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The Man From Snowy River
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An impetuous young man sets out to tame a herd of wild horses in 19th century australia. Filmed on location in the beautiful australian frontier. Studio: Tcfhe Release Date: 03/06/2007 Starring: Kirk Douglas Tom Burlinson Run time: 105 minutes Rating: Pg

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:

  • 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

  • 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
  • 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
  • Still th Best!
    Truely an amazing movie! The acting is perfect. The Australian landscape is breathtaking and awesome. The Man From Snowy River is still one of the best westerns made....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

  • A Family Favorite
    I just love this movie! So when my VHS copy got ruined, I replaced it with a DVD. The movie is clean...great for all ages. I look forward to watching it with my grandkids someday....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
  • 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
  • Great story
    Man From Snowy River is a good romance with lots of action and shot in a beautiful location. Good all around story....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
  • What makes a man a man
    When Jim Craig is left fatherless, he has to make some changes in his life. First, he's got to find a job to support his mountain land. When that job is with a stubborn lowlander, he's got to stick up for his principles, including taking heat for things that aren't his fault. This is not just a gorgeous film about Australia, it's also about growing up and growing stronger. Definitely a keeper and one to watch over and over again. ...more info
  • The Man from Snowy River
    This is one of my all time favorite movies. It tells a great story without the need for explicit sex, cursing, or graphic violence. It is fit for viewing by all ages. The acting is beleivable and the depiction of a teen becoming a man is well done. The riding scenes are excellent....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 Man From Snowy River
    This has romance, horse chases, and Australia. What more do you need for an entertaining movie. It's also a good, family movie. I have watched it many times as well as the sequel, Return to Snowy River....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
  • The most underrated film of the last 25 years
    Beautifully made, brilliantly acted -- I could go on and on. The setting is as picturesque as a rugged heaven; the score is one of the greatest I have ever heard. Flawless......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
  • Excellent movie
    This is one of my all-time favorite movies. The story line is interesting, the romance is exciting, the acting is flawless, the horseriding action is phenomenal, the scenery is breathtaking, and the music is superb. I can't say enough about this movie; it's one of those rare films that leaves you wanting more as the ending credits roll.

    I had the VHS for years, then bought the DVD. I had planned to get rid of the VHS, but decided to keep it after watching the DVD because the picture seemed darker, making some scenes a little more difficult to view. But I will keep both for my collection because I love this film so much, and I also bought and highly recommend the soundtrack....more info
  • Great Movie
    This is a classic movie. It is the kind you will want to watch many times as the years go by....more info
  • A Classic Set in the Australian Outback
    This 1982 classic features Tom Burlinson as an orphaned horse trainer named Jim who goes to work with a wealthy rancher named Harrison. Tom's father's best friend Spur is Harrison's twin brother and encourages him to prove himself. Complicating things is the growing connection with Harrison's daughter Jessica who constantly has her spirit broken by her father. When a prize horse goes missing it gives Jim a chance to earn respect and to win over Jessica....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
  • He's not a lad, brother! HE'S A MAN!
    This movie KNOCKED ME OUT!

    One of my favorite films of all time! I first saw it when I was stationed at Clark Air Base in the Philippines. This is the very first movie I ever rented. It was a boot-leg copy, of course. But I was glued to the set. Jim and Jessica! Old man Harrison! Spur! Clancy! Lorraine Baily's character! Even the snot who let the stallion loose ... they were all magnificent! And that horse chasing scene had me on the edge! This will always be one of my faves!...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

  • Woah!
    This movie was GREAT!!!! It is definitly a keeper! I really dont see what is so great about Jim riding down that hill? I mean I really LOVE this movie, but I could do that on my horse! No offence to other people, but...... well other that that it is a GREAT movie! I love Jim's horse Andy! He is SO kool! on my TV it looks like jim has GREEN HAIR!

    I think that Tom and Singrid play good roals. I DEFINITLY reccomend this movie and it's sequil(Return to Snowy River). :)....more info
  • One of the best!
    Tom Burlinson does most all his own stunts. An excellent story. They really don't make good stories like this anymore. Highly recommended....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.
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  • 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
  • Just a great movie
    This is one of my wife's favorite movies. There are a couple instances of mild language, a little drunkenness and a little violence. Some of the music is a bit anachronistic. But, those things are easy to overlook because the movie is so enjoyable....more info
  • Erratic Sound Problem
    This is a wonderful movie which is why I replaced my VCR tape copied from TV by buying it as a DVD. Unfortunately, the sound is a major problem. Every time the scenes changed from dialogue to music or action such as thundering horses, calamitous weather,etc. the volume rose to a shreiking crescendo. It required constant volume adjustment to be able to watch the film comfortably. I don't recall this being such a glaring problem on the VCR copy. Perhaps sound is now mixed for the younger people who suffer hearing loss from the music (I use that term loosely) of their times, but if so, I don't see how they can make out the dialogue. This problem is not limited to just this DVD of course, but it spoiled an otherwise beautiful film. ...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

  • Man from Snowy River Review
    This is an excellent movie for the whole family, with good action and nothing offensive in it. The photography is fantastic,and provides magnificent views of the Australian wild country....more info
  • A Winner
    I love horses, always have. And I love this video. It's one of very few that I would choose to own, rather than rent....more info
  • A Classic
    An all time great movie. Absolutely breathtaking horse back riding scenes. A predictable story line, beautified by the location. It is one of the movies that gets better with numerous viewings....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 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
  • PLUS - PLUS - PLUS- AND THEN SOME
    Hey, missileman, right on!
    This movie will intrigue horse-lovers the world over. Definitely a keeper --- guess I will keep the video and DVD copies.

    Would like to know more about the horse[s] used, especially Craig's gelding. It seems to have a bit of lag when Curly tries to pull off the bridle and when Craig puts it back on again.

    But who can pick apart a thoroughly enjoyable movie that is such a treat to watch.

    I would love a copy of the article [Western Horseman?] of how the cliff-jump was orcastrated - what a fabulous stretch of photography - and her cliff-hanger? Wow!

    Just intensely great!

    HIGHLY RECOMMENDED ++++++++++++...more info
  • 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

  • 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
  • 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 DVD
    This was a well told story of a mountain boy's journey to manhood. The plot of the story is not be out-done by the breath-taking views of the Australian mountain regions. The first movie was very well done that I hear a sequel has already been completed. If you want to watch a movie that will take you away from your everyday problems, this one is definitely the one to watch....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
  • 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