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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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PG | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

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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 »

Goofs

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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Harrison: You haven't been outside this house in days.
Jessica: I thought this is where you wanted me -- looking decorative, waiting for the suitors to call.
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Follows The Man from Snowy River (1982) See more »

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Catching and Taming the Brumbies
10 March 2016 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Tom Burlinson and Sigrid Thornton return in their roles from The Man From Snowy River based on the A.B. Patterson epic poem about the Australian outback. Burlinson has proved himself to be a master of catching and taming the wild mustang known to us Yanks as Brumbies. Now he's back but her father is just as opposed to Burlinson marrying his daughter as he was in the first film.

Brian Dennehy takes over the role of the American migrant who came to Australia and made his fortune that Kirk Douglas played in The Man From Snowy River. But it was a dual part that Kirk played, he was also the ne'er do well brother who spent his life in the high country prospecting.

Some folks have all the luck, the twin brother died and on his property only feet from where he dug was a mother lode of a gold vein. His fellow prospectors inherited his land and truly share in his potential wealth. That's something resented by Dennehy and the landed gentry he's part of.

Dennehy has some respect for what Burlinson has done, but he sees Thornton as marrying up into society and maybe as a part of a merger of families. Like royalty so to speak.

The one he has in mind is the son of the local banker Nicholas Eadie who for our purposes is one Snidely Whiplash like villain.

Like The Man From Snowy River, Return From Snowy River captures well the flavor of the Australian frontier. Sad that Kirk Douglas couldn't return, but Brian Dennehy is a more than adequate substitute in the patriarchal role.

Just brush up a little on your Australian idioms and this is a well done story with a plot you'll recognize from a ton of American westerns.


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