The Man From Snowy River

7.21 h 44 min1982X-RayPG
A young Australian cowboy falls for the boss's daughter, is accused of losing a prize stallion, and becomes embroiled in a bitter family dispute - can he overcome the odds and prove his worth? A classic modern western.
George Miller
Tom BurlinsonKirk DouglasSigrid Thornton
English [CC]
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Jack ThompsonLorraine BaylyTommy DysartBruce Kerr
Geoff BurrowesMichael EdgleySimon Wincer
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Minnesota JohnReviewed in the United States on August 10, 2018
1.0 out of 5 stars
Stunningly beautiful movie, terrible Blu-ray reproduction quality.
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I agree with other reviewers -- this is a beautiful movie well enacted. I already knew that from the 4:3 ratio DVD which I already own. I bought this disk to move up to widescreen 2.35 : 1 Blu-ray quality. However, greatly to my disgust, I've never seen such poor video reproduction as in this disk. It hurt me to watch just enough excerpts from here and there to be sure my eyes weren't going bad. I plan to through it in the trash but haven't done so yet in the hope that Amazon will ask to see it before they come down on whoever supplied this disk to them. I count on Amazon to supply quality but this is not it. In fact, it's a rip-off because one would expect higher quality in a Blu-ray than in a DVD, not this very low quality.
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Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United States on April 25, 2020
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THE BUTT SADDLE SCENE WILL BLOW YOUR MIND! When I saw the supple leather gently cup this mans cheeks, swaddled in the tightest pair of pants in all of Australia, I knew I was destined to forever love this movie.

The Dialogue WAS perfection so many modern movies can learn so much from historical beauts like this amazing film! Its like whoever wrote this movie was actually an AI forced to watch all old western movies and then output the script. It was so majestical, and the part when they used horses as a metaphor for literally everything was just breathtakingly original and artfully done. I definitely wasn't expecting such equine wisdom when I selected this movie with a horse on the front of it.

The multi-faceted characters were amazing, like the sexist guy, the mountain guy, the sleepy guy who killed someone, the girl who just is and the bully guy.

Lastly, I just want to ask why is everyone orange? I loved the color choice, the palette was reminiscent of our beloved leader, Donald Trump. Honestly, the characters in general though were so beautifully developed: I was literally moved to tears during Jim's tenth monologue when he mentions for the tenth time how the mountains are the only place he considers his home.
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MichaelReviewed in the United States on September 7, 2022
4.0 out of 5 stars
Great Family Movie
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I will always consider this to be Kirk Douglas' last great film, and what a film it is. Telling an engaging story of two young people maturing, a boy into a man and a woman into a lady, this is a movie I could revisit again and again. A magnificent music score accompanying the vast Australian plains, this film remains an unmitigated classic for viewers of all ages.
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DebReviewed in the United States on March 19, 2014
5.0 out of 5 stars
Epic, Lyrical, Powerful
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This movie is simply stunning. The cinematography is amazing, from beautiful shots of the mountains to some sweeping panoramic shots at the ranch. You truly get an idea of the scale of both the Snowy Mountains and Harrison's spread. On the other hand, it is wonderful at the close-up facial shots, too. The music is remarkable, stirring, and even incorporates a bit of "Waltzing Matilda" into the original score. As for the story line, this is classic poor boy-rich girl encounter, yet it has enough twists to keep it original and not formulaic. Jessica is not a spoiled rich girl and was already a tomboy long before Jim arrived on the ranch. The only very small nit I have is that I think they lean just a bit too heavily on setting up the shadowed backstory of Jessica's mother and the two brothers. It's relevant, but you get "something happened - but we don't talk about that" so many times through the movie from everybody from main characters to the hired help before you actually get the details that you are beginning to expect that it will never be told. I think a few less "buildup" conversation bites would have set it up just as well. But that is a minor nit with what is unquestionably my favorite movie. The scene where Jim is breaking in the colt as Jessica watches is gorgeous, done entirely as a musical montage, no conversation - nor any needed. That is a very close second favorite scene for me to the chase. And the chase. Suffice it to say, it merits all the praise it has received. An incredible, heart-pounding, gloriously equine extravaganza. Predictably, the hero wins both the day and the girl. But even the cynical by the end of that day's ride would probably have to admit that he has thoroughly earned it. I wish I could rate higher than 5 stars. My all-time favorite movie.
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SpringtimeReviewed in the United States on February 19, 2011
5.0 out of 5 stars
Poetry in motion
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This movie is poetry. Interestingly, it is based on a poem by A.J.(Banjo) Paterson, who is a character in the movie, though not the main one. The two main characters are Jim Craig (played by Tom Burlinson), an 18 year old who is on his own after the death of his father, and a young woman Jessica Harrison (played by Sigrid Thornton) who is about his age, and is trying to break barrier as a woman growing up in the 1880's. Kirk Douglas has a double role- Jessica's wealthy father (Harrison) and his poor brother (Spur) who lives in the mountains, and keeps searching for gold. While Jim works for Mr.Harrison, Jim and Jessica fall in love, but the main story is about 18 year old Jim proving himself to be a 'man' by doing the amazing - rescuing Harrison's colt from the brumbies (wild horses). The feared Stallion that leads the brumbies is a character in the movie, and is very effective. The master of the horses (Lovick) has done an astounding job throughout the movie.

