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Release Date:
5 November 1982 (USA) See more »
Tagline:
The story of a boy suddenly alone in the world. The men who challenge him. And the girl who helps him become a man.
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for Golden Globe. Another 2 wins & 2 nominations See more »
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A Celebration of Australia's History See more (52 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Tom Burlinson ... Jim Craig
Terence Donovan ... Henry Craig

Kirk Douglas ... Harrison / Spur
Tommy Dysart ... Mountain Man
Bruce Kerr ... Man in Street
David Bradshaw ... Banjo Paterson

Sigrid Thornton ... Jessica Harrison

Jack Thompson ... Clancy

Tony Bonner ... Kane
June Jago ... Mrs. Bailey

Chris Haywood ... Curly
Kristopher Steele ... Moss
Gus Mercurio ... Frew
Howard Eynon ... Short Man
Lorraine Bayly ... Rosemary Hume
John Nash ... Tall Man
Jack Lovick ... Mountain Horseman
Charlie Lovick ... Mountain Horseman
John Lovick ... Mountain Horseman
Frank Hearn ... Mountain Horseman
Jack Purcell ... Mountain Horseman
Gerald Egan ... Crack Rider
Ken Connley ... Crack Rider
Mick Hulse ... Crack Rider
Max Scanlon ... Crack Rider
Peter McElroy ... Crack Rider
Dick Forrest ... Crack Rider
Chester Wallis ... Crack Rider
Brian Wallis ... Crack Rider
Peter Wallis ... Crack Rider
Bernie Wallis ... Crack Rider
Terry Walsh ... Crack Rider
Geoff Burrowes ... Crack Rider
Graeme Stoney ... Crack Rider
Lloyd Parkes ... Crack Rider
Bill Stacey ... Crack Rider (as Bill Stacy)
Brendan Purcell ... Crack Rider
Greg Purcell ... Crack Rider
Paul Purcell ... Crack Rider
Rob Purcell ... Crack Rider
Ron Purcell ... Crack Rider
Noel Egan ... Crack Rider
Basil Egan ... Crack Rider
Ricky Spottiswood ... Crack Rider
Bruce McCormack ... Crack Rider
John Coombes ... Crack Rider
Adrian Daniels ... Crack Rider
Gerard Comerford ... Crack Rider
Bill Willoughby ... Crack Rider
Rocky Black ... Additional Rider

Heath Harris ... Additional Rider
Jim James ... Additional Rider
Joe Jury ... Additional Rider
Peter Maher ... Additional Rider
Stan McKay ... Additional Rider
Tom Purcell ... Additional Rider
Kevin Stewart ... Additional Rider
Louis Trifunovic ... Additional Rider
Bob Vienna ... Additional Rider
Jim Walsh ... Additional Rider
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Robert Lowe ... (uncredited)
Greg Marian ... Cattleman (uncredited)
Ian Zimmerman ... Stable Boy (uncredited)

Directed by
George Miller 
 
Writing credits
A.B. 'Banjo' Paterson (poem "The Man From Snowy River")

Cul Cullen (script) (as Fred Cul Cullen)

John Dixon (screenplay)

Produced by
Geoff Burrowes .... producer
Michael Edgley .... executive producer
Simon Wincer .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Bruce Rowland 
 
Cinematography by
Keith Wagstaff (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Adrian Carr 
 
Art Direction by
Leslie Binns 
 
Costume Design by
Robin Hall 
 
Makeup Department
Rochelle Ford .... hair stylist
Vivien Mepham .... makeup artist (as Vivian Mephan)
 
Production Management
Geoff Hunt .... unit manager
Michael Lake .... production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
John Dixon .... second unit director
Jan Elliott .... third assistant director
Murray Newey .... first assistant director
Stewart Wright .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
Ian Doig .... construction manager
Peter Kendall .... props buyer
David Lancashire .... graphics
David O'Gradey .... scenic artist (as Dave O'Grady)
John Powditch .... stand-by props
 
