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Return to Snowy River (1988)

The Man from Snowy River II (original title)
Young Jim Craig returns to his home in the Australian high country. He finds that things are not as he left them - his girlfriend is being pursued by another man, and her father doesn't want Jim back into her life.

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Nicholas Eadie ...
Alistair Patton
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Seb
Bryan Marshall ...
Hawker
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Patton Snr.
Peter Cummins ...
Jake
Cornelia Frances ...
Mrs. Darcy
Tony Barry ...
Jacko
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Priest (as Wynn Roberts)
Alec Wilson ...
Patton's Croney
Peter Browne ...
Reilly
Alan Hopgood ...
Simmons
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Young Jim Craig returns to the Australian high country, after being away herding the horses he caught and sold, in order to provide a stake for his future. He finds things quite different than when he left: his girlfriend, Jessica Harrison, is being pursued by a rich suitor, Jessica's father wants him out of her life, and the residents of the high country are being driven out by the wealthier low country ranchers. Jim definitely has his work cut out for him. Written by Marinelle K. Szenasy

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The man is back!


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15 April 1988 (USA)  »

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$13,687,027 (USA)
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Return to Snowy River (1988) & its substitute title, "Return to Snowy River" date of release: Friday, April 15th, 1988, to many, is the IRS' Income Tax deadline date. It was also 123 years after Saturday, April 15th, 1865, President,Abraham Lincoln's life-loss, after he was the first President, that was assassinated, on Good Friday, April 14th, 1865, by John Wilkes Booth, at Ford's Theatre, while he was watching play, "Our American Cousin". See more »

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The final fight with Alistair, Jim's coat is sliced by Alistair's sword and there is a large bloodstain on it. In the subsequent scene in the bar when he is speaking with Jessica and Mr. Harrison he is wearing the same coat but there is no cut in the sleeve or bloodstain. See more »

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Mrs. Darcy: Broaden your minds -- have another beer. Have two!
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Some stupid decisions mars this potentially fine sequel
7 May 2013 | by (Savannah, GA) – See all my reviews

The three best things about "Man From Snowy River" were 1) The widescreen vistas 2) Kirk Douglas, especially as Spur 3) The music. Well, one of of three is not so good (though I do understand the Australian release was in Widescreen) The standard 35 (on the US DVD, at least) really detracts from the magnificent vistas that made "The Man From Snowy River" such a joy to watch (and helped disguise its relatively low budget). However, the most disastrous mistake that nearly undoes the movie is eliminating the "Spur" character and recasting "Harrison" with Brian Dennehy instead of Kirk Douglas. My gosh, are you telling me Kirk Douglas was not available SOMETIME during the SIX years between "Man From Snowy River" and "Return to..."? I also heard that Kirk Douglas was uniformly disliked by the original cast. If that is true, why not at least cast an actor with the same type of INTENSITY as Kirk Douglas; right off hand, I can think of three: Richard Widmark, Charlton Heston and James Coburn. Any of these three actors could play BOTH "Harrison" and "Spur". If the writers insisted on "killing off" "Spur," they could then have least had one of these actors play him in flashbacks or dreams, as "Spur" really brought life to the first film. As it is, Dennehy plays "Harrison" so differently than Douglas, it took me nearly an hour to get used to the change.

I really hope to one day see the widescreen version of "Return to Snowy River" to see how much the process improves the pacing of the film, particularly since the plotting itself is tighter than the original. As it is, "Return to Snowy River" comes across as a bad knock-off of the original. I give "Return to Snowy River" a weak "6".


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