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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.


George Miller


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





Cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Burlinson ... Jim Craig
Terence Donovan Terence Donovan ... Henry Craig
Kirk Douglas ... Harrison / Spur
Tommy Dysart Tommy Dysart ... Mountain Man
Bruce Kerr 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 Gus Mercurio ... Frew
Howard Eynon Howard Eynon ... Short Man
Lorraine Bayly Lorraine Bayly ... Rosemary Hume


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.


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Release Date:

5 November 1982 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Herencia de un valiente See more »


Box Office


$3,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$694,126, 7 November 1982, Limited Release

Gross USA:

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Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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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 »


At the end of the film when the brumbies are being driven toward a holding corral, the mare Bess and the colt are way out in front. They're domesticated, and they'd know that the ranch meant food and water, so they'd be more eager to return than the others. See more »


Jessica Harrison: If I'd wanted your help, mate, I would've asked for it.
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A herd of wild horses stampede over the hills after the end credits. See more »


Referenced in Top Gear Australia: Bowls of Thunder (2008) See more »

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Family Entertainment At Its Best
3 July 2006 | by George AttwoodSee all my reviews

THE MAN FROM SNOWY RIVER ***** An Australian western that centers its story on a coming-of-age mountain man (Tom Burlinson) who's father dies and must go to the lowlands to earn enough money to support the family farm. There, he finds work at a cattle ranch owned by Kirk Douglas, who wants to expand his success to something greater: unmined gold in the mountains. As Burlinson comes to grips with his new work setting and first love (Sigrid Thornton), he evolves into the man he needs to be to follow in his father's footsteps back home. It's excellent family entertainment, with a story that is basic enough for everyone to comprehend, yet doesn't hold a corny or simpleton status because of it. Be sure to rent it.

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