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Touted by many as an Australian masterpiece The Man From Snowy River is a sweeping epic of love life and horses The story begins when a mans life ends young cowboy Jim Craigs Tom Burlinson father Henry dies unexpectedly Although Jim hasnt left the land of Snowy River for his entire eighteen years the time has finally come for him to venture out on his own Determined to prove himself as a man not a boy Jim sets out to the low lands to earn some money and hopefully earn some self respect Jim finds a decent job without too much trouble He needs to earn the respect of his fellow ranchers in order to return to Snowy River and rightfully claim and maintain his fathers land The low lands are where Jim experiences his first taste of adversity from disgruntled ranchers who dont take him seriously This is also where Jim meets his first love the beautiful and fiery Jessica Harrison Sigrid Thornton In a soap opera-style twist Kirk Douglas in a dual role plays twin brothers Harrison and Spur two men separated for years by a long standing feud The men cross paths again via Jim as one of the brothers was Jims deceased fathers best friend the other the father of Jims newfound love Although the connection is a bit far fetched it is pulled off convincingly enough with the focus becoming the two young lovers caught in the middle of it all The Man From Snowy River has received high praise for its successful delivery on multiple levels The story is one of courage without much bloodshed or gore The story is also one of first love without looks of lust or gratuitous sex Instead in place of moviemakers more popular ploys we get a truly strong story held together by chemistry and character rather than cheap gimmicks and easy outs Another aspect that makes the film
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