The Man from Snowy River himself is Jim Craig (Tom Burlinson), a young Australian man who is orphaned early in the movie when his father dies in an accident due to a mob of brumbies (wild horses).
|Jim Craig (Tom Burlinson)|
Jim has to earn the right to live up in the mountains on his father's homestead, so he goes down to the flat country and winds up working for Mr. Harrison (Kirk Douglas), a wealthy American rancher.
|Mr. Harrison (Kirk Douglas)|
Jim falls in love with his boss's daughter, Jessica (Sigrid Thornton), but Mr. Harrison hates mountain men, so he forbids the match.
|Jessica Harrison (Sigrid Thornton)|
|The super-famous shot of Jim riding his horse down a steep mountain.|
This is Jim's chance to clear his name, prove he's grown up and can live on his own up in the mountains, and show Mr. Harrison he can succeed at really hard things, thereby maybe earning his permission to court Jessica. "Prove yourself" is a very important theme to me, though I'll never know if it's because of this movie, or if I love this movie because I was going to love that theme no matter what.
I love some of the costumes in this movie! Jessica gets some very Victorian dresses, as does her Aunt Rosemary (Lorraine Bayly). I managed to capture this, which shows off Jessica's bustle and most of Jim's usual outfit.
There's a scene or two where Mr. Harrison, his daughter, his sister-in-law, and some guests wear evening clothes. They spend the whole time seated at a table, so this is about all you see of them, though you do get close-ups now and then. I love all the period props in this shot too.
But Jim Craig and most of the men wear your ordinary Aussie-western apparel.
|Jim meets his horse.|
|Jessica watches Jim return to the homestead.|
|The Harrison Homestead.|
Well, there you have it, a brief review of my favorite movie of all time. I got to watch it over my birthday with one of my best friends, which was a great pleasure. I'll leave you with one final shot of The Man himself, tipping what I consider to be one of the greatest hats in cinema history.