Movie Peeks at Irish Scenery


Ireland road and stone cottage

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.

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A freelance writer who loves to travel. When she is not traveling she is reading about travel. When she is not reading or traveling, she is sharing with the readers of A Traveler's Library, or recreating her family's past at Ancestors In Aprons . She has written for Reel Life With Jane, Life is a Trip and other websites. Also co-author of a biography, Quincy Tahoma, The Life and Legacy of a Navajo Artist. Contact Vera Marie by e-mail.

5 thoughts on “Movie Peeks at Irish Scenery

  1. I’ve not seen this either, though it sounds interesting. do you know what parts of Ireland they filmed?

    an aside — this would seem to have taken place around the time of what’s known as the land wars in Ireland, 1879 on. the term the troubles is most usually meant to refer to the political and ethnic conflicts beginning around 1960 and lasting until [maybe] the Belfast agreement. so if the movie used that term to talk about the 1880’s that’s a bit confusing.
    .-= Kerry Dexter´s last blog ..Bluebird Cafe: a story and a request =-.

    1. Kerry: You are absolutely right about the term “the troubles” of course, and that was my carelessness. I have corrected it in the text.
      The movie was about the land wars. And thanks for asking about location. This lovely site gives movie locations, and reveals that the Irish scenes, as I suspected, were on the Dingle peninsula, so my photo above is accurate. It also says that surprisingly, “Boston” was actually a street in Dublin.

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