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The Man from Snowy River (1982)




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Inspired by an epic poem by A.B. "Banjo" Patterson, The Man From Snowy River was a major step forward for the regenerated Australian film industry of the early '80s. This "down-under Western" spotlights Tom Burlinson as Jim Craig, a headstrong young man who goes to work for a powerful cattle baron. Burlinson falls in love with Jessica (Sigrid Thornton), his boss' daughter, and becomes enmeshed in a bitter land feud. Kirk Douglas has a high old time in the dual role of hard-hearted landowner Harrison and grizzled, one-legged old prospector Spur. Previously filmed in 1920, The Man From Snowy River was directed by the other George Miller, not the director of the same name who helmed Mad Max (1979). A monumental moneymaker, the film inspired a 1988 sequel, confusingly titled Return to Snowy River, Part II. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovimore
Rating: PG
Genre: Western, Drama, Kids & Family, Romance, Art House & International
In Theaters:
On DVD: May 28, 2002
20th Century Fox Film Corporat


Kirk Douglas
as Harrison, Spur
Tom Burlinson
as Jim Craig
Terence Donovan
as Henry Craig
Howard Eymon
as Short Man
Johnny Nash
as Tall Man
Tommy Dysart
as Mountain Man
Bruce Kerr
as Man in Street
David Bradshaw
as A.B. "Banjo" Paterso...
June Jago
as Mrs. Bailey
Charlie Lovick
as Master of Horse
Gerald Egan
as Crack Rider
Peter Wallis
as Crack Rider
Geoff Burrowes
as Crack Rider
Paul Purcell
as Crack Rider
Heath Harris
as Additional Rider
Jim James
as Additional Rider
Kevin Stewart
as Additional Rider
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Critic Reviews for The Man from Snowy River

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (4)

Full Review… | October 23, 2004
Chicago Sun-Times
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Full Review… | March 26, 2009
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Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | August 30, 2004
New York Times
Top Critic

The combination of its elements touches the Australian heart, elevating the ethos of a big, wonderful land and its hard headed, big hearted people on the screen

Full Review… | December 12, 2008
Urban Cinefile

...classic entertainment for families.

December 15, 2002
Tooele Transcript-Bulletin (Utah)

Audience Reviews for The Man from Snowy River


This movie is set in the 1880's in the Australian frontier, the acting and story line are good with brillant scenery and musical score.

♥Robyn M♥

Super Reviewer

Outstanding Aussie 'family' western with Tom Burlinson as the young man who falls in love with his boss's daughter. Kirk Douglas has great fun playing twin roles: a wealthy rancher and his one-legged prospector brother.
The lavish scenery and broad scope, and the clever cinematography that captures these help to make it visually stunning. The riders hurtle down near-vertical mountain drops, getting maximum fuel efficiency from their horses, risking life and limb, and creating good tension at times. The characters are interesting, and are competently played by an excellent cast; Burlinson is terrific as the eager but inexperienced Jim Craig, Sigrid Thornton made a living through the 80s by playing pretty country thangs, while it's difficult to imagine anyone except Jack Thompson playing the important role of Clancy.

Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer

Predictable at times. Didn't care for the ending. I hope the second movie ends better.

Dannielle Albert

Super Reviewer

The Man from Snowy River Quotes

Jessica: It changes so suddenly. One moment it's paradise, the next it's trying to kill you.
Harrison: Yep, that's how it can be up here. If it was easy to get to know it, it would be not challenging. You've got to treat the mountains like a high-spirited horse; never take it for granted.
Jessica: It's the same with people, too.
– Submitted by David E (4 years ago)
Jim Craig: A man can be hard to find in the mountains. You're welcome at my fire anytime.
– Submitted by David E (4 years ago)

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