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Plot: In 1880s Australia when young Jim Craig's father dies Jim takes a job at the Harrison cattle ranch and he is forced to become a man. Runtime: 102 mins Release Date: 05 Nov 1982
Shawshank is superb. Roman Holiday is perfect. Raiders is a blast. But The Man from Snowy River has been, is, and always will be my favorite movie. Some movies just match your personality more than others, trumping any technical deficiencies they may have. No, Snowy River doesn't have the best acting, the best screenplay, the best direction. But in all of them it's great, and the combination of the story, the cast, the scenery, and music Bruce Rowland deserved an Oscar for his score is much greater than the sum of its parts. For me, it's everything a movie ought to be: <more>
uplifting, heartwarming, optimistic, romantic, adventurous. It swept me away when I was 13 and its magic hasn't dimmed at 34. What a wonderful movie.
Superb example of quality Australian film (by lady_writer)
The Man From Snowy River 1982 demonstrates the quality of the Australian film industry in recent years. The cinematography, the score, the quality of acting - all combine to make this film a romantic classic, a Gone With the Wind parallel. Having grown up with this film, twelve years later, it is the still the most beautiful, most awesomely inspiring epic I have ever seen. Clearly one of the best stories of love, life and horses ever filmed in one of the most astounding paradises on Earth.
15 years later, the movie is still fresh (by mihee)
It is hard to believe that so many years has past since I first saw "A Man from Snowy River." I was young and borrowed it on Betamax yes Betamax from a friend. Although I wish that I could of seen a full screen version of it, I will have to settle with the still fantastic small screen version.The story is fairly simple. After his father dies, a boy tries to prove he a man worthy enough to live on his beloved Snowy Mountain. In order achieve this prize, he finds work on lower ground on a big ranch. A sweet romance is set between Jim, the boy, and the Rancher's daughter, <more>
Jessica, who is a feisty and strong female. There are wild horses, a sympathetic-but-bad-guy rancher, and beautiful scenery all which are an integral part of the story. I don't want to give too much of the movie away .I recently saw this movie this time on VHS with my niece and nephew. I could not believe how much I enjoyed it again. The thrilling horse riding scenes kept me at the edge of my seat. It is an ultimate family film one that has no foul language, gratuitous sex or violence. Nothing is dumbed down, the viewers being treated with the respect we deserve. GO RENT IT NOW!
one of the best movies about cowboys just being cowboys (by techcrw421)
The Man from Snowy River is by far one of the best movies about cowboys I have seen. It shows cattle ranchers doing what they do best, riding their horses! But as it is with most of our favorite movies, we can find flaws in them. Kirk Douglas should not have played two characters, and the girl playing Jessica could not act to save her soul. But poor acting aside this movie has possibly the greatest horse chase sequences ever! The riders do things with their horses I never thought possible especially when Jim jumps over a cliff while on his horse. The movies musical score makes every sequence <more>
truly beautiful and accents the background of the Austrailan highlands perfectly. The music during the chase scene makes the sequence all the more inspirational. I would recommend this movie to any fan of westerns, young or old, American or Australian, this movie is for you!
