Yes, I really have had the same favorite movie for nearly 30 years. I have never seen another movie that I loved more than this one. Why? It's not the best movie I've ever seen. It's not the first movie I ever saw. But I love it dearly.
The Man from Snowy River is inspired by a poem of the same name by A.B. "Banjo" Patterson, who is sort of the national poet of Australia. He also wrote "Waltzing Matilda," the unofficial Australian national anthem. I love the poem too, it flows magnificently and is really easy to memorize -- without trying, I've learned the first couple stanzas, and maybe one of these days I'll go ahead and learn the whole thing, which you can read here.
|Tom Burlinson as Jim Craig, the Man from Snowy River himself|
|Sigrid Thornton as Jessica Harrison|
|Jim Craig chasing the brumbies down the mountainside|
|Jim and Jessica taking a break from riding around in the mountains|
(Disney made a sequel in 1988. I'm not a fan.)
The very first CD I ever bought was the soundtrack for this movie. I've had the piano version of the main theme memorized since I was eleven. I can replay the entire film in my head, word for word and shot for shot, any time. I simply, absolutely, unreservedly adore it.
|Burlinson and Thornton in 2009 reprising the iconic shot above.|
In the end, I don't think I can really explain why I love this movie more than all others. I just do.
And here endeth this movie meme! Took me long enough, huh? :-)
|Jim Craig one more time cuz I love him. And his hat.|