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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!

A conventional boy-and-his-horse story set against the red rocks of remote Australian mountains. (If there's a wide-screen edition, grab it. The scenery is one of the movie's strongest features.) Tom Burlinson is Jim Craig, a young man left stranded after his father's death who is struggling to save the family farm. He proves his manhood during a hair-raising hunt over the wooded slopes in search of an escaped stallion. The great, grizzled, Australian character actor Jack Thompson (the idealistic lawyer in Breaker Morant) is the tough, older horseman who takes the lad under his wing. The director, George Miller (not to be confused with the action-master who made the Mad Max films) allows costar Kirk Douglas to mug and grimace and prance far too much in a duel role as a pair of lovable old coots who hate each other's guts. Luckily, one of the coots has a handsome daughter (Sigrid Thornton, an Elizabeth McGovern-type with grit), who also has a way with horses. So it isn't all rocks and pine trees. --David Chute

Customer Reviews:

  • If you've seen the movie, have you read the poem???
    This movie was based on a poem of the same name by Andrew Barton "the Banjo" Paterson, in my humble opinion, Australia's greatest ever poet (sorry Henry). Even "the Banjo" himself makes it into the movie - see if you can work out who he is...

    And if you've seen the movie and read the poem, you should also buy the soundtrack ("Jessica's Theme" - aaaahhh.....). It was the first CD I ever bought almost 20 years ago now.. How many fellow aussies out there get goosebumps and tears in the eyes when the orchestra swells into Waltzing Matilda at the end???

    And if you are still searching for more, check out the movie "Phar Lap" which came out soon after and has Tom Burlinson as the main star (after Phar Lap of course)

    Cheers...more info

  • My Favorite Movie Of All Time!
    Quite simply, this is my favorite movie of all-time. It is the best written, directed, acted, and photographed movie of all-time. The relaxing tone and magnificent scenery of the first half-hour of the movie, slowly build as the film goes from being a drama into a full-on, all-out action adventure culminating in the most thrilling and intricate chase sequences in history of film. I'm not kidding! I'm waiting for 20th Century Fox to honor this movie with a special edition DVD. If you feel the same way, maybe you can tell 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, 2121 Avenue of The Stars, Floor 25, Los Angeles,CA 90067, (310)369-3900....more info
  • One of those classic movies that must be watched!
    "The Man from Snowy River" is a movie I'm sure you'll fall in love with just as I have. Actor Tom Burlinson plays Jim Craig, a mountain boy from the Victorian Alps of Australia. Ever since his mother died he had been living with his father, Henry Craig (Terence Donovan). But when Henry is killed, Jim must go down to the flat lands to find a job so that he can keep up his place. Since Jim's horse, Bess, had joined the wild Brunby horses lead by the 'black stallion', a good friend Spur (Kirk Douglas) gives him a mountain horse, Denny. When he reaches the flat lands, he is hired by rich and powerful Mr. Harrison (also played by Kirk Douglas) as a stable hand. Though because he is a mountain boy and everyone says away from him, some even openingly making fun of him like Curly (Chris Haywood), Jim makes friends with the lovely daughter of Jessica Harrison (Sigrid Thornton). They begin to fall in love but when a dark and long kept secret involving the Harrisons is brought up, will they still be able to be together? And will Jim be able to prove himself not as a lad, but as a man... a man from Snowy River?

    As a Hollywood Reporter quoted, "A movie for the eyes as well as the heart," I most certainly agree with him! The Australian mountains are beautiful and breath-taking. There is not one place that you would want to skip or fast forward. And besides that, you have action and adventure, romance, magnificent horses, and absolutely terrific acting. Though Tom Burlinson and Sigrid Thornton are perfect for the part of the two lovers, the person who really shone in his role was veteran actor Kirk Douglas. He was wonderful and it must have been fun for him to play two parts in the movie.

