Featuring Kirk Douglas in a remarkable dual role and highlighted by a climactic chase involving 40 horsemen and 90 wild stallions thundering across snow-covered peaks, THE MAN FROM SNOWY RIVER is destined to become a legendary film. Set during the 1880's, when the Australian frontier was as wild and dangerous as the American West, the film follows the exploits of a handsome youth (Tom Burlinson) who sets out to tame a wild herd of horses. Taking on a challenge many men had attempted before him, he rides deep into the treacherous and untamed wilderness of his native timberlands where boys become men fast - or die trying.
This is a classic western style movie, only set in Australia rather then the wild west. It is a story of perseverance, and will. The hubby and I love watching westerns, him more then me, but when I do sit down to really watching any western, I end up staying for the entire movie. This was no different. The story line of the movie was very thorough and straight to the point. Tom Burlinson who is the star of the movie (Jim) and Sigrid Thornton his leading lady (Jessica) have a great chemistry. Accompanied by one of the all time great actors Kirk Douglas who plays two parts Jessica’s father and estranged uncle rounds out the cast quite well. Definitely a movie that belongs in any classic collection of westerns.
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