Man from Snowy River

The Man from Snowy River

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Director: George Miller, Kirk Douglas, Jack Thompson, Tom Burlinson

Cast: George Miller, Kirk Douglas, Jack Thompson, Tom Burlinson

     
 

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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

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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.

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Barnes & Noble - Bruce Kluger
At first blush, the notion of converting an epic Australian poem into an old-style western, setting it Down Under, and convincing a legendary American actor to take the lead role -- make that two lead roles -- would seem dubious, at best. Yet somehow 1982's The Man From Snowy River, starring Kirk Douglas, managed to transcend its unconventional ingredients to become one of the more beloved family films of its time. The story concerns a willful Aussie mountain man (Tom Burlinson) who takes a job working for a cattle baron and falls in love with the boss's daughter (Sigrid Thornton). Along the way, he becomes entangled in a sour feud over land, as well as a desperate mission to rescue a runaway stallion. Douglas plays both the powerful cattleman and his estranged twin brother -- a crusty prospector named Spur -- with the resonating perfection that has become the hallmark of his career. Chock full of pulse-quickening action scenes and eye-popping scenery, especially the rich mountain vistas of the Australian frontier, the movie found its largest audience on video, and even went on to inspire a sequel (Return to Snowy River, 1988). Alas, like most movie follow-ups, the sequel only makes us long for the original.
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The Man From Snowy River may be a landmark achievement in Australian cinema -- accomplished by the standards of a fledgling film industry -- but when compared to a long history of similar American Westerns, it fares only so-so. Its more enduring place may be in the hearts of horse lovers, specifically young girls, many of whom campaigned ever more urgently for a pony as a result of watching the movie. In this way, its influence is better equated to the The Black Stallion than The Good, the Bad and the Ugly. There's a harlequin quality to the forbidden romance on the frontier storyline, which also includes scandalous family secrets and other bits of soap opera fodder. Still, it's executed with enough skill and enough mildness to rest comfortably within the realm of the sentimental family classic. Especially impressive are the horse-riding feats, even the loving way the horses are filmed, which help categorize it among horse films without that being its explicit focus. In his debut film, cinematographer Keith Wagstaff encapsulates the beauty of the Australian countryside with a real sense for its expansiveness. Kirk Douglas is an effective choice to raise the film's stateside interest level, even if the lesser half of his dual role, the salty old prospector, has the hokey feel of a theme park character.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/06/2012
UPC:
0024543760368
Original Release:
1982
Rating:
PG
Source:
20th Century Fox
Region Code:
A
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound]
Time:
1:45:00
Sales rank:
947

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Kirk Douglas Harrison,Spur
Jack Thompson Clancy
Tom Burlinson Jim Craig
Sigrid Thornton Jessica
Lorraine Bayly Rosemary
Chris Hayward Actor
Tony Bonner Kane
Gus Mercurio Frew
Terence Donovan Henry Craig
Howard Eymon Short Man
Johnny Nash Tall Man
Tommy Dysart Mountain Man
Bruce Kerr Man in Street
David Bradshaw A.B. "Banjo" Paterson
June Jago Mrs. Bailey
Kristopher Steele Moss
Charlie Lovick Master of Horse
Gerald Egan Crack Rider
Peter Wallis Crack Rider
Geoff Burrowes Crack Rider
Paul Purcell Crack Rider
Heath Harris Additional Rider
Jim James Additional Rider
Kevin Stewart Additional Rider

Technical Credits
George Miller Director
Leslie Binns Production Designer
Geoff Burrowes Producer
Adrian Carr Editor
Fred Cullen Screenwriter
John Dixon Screenwriter
Michael Edgley Executive Producer
Michael Lake Production Manager
Bruce Rowland Score Composer
Keith Wagstaff Cinematographer
Simon Wincer Executive Producer

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The Man from Snowy River 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 26 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
We adore both of the movies man from snowy river and return to snowy river, But we know there is a third one out there somewhere,Where they are stripping the land, for minerals on his land,,is this a forgotton video? i cannot find this anywhere?
Guest More than 1 year ago
Though a fine film it does not do justice to Banjo's great poem I respectfully say to you all, READ THE POEM . It does not give the man a name ,there is no feud. What the poem is showing is that there is a man out there that we would all like to be; its simple uncomplicated beauty is it's strenght and alas the film depicts nothing of the this
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iWrite16 More than 1 year ago
Without a doubt, the Man from Snowy River and its sequel, Return from Snowy River, are two of the best movies ever made! A perfect film for any age. Outstanding and inspirational. Beautifully written and made!
JJR More than 1 year ago
I bought this for my Mom for Mother's Day and it is one of her favorite movies and she seems to love it. What a classic.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a stunning acheivement from George Miller. A classic tale of love and honor set in Australia. Great cinematography and action sequences that will take your breath away. Also check out the sequel. Both are a must have for your collection although the sequel isn't out on DVD yet.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A film based on Australia's colonial past has now become a very much a part of America's film industry today. Banjo is indeed a profound poet and has captivated us with one too many poems of his and The Man from Snowy River, although a romantic film has the Australian touch to it at the end when the hero comes riding down the hill.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I believe that The Man From Snowy River is the best movie I have ever seen. I fell in love with the moment I saw it and have not stopped watching it. The music is great and so are the characters and horses. I have seen both films and have them on video and they are both great movies.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Just found "The Man from Snowy River" and "Return to Snowy River". The best movies I have ever seen. Awesome acting. Charming Sigrid Thornton. Acting,casting, story, and photography perfect in my opinion. I am amazd! T
Guest More than 1 year ago
i think this is the best movie and have been waiting 3 years for the dvd to come out i am 11 and doing my year 6 project on banjo patterson and the man from snowy river
Guest More than 1 year ago
I used to watch this movie when I was little and loved it! About a year ago, I found it again and I fell in love with it again. NOt only is the movie amazing, so is the music. Jim Craig is an awesome character (also a very cute actor back then) and Jessica Harrison is such a strong caracter (I am also partial to her name as it is mine too). I haven't seen the second one yet but if it is anything like the first one, it should be awesome!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Bloody sensational flick about a legend - even in future generations the young country folk will still be inspired.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Not only does Man From Snowy River provide excellent acting, esp. Kirk Douglas, the riding scenes are genuine and breathtaking. The scenery and music blend exquisitely as well. A great film to watch for years to come.
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