I can't tell you how many times I've seen this movie. For pure romance, feel... everything, it's one of my few favorite romantic movies and I don't watch a lot of them. It's beautiful to look at - the scenery is incredible, the characters are deep and well-developed. Horse people are the greatest people my brother used to say. You can see it in this movie, a tough, gentle, passionate feel. Jessica and her strong guardian, the tough feminist reformer that reminds me of old America (though it's Australian here), clashing with her strong-willed father over love. Jim is the young ranch hand who grew up in a rough mountain environment, grieving over his father's death, trying to earn his way, and is now working on her father's farm. He's also willful and tough and has big dreams. Their personalities are alike and they seem bound to clash or love each other. The people here are tough like the land and it all comes together in a grand, sweeping romance. The music is incredibly beautiful - I was inspired to learn the Snowy River theme on the piano and used to love to play bits of it. I still get a great feel from the scene where they train the stallion together as pictured on the cover. Strong, good people who love and endure. Everything about this movie reminds me of home and all I loved about it. If you grew up on a farm or ranch, around animals and prairies, this will ease your homesickness, or celebrate your love if you still live there. The sequel is good also - rare for a sequel to movies like this, both worth watching. I hate Hollywood, but I sure have trouble giving up some of my old - or any - movies, they're so much a part of my life. I think I'll keep them, but work on dismantling their exploitation of people's lives and stories.