The Man from Snowy River (1982)

The Great Movie Re-Watch

The Man from Snowy River (1982)


George Miller


John Dixon

Cul Cullen


Tom Burlinson

Kirk Douglas

Sigrid Thornton

Jack Thompson


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.


The scene near the end of The Man from Snowy River, where Jim, Tom Burlinson, rides his horse down the mountain, always fills me with excitement. I can’t help but grin at the screen while he rides after the wild horses. I love it. After years of re-watches, that feeling is always there. I hope it never goes away.

A few factoids on The Man from Snowy River, it’s based on a poem by Banjo Paterson, an Australian poet. It was the highest-grossing Australian film until Crocodile Dundee came out. My last one, the Craig family home, was actually built in Clear Hills and remains there. It burned down in a brush fire in 2006 but was rebuilt.

The film has a sweet romance, but the main story is Jim becoming a man. He’s inexperienced in life and sheltered in a way. Through the movie, he learns that he can stand firm in his morals and ideals. It’s really sweet.

Also, there are tons of shots of beautiful horses. It’s a gorgeous movie. The scenery almost makes me want to overcome my intense fear of all the spiders in Australia so that I can visit.


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