This movie is absolutely one of the best movies ever made. It is an excellent story, beautiful music, and lots of horses. The cinematography is excellent. The scenes of the horse chase, in my opinion, hasn't been equaled. The actors, for the most part are good,but no academy performances with the exception of Kirk Douglas, who does an excellent job playing a dual role.However, the story is good, and there is no foul language, nudity, or smuttiness. If you just want to sit down with a bowl of popcorn and spend a good evening watching a good movie, you won't go wrong here. I can watch <more>
Entertaining and deeply moving (by howard.schumann)
George Miller's The Man From Snowy River is an old-fashioned Western that features strong acting, stunning mountain vistas, a wonderful score by Bruce Rowland, and an involving coming-of-age-story with characters you can believe in and root for. Being a lover of horses and films about horses, this one had me at Whoa! The film is based on an 1890 poem by "Banjo" Paterson about the pursuit of a prizewinning racehorse that has escaped from its paddock and is living with the "brumbies" wild horses of the mountain ranges, although the issues it raises about feminism, <more>
ecology, and animal liberation seem more contemporary than historical.Young Jim Craig Tom Burlinson lives with his father near the Snowy River, a real river that flows along the eastern border between New South Wales and Victoria. After his father is killed trying to corral a herd of wild horses, Jim takes a job in the low country with a rancher named Harrison Kirk Douglas to prove himself worthy of living in Snowy River and earn the money to return to the mountains. When Harrison's men go off on a job to round up some cattle, Jim begins to develop a relationship with Harrison's daughter Jessica Sigrid Thornton , a down-to-earth young woman who is more interested in horses and ranching than in becoming a "proper" lady.Miller shows the mountains as the most desirable place to be. Jim struggles to be worthy of them and Jessica wants to enter that world with him. Their relationship is innocent yet engenders Harrison's strong opposition because Jim is just a "mountain boy" and he lashes out at his daughter for not wanting to go to a French boarding school. At this point Harrison's twin brother Spur also played by Kirk Douglas reappears, a man who has been living in the mountains hunting gold for years, and nurturing a dark family secret. When Harrison's prime colt is let loose by some disgruntled workers and Jim is blamed, his honesty and courage plus his growing love for Jessica are put to the supreme test in a heart-pounding chase of wild stallions through mountainous terrain.The Man From Snowy River was the first Australian film to occupy the number one position in box office revenues in the Australian market and has not lost any popularity or commercial value since, having spawned a brand name of Western gear and numerous yearly bush festivals celebrating the heritage of the high country. Like the romanticizing of the cowboy of the American West, the film has an appeal to those seeking freedom, closeness to nature, and love of adventure, the life many city people dream about but cannot have. The mythologies that make the bush, horses, and western gear alluring to a large cross section of the population have been fully brought to life and given renewed support in a spectacle that is both entertaining and deeply moving.
Disregard the goofs, inconsistencies and any other flaws that are mentioned in the reviews. This movie is beautifully photographed; in many cases, I don't know how. Great horse riding....again, I don't know how and the music raises goose bumps. This movie is any frustrated "cowboy's" dream. It is unbelievable that anyone can stay on a horse in a controlled ride during the scenes. I would love to read more technical details about the filming of this movie......especially how Kirk Douglas was able to fold his leg at the knee and put it all in one pant leg. The camera set <more>
ups and shots had to be pure genius to think they actually worked. It is very easy as I said before to overlook, even if you recognize them, any flaws.
This movie is both perfect and imperfect. Perfect because it has amazing horse riding scenes, beautiful cinematography and music, wonderful acting from Jack Thompson who captures the quintessential Clancy of the Overflow of Australian legend, and a great performance from Tom Burlinson, and showcases the skills of the 'real deal' cattlemen of the high country who acted as extras in the horse chase scenes, and finally because it can bring a tear to the eye the way Banjo Paterson's poem has for 120 years. This film was clearly a work of love and that is wonderfully conveyed.However <more>
it's also imperfect because Kirk Douglas simply doesn't work in this context, and his two roles seem at times ridiculous. The storyline also meanders around at times, mostly in relation to one of Douglas's two characters, and it just seems a pity that an otherwise wonderful film has these flaws.This is a movie to stir the heart, and well worth watching, and the horse chase scenes in the movie are now as much a part of Australia's culture as the original poem.
It's 1880's in Australia. Jim Craig's father is killed and so he goes to work for Mr. Harrison. His one-legged brother Spur is his brother's enemy and Jim's friend. Jim starts to have feelings for Harrison's daughter Jessica. He also wishes to find his horse who ran off with wild horses. The Man from Snowy River 1982 is a film by George Miller. It's an Australian western with a twist of romance. Kirk Douglas is fantastic as both of the brothers. Today happens to be the 100th birthday of this legendary actor. He has had a remarkable career that spanned for many <more>
decades.Other actors may be overshadowed by Mr. Douglas' performance, but none of them does a bad job. Tom Burlington does a very nice job as Jim. And so does Sigrid Thornton as his love interest Jessica. Watch this movie if you like horses, and Kirk Douglas.