Walking down a crowded street on a rainy night in Dublin, we heard the distinct sounds of people watching an outdoor movie.

I can’t specifically say what the noises were – it’s strange how despite the thousands of films in existence, and the myriad of soundtracks and dialogues and moods expressed therein, they all start to sound alike when played through outdoor speakers.

It doesn’t matter if you are watching The Princess Bride or The Exorcist (for my sake, I hope it is the former.) 90% of them have scratchy ambient sound, a bit of heavy-handed dialogue, and a soundtrack by John Williams.

I dragged Rand towards the noises, and sure enough, we found a small square where groups of huddling Dubliners sat, watching a movie in the damp of the night.

It took me a while to recognize what was being projected onto the wall adjacent from them. And when I did, I flashed back to my pre-teen years, of slumber parties and popcorn eating and YM quizzes that never gave me definitive answers (“DAMN IT, DOES HE LIKE ME OR NOT?”).

SHIRTLESS TOM CRUISE BEFORE THE CRAZY. (And also shirtless some other dude.)

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“OH. MY. GOD.” I hissed. “It’s FAR AND AWAY.”

Rand stared at me blankly. I grabbed the front of his shirt.

FAR AND AWAY,” I said again, shaking him slightly.

“I don’t know what that is,” Rand replied.

And I promptly slapped my forehead against his chest, remembering that my husband grew up without much access to TV or movies. Basically in a cave.

“Seriously?” I asked, horrified, but not altogether surprised. “This movie is AMAZING. It’s two hours of Tom Cruise doing a terrible Irish accent and chasing Nicole Kidman around old-timey Boston.”

“I … really? That sounds terrible.”

“NO. It’s amazing. It was made when her hair was still red, and before he went crazy on Oprah’s couch. Last time I saw it I was 13, and it was incredible. I can only assume it stands the test of time. WE ARE MOVING TO DUBLIN IMMEDIATELY.”

“Wait, why? You said the movie took place in Boston.”

“Yes, BUT THEY DON’T PLAY FAR AND AWAY ON OUTDOOR SCREENS IN BOSTON. THEY ONLY DO THAT IN DUBLIN.”

“Why don’t they play it in Boston?”

This gave me pause.

“I don’t know,” I said. “… because it’s a terrible movie?”

(At this point, my dear husband gave up. And I watched a little bit more of the movie before I realized that I was freezing and needed dessert. The end.)

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Comments (5)

  1. 18. Dec, 2012 / Casey:

    Lol! All I remember from that movie is him punching a horse in the face, and the accent and… re-thinking my existence.

  2. 18. Dec, 2012 / Delia:

    Only in Ireland (or the UK too for that matter) would you find a crowd of people watching an outdoor film in the rain… but Far and Away?! That really is impressive!

  3. 18. Dec, 2012 / Andrea:

    I think one of the reasons it’s a good movie is because it’s an artifact of the time before the crazy got crazy. Her face was still mostly human rather than the current sci-fi plastic. It is wierd though, because Tom Cruise does not seem to have aged much at all. Must be all that scientology voodoo.

  4. 18. Dec, 2012 / Just One Boomer (Suzanne):

    What Delia said. You have to admire the pluck of a people whose country is best known for leprechauns and coldish drizzly weather to decide that it would be a good idea for the community to come together to watch not terribly good movies outside.

  5. 19. Dec, 2012 / Miriam, Dublin Ireland:

    The whole ‘Boston’ part if the movie was actually filmed in Dublin around the streets where you saw the outdoor screening and also at the back of the Guinness brewery. I remember being fascinated watching a part of the city being transformed into a film set. Never actually saw the film, I believe it’s dire!

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