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The Man from Snowy River (1982)

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In 1880s Australia, after young Jim Craig's father dies, Jim takes a job at the Harrison cattle ranch, where he is forced to become a man.

Director:

George Miller

Writers:

A.B. 'Banjo' Paterson (poem), Cul Cullen (script) (as Fred Cul Cullen) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 2 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Burlinson ... Jim Craig
Terence Donovan Terence Donovan ... Henry Craig
Kirk Douglas ... Harrison / Spur
Tommy Dysart ... Mountain Man
Bruce Kerr ... Man in Street
David Bradshaw David Bradshaw ... Banjo Paterson
Sigrid Thornton ... Jessica Harrison
Jack Thompson ... Clancy
Tony Bonner ... Kane
June Jago June Jago ... Mrs. Bailey
Chris Haywood ... Curly
Kristopher Steele Kristopher Steele ... Moss
Gus Mercurio ... Frew
Howard Eynon Howard Eynon ... Short Man
Lorraine Bayly Lorraine Bayly ... Rosemary Hume
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Storyline

Jim Craig has lived his first 18 years in the mountains of Australia on his father's farm. The death of his father forces him to go to the low lands to earn enough money to get the farm back on its feet. Kirk Douglas plays two roles as twin brothers who haven't spoken for years, one of whom was Jim's father's best friend and the other of whom is the father of the girl he wants to marry. A 20 year old feud re-erupts, catching Jim and Jessica in the middle of it as Jim is accused of letting a prize stallion loose. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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The story of a boy suddenly alone in the world. The men who challenge him. And the girl who helps him become a man.


Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 November 1982 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Man from Snowy River See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$694,126, 7 November 1982, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$20,659,423
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

One of three theatrical feature film collaborations of actress Sigrid Thornton and director Simon Wincer. The cinema movies are [in order]: 'Snapshot' (1979), 'The Man from Snowy River' (1982), and 'The Lighthorsemen' (1987). Wincer was director on the first and third film and an executive producer on the second title. Moreover, Wincer directed Thornton in two episodes of the Australian television drama series 'Prisoner' (1979-1986) [Episode #1.91 and Episode #1.92]. See more »

Goofs

(at around 1h 35 mins) After the brumbies run through the snowfield, there are two men on horseback in the background. See more »

Quotes

Jim Craig: United in death, the minister said.
Spur: Superstition.
Jim Craig: It's a nice thought, Spur.
Spur: It's a great comfort to widows and fools. There's more to life than death, Jim.
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A herd of wild horses stampede over the hills after the end credits. See more »

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NBC edited 8 minutes from this film for its 1987 network television premiere. See more »

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one of the best movies about cowboys just being cowboys
9 January 2005 | by techcrw421See all my reviews

The Man from Snowy River is by far one of the best movies about cowboys I have seen. It shows cattle ranchers doing what they do best, riding their horses! But as it is with most of our favorite movies, we can find flaws in them. Kirk Douglas should not have played two characters, and the girl playing Jessica could not act to save her soul. But poor acting aside this movie has possibly the greatest horse chase sequences ever! The riders do things with their horses I never thought possible especially when Jim jumps over a cliff while on his horse. The movies musical score makes every sequence truly beautiful and accents the background of the Austrailan highlands perfectly. The music during the chase scene makes the sequence all the more inspirational. I would recommend this movie to any fan of westerns, young or old, American or Australian, this movie is for you!


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