Sound Department
Adrian Carr .... assistant sound editor
David W. Gray .... stereo sound consultant: Dolby (as David Gray)
David J. Kimball .... sound mixer
Robert J. Litt .... sound mixer
Terry Rodman .... sound editor
Terry Rodman .... supervising sound editor
Ken Sallows .... assistant sound editor
Roger Savage .... sound recording engineer
Elliot Tyson .... sound mixer
Elliot Tyson .... sound re-recording mixer
Mark J. Wasiutak .... boom operator (as Mark Wasiutak)
Gary Wilkins .... sound recordist
 
Special Effects by
Rick Clise .... special effects
Conrad Rothmann .... special effects supervisor
 
Visual Effects by
Roger Cowland .... opticals
Richard Wilmot .... optical effects operator (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Ken Connley .... stunt double: horse stunts
Gerald Egan .... stunt double: horse stunts
Bill Stacey .... stunt double: horse stunts
Louis Trifunovic .... stunt double: horse stunts
Bill Willoughby .... stunt double: horse stunts
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Ian Benallack .... grip
Brian J. Breheny .... assistant camera (as Brian Breheny)
David Burstall .... camera operator
Joe Connor .... clapper loader
Clive Duncan .... focus puller
David Eggby .... camera operator
John Haddy .... camera operator: second unit
Paul Hellard .... first assistant camera
Ian Jones .... clapper loader
Peter Maloney .... best boy
Arthur Manousakis .... grip
Rob Murray .... focus puller
David Parker .... still photographer
Malcolm Richards .... camera operator
Geoff Richardson .... key grip
Bruce Towers .... grip
Keith Wagstaff .... camera operator
Colin Williams .... electrician
David Wynn-Jones .... focus puller (as David Wynn Jones)
Rob Young .... gaffer
 
Casting Department
Robert Helpmann .... international casting liaison (as Sir Robert Helpmann)
Mitch Mathews .... casting consultant
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Jenny Arnott .... wardrobe mistress
Frankie Hogan .... wardrobe assistant (as Franki Hogan)
 
Editorial Department
Arthur Cambridge .... grader
Margaret Cardin .... negative cutter
Peter McBain .... dailies projectionist
Ken Sallows .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Bruce Rowland .... conductor
Ray West .... music assistant
Ray West .... music copyist
 
Other crew
John Baird .... wrangler
Rocky Black .... wrangler
Denzell Cameron .... horse trainer
Joe Connor .... clapper loader
Jim Cranfield .... financial controller
Loretta Crawford .... international production liaison
Gerald Egan .... wrangler
Trish Foley .... production coordinator
Bill Gooley .... laboratory liaison
Andrew Guild .... marketing associate
Heath Harris .... wrangler
Paul Heven .... groom
Suzie Howie .... unit publicity: Australia
Ian Jones .... clapper loader
Helen Liston .... assistant to producer
Charlie Lovick .... master of horse
Glenda Lovick .... second unit coordinator
Jack Lovick .... horse consultant
Jack Lovick .... location consultant
John Lovick .... wrangler
Kerri Lovick .... second unit coordinator
Tony Mansaur .... personal assistant: Kirk Douglas
Anne McElroy .... groom
Angela Meechan .... groom
Laurie Norris .... wrangler
David Petersen .... marketing associate
Ricky Spottiswood .... wrangler
Jan Stott .... production secretary
Jan Tyrrell .... continuity (as Jan Tyrell)
Bill Willoughby .... wrangler
Helen Wright .... caterer
 
Thanks
R.J. Hamer .... gratefully acknowledge assistance (as The Hon. R.J. Hamer E.D.)
 

