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The Man From Snowy River (1982)

Kirk Douglas , Tom Burlinson , George Miller  |  PG |  DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (402 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Kirk Douglas, Tom Burlinson, Terence Donovan, Tommy Dysart, Bruce Kerr
  • Directors: George Miller
  • Writers: A.B. 'Banjo' Paterson, Cul Cullen, John Dixon
  • Producers: Geoff Burrowes, Michael Edgley, Simon Wincer
  • Format: Widescreen, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: May 28, 2002
  • Run Time: 102 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (402 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000062XG0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,133 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Man From Snowy River" on IMDb

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With its unforgettably heroic story, its stunning cinematography, and acting performances that are uniformly excellent, THE MAN FROM SNOWY RIVER is one thrilling adventure you won't want to miss. Set during the 1880's, when the Australian frontier was as wild and dangerous as the American West, the film follows the exploits of a handsome youth (Tom Burlinson) who sets out to tame a wild herd of horses. Taking on a challenge many men had attempted before him, he rides deep into the treacherous and untamed wilderness of his native timberlands where boys become men fast - or die trying. Featuring Kirk Douglas in a remakable dual role and highlighted by a climactic chase involving 40 horsemen and 90 wild stallioins thundering across snow-covered peaks, THE MAN FROM SNOWY RIVER is destined to become a legendary film!

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56 of 60 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
I remember seeing this with my girlfriends in the theatre, and then buying my first vcr so I could watch this film everyday. The cinematography is gorgeous. The music is haunting and beautiful. Tom Burlinson and Sigrid Thornton make a great romantic team, and Jack Thompson is wonderful as Clancy. All of the actors fit their roles except for Kirk Douglas. It really shows that a "big name star" had to be used to get this picture made. Kirk Douglas insisted on re-writing many of his lines, and refused to step off his horse with the entire cast at the end of the movie in homage to The Man From Snowy River. The entire end scene had to be re-written. Little wonder that Brian Dennehey was cast in the role in the sequel. Enjoy both the original and the sequel. And be sure to get the soundtracks. Bruce Rowland created two of the best movie scores you will ever hear.
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54 of 58 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wild Horses January 1, 2002
Format:VHS Tape
The rural grazing life in the Snowy Mountains has hardly changed since Banjo Paterson traveled the high country and wrote his famous "Man from Snowy River" poem. His poetry is an authentic voice of a frontier society in which song and campfire recitation were much appreciated entertainment.

"And the Snowy River riders on the mountains make their home,
Where the river runs those giant hills between;
I have seen full many horsemen since I first commenced to roam,
But nowhere yet such horsemen have I seen."

Andrew Barton Paterson was born in New South Wales and was the son of a Scottish immigrant. Paterson was a poet, journalist, lawyer, jockey, soldier, farmer and one of the best-loved figures of Australian literature. His poem is the basis for this gorgeous movie about the treacherous terrain and bands of wild, stampeding horses. He also wrote Waltzing Matilda, which is lovingly woven into the soundtrack.

The Man from Snowy River Movie tells a more in depth story of a cattle baron Mr. Harrison (Jessica's father) who has had a long quarrel with his brother Spur. Kirk Douglas plays both roles. When one brother finds his fortune, the second goes searching for gold. This is a story based on a time when families tended their sheep and cattle. Ghost towns from the gold rush still haunt the landscape.

Set against the untamed Australian Outback, a love story unfolds between Jessica Harrison ( Sigrid Thornton) and Jim Craig (Tom Burlinson). Jim seems to have a way with horses and Jessica is a bit of a brash filly herself.

