The Man from Snowy River

1982

The Man from Snowy River

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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, Rovi

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Cast

Tom Burlinson
as Jim Craig
Kirk Douglas
as Harrison/Spur
Sigrid Thornton
as Jessica Harrison
Terence Donovan
as Henry Craig
Tommy Dysart
as Mountain Man
Bruce Kerr
as Man in Street
David Bradshaw
as A. B. `Banjo' Paterson
Howard Eymon
as Short Man
June Jago
as Mrs. Bailey
Johnny Nash
as Tall Man
Howard Eynon
as Short Man
John Nash
as Tall Man
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

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Audience Reviews for The Man from Snowy River

  • May 01, 2010
    This is a coming-of-age-story about a young rancher named Jim Craig who is left to find work at the Harrison Cattle Ranch after his father dies in a horsing incident. Whilst there, he falls in love with the boss's daughter Jessica. Kirk Douglas plays the dual role of two estranged brothers, one a hermit brother nurturing a dark family secret who lives up in the mountains among the wild horses, who has been searching for gold, the other a rich man who appears to have everything he needs. They share a "dark history" as they were both in love with the same woman. Filmed against a backdrop of a stunning and picturesque Australian wilderness, this movie is sure to appeal to horse lovers and fans of the Western genre.
    Deb S Super Reviewer
  • Apr 08, 2010
    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 Super Reviewer
  • Apr 07, 2008
    SUCH a good movie!!!!!!!!
    Mila L Super Reviewer
  • Mar 23, 2008
    Predictable at times. Didn't care for the ending. I hope the second movie ends better.
    Dannielle A Super Reviewer

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