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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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Geoff Burrowes
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Burlinson ... Jim Craig
Sigrid Thornton ... Jessica
Brian Dennehy ... Harrison
Nicholas Eadie Nicholas Eadie ... Alistair Patton
Mark Hembrow Mark Hembrow ... Seb
Bryan Marshall Bryan Marshall ... Hawker
Rhys McConnochie ... Patton Snr.
Peter Cummins Peter Cummins ... Jake
Cornelia Frances ... Mrs. Darcy
Tony Barry ... Jacko
Wyn Roberts ... Priest (as Wynn Roberts)
Alec Wilson Alec Wilson ... Patton's Croney
Peter Browne Peter Browne ... Reilly
Alan Hopgood Alan Hopgood ... Simmons
Mark Pennell ... Collins
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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 ! See more »


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Country:

Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 April 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Return to Snowy River See more »

Filming Locations:

Mansfield, Victoria, Australia

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Gross USA:

$13,687,027
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Dolby

Color:

Color

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2.35 : 1
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Kirk Douglas said he would only return to the sequel if he could direct. Producer, Geoff Burrows refused and Kirk Douglas was replaced with Brian Dennehy. Burrows ended up directing the film himself. See more »

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When Harrison has left to find Jessica after she tells him she is going to speak to Jim, we see Harrison riding over a hill with a number of riders behind him. However, Jake and the other mountain men are in the group with Harrison, when they are actually in town having a beer at the tavern. This is because the scene was used from the final chase scene of the movie when everyone is in pursuit of Alistair Patton. Furthermore, when Harrison finds Jessica, he has only two other men with him when he says, "You two can head on back." See more »

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Mrs. Darcy: Broaden your minds -- have another beer. Have two!
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Follows The Man from Snowy River (1982) See more »

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Some stupid decisions mars this potentially fine sequel
7 May 2013 | by Bob-45See 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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