She has her own ideas regarding a woman's choices in life and choosing the path she will take in her own career. She defies her father and runs off to find Jim.
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic. May 26, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
The Man From Snowy River is an all-time favorite movie of mine. Horses! Gorgeous Australian scenery! Men with accents!
But eye candy aside, it's an excellent movie in its own right, with no weak points except, very rarely, instances of mediocre cinematography. Tom Burlinson carries the character of Jim Craig perfectly, Sigrid Thornton is marvelous as Jessica Harrisson, and for years I had absolutely no idea that Harrisson and Spur were both played by Kirk Douglas.
Beautiful scenery, beautiful acting, but both are merely dressing on an equally beautifully story that flows seamlessly from beginning to end.I would praise it more highly if I could, but the highest praise I can think to give the movie is that, while I am watching it, I do not question for a moment that it is real--soundtrack notwithstanding, because the soundtrack is so perfectly suited to the movie, heroic brass and romantic piano and strings.
You don't have to be a horse fanatic to love this movie, even though it is the second-best horse movie of all time, surpassed only by its sequel, Return to Snowy River.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What's Not To Like...?? March 23, 2004
Format:DVD
"NEVER CRY WOLF"..."FLIGHT OF THE PHOENIX"..."THE ENLGLISH PATIENT"...
...all, cinematic and character delights - as you will find "THE MAN FROM SNOWY RIVER"...
Technically a "10", this Aussie (and World) classic, may leave you none-the-less breathless. George Miller's direction, Cull Cullen's script (enhanced by John Dixon and David Bradshaw's, "A.B. 'Banjo' Paterson", whose original poem is the essense of the film), Keith Wagstaff's absolutely stunning cinematography and Bruce Rowland's original and heart-tugging music (particularly, the piano solo, "Jessica's Theme") may bring tears to your eyes with this simple, Down-Under western plot -- but it took a world-class editor like Adrian Carr to put this gorgeous film into the top ranks of movie-watchers the globe over. Carr's timing of Wagstaff's photography and Rowland's music is the stuff legends are made of...just, dare I say it, "Professional Grade"(!)
It didn't hurt to have a made-to-order cast. Burlinson is quietly, and wonderfully, cast as the young male hero, "Jim Craig." Kirk Douglas hasn't played a better role - and, as a double. Terence Donovan played the quietly strong, short-lived role as Burlinson's father, "Henry." Sigrid Thornton was exemplary and believable as Tom's love interest, "Jessica" (the woman is beautiful) and the venerable Jack Thompson was magnificent as "Clancy" - the range-wise, "horse-magician" glue that holds the whole film together.
The subtle British humour Americans are so used to is sometimes raucous in the film - more the better from Chris Haywood's
"Curly" (..."Ah'm studyin' to be Supavisa!").
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the greatest all time horse movies. Scenes are beautiful as...
I love this movie. Everything about this movis is done right. It is one that I can watch over and over again through the years.
Published 6 days ago by Jessica Roberson
5.0 out of 5 stars Banjo Patterson at his finesse.
How many times have you heard of a poem being made into full blown movie? When "Banjo" Patterson write about the people in the outback Australia trying to make a living in... Read more
Published 23 days ago by Faye
3.0 out of 5 stars Good
I watched this at the request of my boyfriend (it's one of his favorites). It's good, I did like it, parts of it were super cheesy, but overall I have a positive impression of the... Read more
Published 26 days ago by Aggie
5.0 out of 5 stars classic
classic movie the mountain range that makes you want to move down under i long to visit the snowy river riding a horse
Published 29 days ago by La Tonia Beard
5.0 out of 5 stars Epic, Lyrical, Powerful
This movie is simply stunning. The cinematography is amazing, from beautiful shots of the mountains to some sweeping panoramic shots at the ranch. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Deb
5.0 out of 5 stars One for the ages
Great film, great acting. One for the ages. Great family movie, or just for a quiet night in. Perfect for horse lovers, and people who love the country.
Published 1 month ago by Tiana Withers
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing!!
I choose this rating because I love this movie. The man from snowy river is a great old show. There is nothing like a good old movie!
Published 1 month ago by Kasmira Cox
5.0 out of 5 stars Happy Customer
Great to finally have this movie so I can enjoy it with my family. Like the price and quality. thanks
Published 1 month ago by Pegge Marjamaa
5.0 out of 5 stars I love the two Snowy River series. I had this first one and can't...
The scenery and actors are wonderful in this movie. I have the second one also and I can watch these two movies over and over.
Published 1 month ago by Cindy Lavallee
5.0 out of 5 stars great
such great actors and a great movie a must add to your collection and to watch many times ! !
Published 1 month ago by jacob mowrer
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