    There is also a sequel to this movie, "Return to Snowy River" in which Jim Cranston returns to Snowy River after a few years. But many things have changed, but does that mean that Jessica's love for him has changed? Another marvelous movie though I was somewhat disappointed that instead of Kirk Douglad playing Harrison, they had Brian Dennehy play the part. Yet still a movie that is also enjoyable!...more info

  • Captivating!
    All ages can enjoy this dramatic, yet captivating film about an incredible young man and his passion to live the life his father and he dreamed for him. Great story, beautiful people and beautiful scenery. And of course, horses! Any horse lover, or even passive horse enthusiast will enjoy this excellent film....more info
  • Great Movie
    Loved the movie good clean copy but lacking a good 5.1 soundtrack, its only drawback, good movie for the family, full of the beautiful aussie landscape with planty of action and very good acting....more info
  • The Man from Snowy River : way more than a horse opera
    The Man from Snowy River is one of the ten best movies ever made. Sure it has great cinematography, fantastic scenery and a GREAT cast but this motion picture is true literature. It's based on a poem by A.B.Patterson (perhaps Mr Patterson, a character in the movie). The story is about a young woman who's father plans to sell her to the highest bidder. The hero's initials are J.C. (look familiar) who comes DOWN to the low country (Earth) to free the young woman (the church) from Old Regret which is "The sins of the fathers being visited upon the generations". He chases down the horses which symbolize merciless FATE. He doesn't swing the heroine up into the saddle at the end but goes to prepare her mansion, promising to return. This is one of the best examples of biblical allegory ever. The Snow in Snowy River refers to something Isaiah promised. Another great thing about this movie is that Jim Craig is considered a hero not because he can kill but because he can WORK. DO NOT miss this movie....more info
  • great for whole familyl
    My 6 and 8 year old daughters sat spell bound watching this great horse movie. Although there was a sad scene in the very beginning, they accepted it and went on to enjoy all the great riding scenes and the chase at the end of the movie. Also, a very romantic movie and a good movie about a young man prooving he is a "man" to the rest of the men....more info
  • Excellent
    Although I haven't had a chance to watch the DVD yet, it arrived in perfect condition and in less than five days! This is a bonus especially since it was during the Christmas rush. I would buy from this seller again in a heartbeat!...more info
  • The Man from Snowy River
    If you like a classic Western filled with real life heart warming issues, instead of the typical "Shoot-em-up" O.K. coral movies, you'll enjoy this one....more info
  • Five Stars does NOT do this Film Justice.........Try 15 Stars
    Forget what they say about the Directors, forget about the Producers, The TRUEST importance of this movie is the Story, the Acting and the Scenery.

    Set in the 1800's this Cinematic Marvel Shows a way of life forgotten for several generations, Yet it shows a Love Story with a very Few Rivals. It is NOT just a Love between a man and woman, it is a Love for the Land, it is a Love for Nature, it is a Man's desire to be respected for his Own actions, Not for those of his pro-genetors.

    This has some of the Best Horsemanship you are likely to find on ANY Silver Screen. The Gracefulness and the Comraderie between "Man and Beast", the Respect for Man and Beast is NOT to be seen by any of the Liberal productions out of Hollywood.

    The Sheer Emotion this will evoke is Man and Woman alike for the Life Lived in a bygone era will knock your socks off, and will Demand that you re-watch this over and over, finding new nuances at each viewing.

    The Aussies Prove that they Really DO Know how to make Good Movies with this one!!!!!...more info
  • EXCELLENT movie!!!!
    Except for a few unwholesome words, this is a great film. The scenery and horse are WONDERFUL! Most of the acting is outstanding, especially Tom Burleson. Also, get the second movie...Return from Snowy River...it's wonderful too....more info
  • A classic Western with independent spirit
    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....more info

  • The Man from Snowy River
    Great sags about a Austrial cowboy wants to prove his is as good as his dad and get the girl, Jessica...more info
  • Snowy River
    One of the best family movies ever made. I purchased this for a friend because they had never heard of it. I bought it years ago. I never get tired of watching it. If you have horses or just love horses this is a must see movie....more info
  • One of those classic movies that must be watched!
    "The Man from Snowy River" is a movie I'm sure you'll fall in love with just as I have. Actor Tom Burlinson plays Jim Craig, a mountain boy from the Victorian Alps of Australia. Ever since his mother died he had been living with his father, Henry Craig (Terence Donovan). But when Henry is killed, Jim must go down to the flat lands to find a job so that he can keep up his place. Since Jim's horse, Bess, had joined the wild Brunby horses lead by the 'black stallion', a good friend Spur (Kirk Douglas) gives him a mountain horse, Denny. When he reaches the flat lands, he is hired by rich and powerful Mr. Harrison (also played by Kirk Douglas) as a stable hand. Though because he is a mountain boy and everyone says away from him, some even openingly making fun of him like Curly (Chris Haywood), Jim makes friends with the lovely daughter of Jessica Harrison (Sigrid Thornton). They begin to fall in love but when a dark and long kept secret involving the Harrisons is brought up, will they still be able to be together? And will Jim be able to prove himself not as a lad, but as a man... a man from Snowy River?

