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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), John Dixon (screenplay) | 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 ... 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


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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Did You Know?


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


Early in the movie, Jessica is shown playing a keyboard musical instrument which resembles a clavichord or virginal and sounds somewhat like a harpsichord, as it should. A little later, she is shown playing the same instrument but now it sounds like a concert grand piano. See more »


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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Crazy Credits

A herd of wild horses stampede over the hills after the end credits. See more »

Alternate Versions

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


Referenced in Psych: Santa Barbarian Candidate (2013) See more »


Bagatelle in A Minor
Written by Ludwig van Beethoven
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Family Entertainment At Its Best
3 July 2006 | by movieratings03See 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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Release Date:

5 November 1982 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office


$3,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$694,126, 7 November 1982

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Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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