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 ... 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 <>

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


Curly: I'm studying to be supervisor
Jim Craig: [to Curly] Studying to be stupid.
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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 »


Spoofed in Young Einstein (1988) See more »


Bagatelle in A Minor
Written by Ludwig van Beethoven
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15 years later, the movie is still fresh
2 October 1999 | by miheeSee all my reviews

It is hard to believe that so many years has past since I first saw "A Man from Snowy River." I was young and borrowed it on Betamax (yes Betamax) from a friend. Although I wish that I could of seen a full screen version of it, I will have to settle with the still fantastic small screen version.

The story is fairly simple. After his father dies, a boy tries to prove he a man worthy enough to live on his beloved Snowy Mountain. In order achieve this prize, he finds work on lower ground on a big ranch. A sweet romance is set between Jim, the boy, and the Rancher's daughter, Jessica, who is a feisty and strong female. There are wild horses, a sympathetic-but-bad-guy rancher, and beautiful scenery all which are an integral part of the story. (I don't want to give too much of the movie away).

I recently saw this movie (this time on VHS)with my niece and nephew. I could not believe how much I enjoyed it again. The thrilling horse riding scenes kept me at the edge of my seat. It is an ultimate family film one that has no foul language, gratuitous sex or violence. Nothing is dumbed down, the viewers being treated with the respect we deserve. GO RENT IT NOW!

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Release Date:

5 November 1982 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Man from Snowy River See more »


Box Office


$3,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$694,126, 7 November 1982

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Color (Eastmancolor)

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2.35 : 1
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