matters to me.
- Scenery Porn: Ireland and Oklahoma
- Slap-Slap-Kiss: Guess who.
- Slobs Versus Snobs
- Spirited Young Lady: Shannon
- Uptown Girl: Shannon
- The Wild West
- I Will Find You: The Christies go to America looking for their daughter.