    As a Hollywood Reporter quoted, "A movie for the eyes as well as the heart," I most certainly agree with him! The Australian mountains are beautiful and breath-taking. There is not one place that you would want to skip or fast forward. And besides that, you have action and adventure, romance, magnificent horses, and absolutely terrific acting. Though Tom Burlinson and Sigrid Thornton are perfect for the part of the two lovers, the person who really shone in his role was veteran actor Kirk Douglas. He was wonderful and it must have been fun for him to play two parts in the movie.

    There is also a sequel to this movie, "Return to Snowy River" in which Jim Craig returns to Snowy River after a few years. But many things have changed, but does that mean that Jessica's love for him has changed? Another marvelous movie though I was somewhat disappointed that instead of Kirk Douglad playing Harrison, they had Brian Dennehy play the part. Yet still a movie that is also enjoyable!...more info

  • A family favorite
    One of our family "feel good" favorites! Superb photography, beautiful music and great acting!...more info
  • excellent movie
    For the people who loves riding horses in the nature, work with cattle or horses, they should watch this movie. Excellent action scenes.
    ...more info
  • The Man from Snowy River
    For lovers of horses and the outdoors, it's hard to beat this title. Yes, old Kirk hams it up shamelessly as Spur, but hey, it's still Kirk Douglas! Other performances are uniformly excellent, particularly Burlinson, Thornton, and Jack Thompson (the defense lawyer in "Breaker Morant") playing the leathery Clancy, a revered expert horseman who quietly mentors Jim. Grand, old-fashioned story-telling....more info
  • Anne's favorite movie
    This was a gift to my wife. This is her very favorite movie as much for the scenery as for the story. Highly recommended. ...more info
  • Can't go wrong with this movie. It is "Aussie" some !
    I loved this movie the first time I saw it at the theatre low these many years ago. It has just the right amount of action and romantic interest, and pulls you into the story so you must watch it, then leaves you wanting for more at the end. I loved the "Mountain Pony" who can keep up with the Brumbies, and the "Homeless" cow on the dinner menu. This one you can watch and enjoy. ...more info
  • I want this on DVD!
    I actually wore out my first VHS copy of this movie. I love it. It has a fabulous soundtrack (which I listen to regularly on CD - I even chose a portion of it to be played at my wedding as my bridal march 10 years ago), and spectacular scenary! It deserves the justice that DVD can do to its soundtrack and cinematography! I would buy it on DVD in a heartbeat!...more info
  • Man From snowy River
    Very enjoyable movie. Liked it a lot and glad that I now purchased a dvd of The Man From Snowy River....more info
  • Australian Stockwhip action!!
    Wonderful film! Beautifully shot and very lyrical in it's pacing. One of my favorites....more info
  • The Man from Snowy River
    I have been very happy with this purchase. The delivery was prompt, the price satisfactory and the condition of the movie was good. I have owned the 'Return to Snowy River' movie for some time and have much enjoyed it for light escape to another place and time. Now I have the full series and enjoy it....more info
  • Absolutely Amazing
    I grew up watching this film with my parents. I can say that this film is just as amazing now when I watch it as an adult. The film has such amazing scenery: from scenes in the mountains with the clouds low around them, to the beautiful shots of the river, the scenery helps make the film so fun and wonderful to watch.

    The acting in this film is very good. Kirk Douglas does an amazing job as the father of Jessica, who just wants her to live a proper life. She, on the other hand, wants something more from life, and eventually, falls in love with Jim, the stable hand who lives in the famed Snowy River Country of Australia. The themes of love beyond class, and a young man comming into himself, this is one of those classic films that you just want to see over and over again. I would recomment this movie to anyone who loves an amazing story, with breath taking scenery along with it....more info

  • Wonderful!
    This story is multi-faceted, beautiful in story and scenery, perfectly-acted and a superb story for all. I watch it over and over and never get tired of seeing its splendor....more info
  • Do you like horses, romance and action?
    Before "Quigley Down Under" and before "Australia" there was "The Man from Snowy River" this is the best story about a Buckaroo....more info
  • One of the ten best Westerns ever made.
    The great cinematography, music and terse screenplay are not all that is involved. First, to have a great western, you need the horses. They often get the best scenes in this beautiful film, and rightfully so. This is a film about horses, and growing up. This is a film that comes hard on the heels of classics such as "Shane". The bad guys here don't get plugged in the forehead with a Colt 45, they simply fail. The good guys win in the end because they have done the right thing. If you ever believed in those ideas, then you will love this film....more info
  • Wild Horses
    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. Her anger towards Jim over a horse riding accident is like a summer storm that quickly disappears once she experiences the excitement of forbidden love.

