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The Man from Snowy River (1982)

PG  |   |  Adventure, Drama, Family  |  5 November 1982 (USA)
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In 1880s Australia when young Jim Craig's father dies Jim takes a job at the Harrison cattle ranch and he is forced to become a man.



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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 <>

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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.


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5 November 1982 (USA)  »

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Herencia de un valiente  »

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$3,500,000 (estimated)

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Burt Lancaster and Robert Mitchum were also considered for the dual role played by Kirk Douglas. See more »


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


Jessica Harrison: If I'd wanted your help, mate, I would've asked for it.
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one of the best movies about cowboys just being cowboys
9 January 2005 | by (United States) – See 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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