The side story about the two brothers and their past makes the movie fuller and richer. Kirk Douglas, though not the lead character in this movie, is brilliant in his two roles. Thornton and Burlinson are outstanding in the roles of the young lovers who must overcome their class barrier. The horse riding is brilliant, particularly when young Jim goes down a very steep slope while everone else watches him. The music is a perfect fit to the movie. It is powerful during the horse chase, and melodious when Jim and Jessica are breaking in Harrison's colt.

Jack Thompson does justice in his small role as Clancy- the horse expert, as does Terence Donovan as Jim's father at the beginning of the movie. Lorraine Bayly is very effective as Jessica's loving aunt Rosemary who fights for womens emancipation in the 19th century.

The original score by Bruce Rowland is extraordinary. The music fits the scenes so well; it really adds to the impact of the movie. The cinematography captures the magnificence of the Australian Alps and makes this movie a visual treat. The editing is superb. One example is when Rosemary, Jessica's aunt is telling her about her father's past, there is lovely music in the background, and the scene is followed by a group of horses running. That is the kind of sequence that makes this movie so artistic and poetic. This movie has no weakness. Everything seems to be perfect.

This is one of my favorite movies. It has a sequel (Return to Snowy River) that is also very good. Both are a part of my movie collection.
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Heartland GReviewed in the United States on February 6, 2011
5.0 out of 5 stars
Snowy River Joy
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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.
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Zack DavissonReviewed in the United States on April 5, 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars
A classic Western with independent spirit
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This is something primal and Earthy about this film. The horses, the terrain and the people all seem crafted from the same dirt. Each character, man, woman or horse, display the same strength of will and personality. An independent Australian film, "The Man from Snowy River" has the unmistakable mark of personal vision and integrity.
The story and themes are typical of Westerns; a poor boy from the mountains courts a wealthy man's daughter, the same boy seeks to prove himself as a man by succeeding where his father failed, an older man mentors the boy and sets him on the right path. However, atypical of American Western films is the strength of the female characters, and the somber mood of the film.
The acting is top-notch. Kirk Douglas does a suprisingly good turn in a dual-role, playing the brothers Spur and Harrison. (when I first saw the film I didn't realize that they were the same actor.) Each actor fits his/her role perfectly.
Of special note is the score. I dare you not to get goose bumps during the finally, when the orchestra plays.
Not many extras on this DVD, but a film this good doesn't really need them. "The Man from Snowy River" remains one of my all-time favorite movies. Highly recommended.
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Mark HansonReviewed in the United States on February 13, 2011
5.0 out of 5 stars
On my top ten list
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This film is a gem! I'd rank it as one of the best films I've seen.

1. There is a quality of naturalness about the makes sense as depicting people who really could exist, the heroic, the good, the not-so-good, and the evil, and situations and events as real as well. This is a rare quality in a film.

2. The landscape is unfailingly beautiful.

3. The plot is a tremendously successful imaginative expansion of Banjo Paterson's poem of the same name. The part of the movie that depicts the poem fits perfectly with the rest of the movie. You wonder how it's all going to come together...and it does.

4. The music...ah! The piano piece associated with the heroine is a gem, and the rest very fitting and lovely.

5. It's a great love story.

6. There is a technical perfection about the film that I'm not qualified to analyze. Somehow, it *works*.
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