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''Far and Away'' is a 1992 drama film, directed by Creator/RonHoward and starring then-married couple Creator/TomCruise, Creator/NicoleKidman and Creator/ColmMeaney.

Set in the 1890s, 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 HilarityEnsues 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.

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!!Tropes seen in the film:

* AdventurousIrishViolins: Used throughout the musical score by Creator/JohnWilliams to emphasize the optimistic spirit of the Irish Battler.
* TheAlcoholic: Daniel Christie often drinks alcoholic beverages at the local pub.
* UsefulNotes/TheAmericanDream: Many of the characters head to America hoping to take advantage of the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Land_Run_of_1893 land grants]] being given out in what would become Oklahoma.
* AndImTheQueenOfSheba: Happens while Joseph and Shannon are pretending to be siblings.
--> '''Molly:''' ''*[[BelligerentSexualTension after watching an argument between them]]*'' [[YouNeedToGetLaid Why don't you shag her and get it over with?]]
--> '''Joseph:''' [[NoJustNoReaction She's... my sister!]]
--> '''Molly:''' And I'm your mother.
* BelligerentSexualTension: TheMovie. Shannon and Joseph spend more time fighting than they do trying to get to Oklahoma.
* BitchInSheepsClothing: Stephen Chase and Mr. [=McGuire=] are not as nice as they seem to be.
%%* BreakTheHaughty: Shannon, soon after arriving in Boston.
* BumblingDad: Mr. Christie.
* ChekhovsGag: Soon after arriving in Boston, Joseph teaches Shannon how to do laundry. Just before the film's climax, we see Shannon teaching her mother the same skill.
* CoolOldGuy: Mr. Christie, again. He's much nicer than Joseph could expect.
* CrapsackWorld: What [[ThePromisedLand Far and Away]] turns out to be. And what Ireland seemed to be before they left.
* DaddysGirl: Shannon is much closer to her father than her mother.
* DoomedHometown: At the beginning of the film, Joseph's home is burned down by Chase due to unpaid rent.
%%* DrowningOurRomanticSorrows: Oh, Joseph. Love really sucks.
%%* EatingTheEyeCandy: Shannon tends to do this a lot.
%%* EroticDream: Joseph during his job on the railway.
* EveryoneCanSeeIt: The entire whorehouse knows that Joseph and Shannon aren't actually "brother and sister."
* FieryRedhead: Shannon fits this easily. Joseph warns their co-workers at the factory that she has a bite that stings, shortly before she demonstrates by lighting up a foreman who docked her a day's pay (exchanging another two days' pay [[WorthIt just to do it.]])
* FightingIrish: 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.
* GagPenis: Shannon can't help peeking under the container covering Joseph, when he's lying naked. She looks impressed.
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: Joseph attempts to assassinate Daniel for burning down his home with a rifle, but it backfires on him and he's knocked down.
* IWillFindYou: The Christies go to America to look for their daughter.
* AnImmigrantsTale: In addition to Joseph and Shannon, Shannon's family also travels to America after their home in Ireland is burned to the ground.
* IUhYouToo: 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.
* MistressAndServantBoy: 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.
** Later, when he's faced with no other alternative (other than getting shot and dying), he does end up becoming her servant for the time being. Although he doesn't miss any opportunities to snark at her while doing so.
---> '''Shannon:''' May I ask what you are doing, sitting at my table?
---> '''Joseph:''' I'm eating your chocolate cake.
%%* NotQuiteDead: Played for laughs with Joseph's father in the beginning of the movie.
* PrinceCharmingWannabe: Stephen Chase is to Shannon always charming and polite. Too bad he's a dick to everyone else.
* ThePromisedLand: Where Shannon and Joseph originally set out for when leaving Ireland.
* RedundantRomanceAttempt: 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.
* ReliablyUnreliableGuns: When trying to shoot Mr. Christie (see [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whiteboys Whiteboyism]]), Joseph's gun blows up in his face, and even ''breaks in half''.
--> '''Joseph:''' Captain...Moonlight.
%%* SceneryPorn: UsefulNotes/{{Ireland}} and Oklahoma
%%* SlapSlapKiss: Guess who.
%%* SlobsVersusSnobs
* SnowMeansLove: Joseph and Shannon have an odd but touching scene where they confess their love. Meanwhile, it snows outside the home they're taking shelter in.
--> '''Shannon:''' Pretend... you love me.
--> '''Joseph:''' I pretend I love you.
--> '''Shannon:''' I pretend I love you, too.
%% * SpiritedYoungLady: Shannon, who rebels from her family by taking Joseph and lighting off to America.
%%* UptownGirl: [[spoiler: Shannon]]
* TheWildWest: Where the film ends up. Much of the plot is the [[AnImmigrantsTale characters getting there. ]]
* WhatTheHellIsThatAccent: Cruise and Kidman's accents are notorious among Irish viewers as among the worst ever attempted by Hollywood.
* WhereDoYouThinkYouAre: During the land rush, Joseph slugs Stephen when the latter pulls a gun on him.
-->'''Joseph''': You're not in Ireland anymore, [[ThisIsForEmphasisBitch you arrogant bastard!]]
* YouKilledMyFather: Stephen kills Joseph's father at the beginning of the film and it serves as the latter's motivation to exact his revenge.