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Man From Snowy River, an Australian Western Worth Watching
I was a horse crazy girl growing up and not only did I read every horse book available, I watched every horse movie released and I continue to search out a good western or movie featuring horses. I first watched The Man From Snowy River in high school at a friends house, who was also in the same horse 4-H club, the Scantic Valley Riders.
Many of us then practiced the awe-inspiring downhill scene on the surrounding hills while trail riding. No, we didn't gallop down the hill, it was scary enough just leaning back at a walk on the saddle.
Later in life I even bought an Australian outback saddle off eBay just because of the movie. But I didn't have any hills here in Nebraska big enough to practice my down hill technique. But I felt pretty awesome up on my quarter horse as I went trail riding.
Man From Snowy River Themes
This horse movie has a little bit of something for everyone, drama, adventure, horse, and a love story.
- Drama & Adventure - this western drama pits brother against brother as one is jealous of the other and Jessica, Harrisons daughter is caught in the middle. There are horse chases, danger, redemption, and a story line which will draw in every audience. The chase scene at the end is just how an adventure movie should peak and climax.
- Cowboy Western- my husband loves a good western, doesn't matter if it's the American West or farther west into the Australian outback. Horses, tack,
- Amazing Australian Scenery- the movie wasn't actually filmed in the Snowy Mountains of Australia but in the Victorian High Country near Mansfield, but it doesn't matter. The vistas from the tops of the mountains over looking the valleys take my breath away. Riding a horse in the Australian Outback is on my bucket list.
- Love story- Jessica is not the prim and proper lady her father would like her to be and she is drawn to Jim Craig, just like he is drawn to her spirit. Does Jim ride off into the sunset with Jessica at the end of the movie? I'm not going to spoil it, but it's not what you expect.
- Horses- the Australian Brumby is the equivalent to the American mustang and these sure footed mountain horses are worth their weight in gold. They can go anywhere and have a heart as big as all outdoors. The amazing down hill scene still makes me turn my head to the side.
The story centers around Jim Craig a young ambitious young man who has grand ideas but must prove himself after his father dies that he is worthy of living in the mountains in the high country of the Australian outback.
Kirk Douglas plays the twin brothers, the rich rancher in the low country and the peg legged gold seeking mountaineer.
Movie Trivia from Man From Snowy River
- The move was based off a poem written by Banjo Paterson
- Actor Tom Burlinson (Jim Craig) performed all his own stunts, and had never ridden a horse prior to this movie
- Matilda is a reference to the song Waltzing Matilda and is heard during the movie
- The "terrible descent" down the cliff was taken in one shot
- Craigs Hut can be visited in Clear Hills east of Mount Stirling Victoria (another item on my bucket list)
Scenes and Poem of Man From Snowy River
The movie was based off a very descriptive poem which included Clancy, Harrison and Jessica. What a poem, once you hear it read you will understand how such a magnificent movie could be produced from the words of Banjo Peterson.
The original poem Man From Snowy River read to the the scenes of the movie. I actually love this poem, and the movie actually follows the poem perfectly.
Official Man From Snowy River trailer.
Have You Seen Man From Snowy River? What Did you Think?
Other Amazing Horse Movies
I have several favorite horse movies which include Seabiscuit, War Horse, Secretariat, The Black Stallion and probably the first horse movie I ever remember watching National Velvet, which was one of my Mothers favorite.
It could be Tom Sellack, Australia, the cowboys, or the shooting, but my husband and I also really like this Quigley Down Under.
Robert Redford stars in this tear jerker of a horse movie, The Horse Whisperer.
After the first dramatic scene it does get better and is a movie over coming odds and "getting back on the horse" when you fall lesson.
My all time favorite horse book and movie. The Black Stallion. High on scenery it doesn't need a lot of dialogue to convey the story line of a young boy and a horse that saved his life.