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102 min
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Color (Eastmancolor)
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Trivia:
Tom Burlinson performed all his own horse riding stunts in the filmSee more »
Goofs:
Crew or equipment visible: (at around 1h 35 mins) After the brumbies run through the snowfield, there are two men on horseback in the background.See more »
Quotes:
Spur:[Hears stones falling behind him] How'd you find this place?
Clancy:I tracked ya.
[laughs]
Clancy:You silly old galah, you leave a trail like a one-legged seed drill.
Spur:Damn you Clancy, always sneekin' around, makin' no noise.
Clancy:I heard noise, I heard voices.
Spur:Aha, sure sign of old age when you start hearin' things.
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Referenced in "Postcards: Episode #9.29" (2007)See more »

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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
A Celebration of Australia's History, 31 January 2013
Author: James Hitchcock from Tunbridge Wells, England

We often think of the Western as being a characteristically American film genre, although there have been occasional attempts to adapt its conventions to stories set in other parts of the world. "North-West Frontier", for example, is a British film set in British-ruled India, but the plot is essentially that of "Stagecoach". "Untamed" transfers the standard waggon-train plot from the American prairies to the South African veldt, and "The Sundowners", about Australian pioneer life, has similarities to many films set in the Old West. These two latter films, despite their ostensible setting, had an American leading man, Tyrone Power in "Untamed" and Robert Mitchum in "The Sundowners".

"The Man from Snowy River" is another Australian film with a plot which could be that of a Western. (One could call it a "Southern"). It also features a major American star, in this case Kirk Douglas, in a leading role. Or perhaps I should say that it features Kirk Douglas in two leading roles, the brothers Harrison, a wealthy cattle farmer, and Spur, a prospector. The action takes place in Victoria during the 1880s. Apart from the two brothers, the main character is Jim Craig, the "Man from Snowy River" himself. Jim is a young man orphaned by the death of his father in an accident, who goes to work on Harrison's station. The three main strands of the plot concern the relationship between the two brothers, who have been estranged for many years, the growing romance between Jim and Harrison's daughter Jessica, and the efforts to recapture a valuable stallion belonging to Harrison, which has escaped and is running with a herd of wild horses.

There are a number of differences in terminology; the wild horses are referred to as "brumbies" rather than "mustangs", Harrison's landholding is described as a "station" rather than a "ranch" and the reward for the recapture of the stallion is expressed in pounds rather than dollars. With those and a few other exceptions, however, the above synopsis could easily be that of a typical Western. And yet in some ways this is a very Australian film. The title and the story of the hunt for the escaped stallion derive from a narrative poem by the "bush poet" Banjo Paterson, although the other two strands of the plot are the inventions of the scriptwriters. Paterson himself appears as a character, as does Clancy of the Overflow, the hero of another of his poems. Paterson is something of a national icon in Australia, largely because his poetry helped to create the legend of the "Australian bushman", the tough, individualistic inhabitant of the Outback who plays a role in the Australian national imagination similar to that played by the cowboy in the American one. Clancy himself- a real individual, not a fictitious character- has come to be seen as the archetypal bushman.

"The Man from Snowy River" was made in 1982 during a decade when very few traditional Westerns were being made in America itself. (Perhaps the attraction of the film for Douglas was that it gave him a chance to star in one last "Western"). This was, however, a period when the Australian "New Wave" was starting to give that country its own cinematic identity with films about Australian history like "Picnic at Hanging Rock" and "Breaker Morant". This film, therefore, can be seen, not as an attempt to imitate Hollywood, but rather as an attempt to celebrate Australia's own history and culture in the way that the Western celebrated American history and culture. That other great celebration of the bushman, "Crocodile Dundee", a comedy with a contemporary setting, was to come shortly afterwards.

There are no really great acting performances, although Douglas copes well with the challenge of playing two very different characters, the autocratic, patrician Harrison and the more free-spirited Spur, even if his accent does not always hold up. The film is shot against some attractive mountain scenery, and the action sequences, especially the hunt for the missing stallion, are well done. This is a film which will appeal to anyone with an interest in Australia's past, as well to all horse-lovers. 7/10

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