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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, Rovi

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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

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (3)

The Man from Snowy River is worth a small "yippee!" It's a real honest-to-goodness western, the likes of which haven't been seen in these parts for a long spell.

October 22, 2018 | Full Review…

Why not make the story more realistic, deal with the characters as people, and stop trying to get cute?

October 23, 2004 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

The late, great Kirk Douglas fronts an enjoyably rustic take on a classic Aussie yarn.

April 20, 2020 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

The fundamental spectacle of the film can be found in its landscapes, color, images, and the camera's tricks. The story lacks courage, but it doesn't bore us. [Full Review in Spanish]

August 30, 2019 | Full Review…

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

December 12, 2008 | Full Review…

...classic entertainment for families.

December 15, 2002 | Rating: 4/5

Audience Reviews for The Man from Snowy River

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
Deb S

Super Reviewer


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♥
♥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
Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer

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