Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB. USA, 1992. Imagine Films Entertainment, Universal Pictures. Story by Bob Dolman, Ron Howard, Screenplay by Bob Dolman. Cinematography by Mikael Salomon. Produced by Brian Grazer, Ron Howard. Music by John Williams. Production Design by Allan Cameron, Jack T. Collis. Costume Design by Joanna Johnston. Film Editing by Daniel P. Hanley, Mike Hill.
Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman made three movies together during their marriage, all of them proof that they shouldn’t make movies together. Cruise stars as a plucky young Irish lad who goes to the estate of a wealthy landowner to protest the enormous rents that are crippling his ailing father. In a twist of fate, he ends up running away with the rich man’s daughter (Kidman) and travelling to the harsh conditions of 19th century New York. Great acting from the both performers (even Tom’s Limerick accent is admirable enough), but Ron Howard’s direction is pedestrian and the film’s running time overstays its welcome by about half. Thankfully, roles have gotten so much better for Kidman ever since.