Destination: Ireland, Oklahoma
Movie: Far & Away, Directed by Ron Howard
Stars Nicole Kidman and Tom Cruise look so young in this 1992 film. The story takes a snooty rich girl and a poor peasant lad from Ireland, where they are escaping what was known as the land wars of Ireland* to Boston** and finally to the great land race in Oklahoma. Along the way, they change roles as her fortunes fall and he gains some money and fame as a boxer.
Far and Away is not a bad introduction to a very important part of Irish history, when the Irish farmers rebelled against the British landlords and fought for their independence. The scenery at the beginning of the film makes the viewer yearn for Ireland. Although the parts of Oklahoma shown for the most part do not make one want to move there, it is a bit of American history that is interesting to see.
A middling film, that you might want to take a look at just for the picture (both scenery and story) of Ireland.
*I said “the troubles” in my post, but a comment below by Kerry Dexter corrected me on that terminology.
**Interesting Note: “Boston” (which I erroneously referred to as New York City originally) was actually filmed in Dublin. See my comment below for the source of film locations. The Film Locations site also reveals that “Oklahoma” was actually Montana.
Photograph by Vera Marie Badertscher. All rights reserved.