    Her father, Mr. Harrison, has not yet learned that there is a beautiful place inside each person where we are either nurtured or destroyed. He seems emotionally destructive and Jessica rebels because he won't let her follow any of her dreams. He seeks to trap her in his own wishes and thinks she should settle down into a domestic lifestyle.

    Jim and Jessica are soul mates with hearts as wild as the horses running free through the snow. While at first they fight their mutual attraction, Jessica seems clearer in her thinking after she almost dies and realizes there are just some things in life worth fighting for.

    Equestrian Heaven with an impressive conclusion! You must see this movie once in your life if you love horses. The wide-screen edition is highly recommended!

    ~The Rebecca Review...more info
  • A Good Family Movie
    This film combines a pretty good story, great scenery, very good horse action, and some romance.

    Admittedly, it is probably geared a bit more toward women, but it is not just a 'chick flick'. Men and children can enjoy this one also.

    The plot features Tom Burlinson as a young man, Jim Craig, who loses his father to an accident. He is left with a beautiful spot in the Australian mountains, but without the necessary wherwithal to manage it. He needs to establish himself in his own right.

    In order to do that, he takes a job with a cattle baron played by Kirk Douglas who also plays another role in this movie. There is a romance brewing between Craig and the boss's daughter and several other dynamics that make for a good story.

    It is an enjoyable show....more info
  • The Man From Snowy River
    This is one of the best movies I have ever seen with my three children. It is a must-see for all families with children ages 6+....more info
  • The same as I remember from 11 years ago....
    I enjoyed the movie just as much as I saw it the first time. The only thing was that there were some offensive words that changed my view of it this time. Good movie!!considering what is out there now a days....more info
  • Ahhh.
    I watched this movie recently after having a very stressful day of teaching children. THE MAN FROM SNOWY RIVER was quite relaxing and soothing.

    To be completely honest, this movie is a "chick flick". The main themes in the movie are the romance and the horses. The action sequences aren't that great and the plot is relatively simple.

    However, with that said, this is a well done chick flick. The acting is superb and I can just imagine how much fun Kirk Douglas must have had playing the dual roles his plays in the film. The setting is breathtaking spectacular and the score is moving. The directing is well paced and some of the scenes are unforgettable.

    However, as stated before, the plot is thin and there really aren't any action sequences (even the chase at the end isn't that impressive) and therefore the movie only gets 4 stars instead of 5....more info

  • Great Movie
    This is a great feel good movie. It takes place "down under" and has some breath taking scenery. It has horses, the "bad guy", the "good guy", and it is just a lot of fun to watch....more info
  • Fantastic DVD transfer of a spectacular Aussie classic
    I knew this 1982 movie from the cinema and VHS, and was hoping the picture and sound on DVD wouldn't disappoint in 2002. I needn't have worried!

    The DVD (which contains both widescreen and full screen versions) features a magnificent visual transfer, and a thunderous, sumptuous orchestral soundtrack. The cinematography, especially the helicopter shots of horseback chases and Australia's vast, pristine, alpine scenery, is spectacular. The recreation of pioneering life is very believable, and the dramatic story is very engaging, with comical moments and nothing offensive (why can't they do that these days?). And did I mention that the horses are gorgeous?

    It would have been nice to see a feature about the epic poem of the same name by Andrew Barton "Banjo" Patterson, but that is easily found on the Internet.

    Enjoy it soon with your children, your grandparents, your spouse ... even your drinking buddies! Great entertainment, great DVD!...more info

  • Got a Child Who's a Horse Lover?
    My son (now 5) has always loved horses, so when he saw this movie for the first time he was absolutely entranced. He'd received a stick horse for his birthday when he turned 3, and soon after when he watched the movie he'd ride right along with Jim (he's got all the choreography down pat). He's pounded away miles and miles right in front of the TV, so much that we joke that we'll have to replace that part of the carpet before the rest of the floor. The best thing is that I don't have to worry about what he's seeing. No swearing, violence, or anything else you'd normally have to worry about. Definitely one I'm happy for him to have as a favorite movie. Besides, he definitely gets a lot of exercise!...more info
  • Australian Romance
    This is an excellentwestern romance with all the thrills of fast horses anda
    great cliff hanger at the end....more info