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Far & Away [VHS]
Filmed in the widescreen splendor of "Panavision Super 70" and blessed with the finest production values that Hollywood clout can buy, this tale of spunky Irish immigrants forgot one crucial ingredient: a decent screenplay. The film is entertaining enough, and director Ron Howard brings his technical proficiency to the simple plot, culminating in a dynamic, breathtaking depiction of the Oklahoma land rush of 1893. But the movie is really just a vacuous vehicle for married stars Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman as (respectively) the poor tenant farmer and rich landlord's daughter who flee Ireland to be American pioneers. The scenery and the stars are never less than stunning, but Howard falls short of the mark in his attempt to match the epic sweep of films by David Lean. On the other hand, this movie is certainly never boring even if it rarely makes sense, and Lean's own Irish epic, Ryan's Daughter, is a snoozer by comparison. --Jeff Shannon
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As a descendent of Irish Americans, this is a truly wonderful epic story of the early American Dream to live in freedom with the right woman on your very own land. However, every dream has both a price and hardships which must be confronted and overcome in order to attain it, and this film portrays these both dramatically and passionately.
Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman both give a stunning performance. The same can be said of the wonderful supporting cast which includes Colm Meany, Barbara Babcock, and Thomas Gibson.
"Far and Away" is a great movie to watch on or around Saint Patrick's Day!
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