Cruise plays Irishman Joseph Donnelly in this turn of the century love story directed by Ron Howard, also starring his wife, Nicole Kidman, as his traveling companion Shannon Christie. The plot takes viewers from the events in Ireland that lead up to the couple’s fateful trip to America. The two get to know and love each other as they face crime, poverty, jealousy and bad luck on their way to stake their claim in the Oklahoma Land Run of 1893. Kidman:
Finally when I got to work with him I learned that he works from this level of fun. He’s always got people laughing.