The Man from Snowy River
(1982) directed by George Miller
with Tom Burlinson
and Kirk Douglas
Traditional boy's coming of age
set against the red rocks of remote Australian
mountains. (I was able to see this in the theater, and the scenery is awe-inspiring.) Tom Burlinson is Jim Craig, the young man who must prove his manhood
by earning the land his father left with his death. Although the land is his, he must earn the right
to live in the mountain community. The wild brumbies, a group of runaway horses
, give Jim the chance he needs to prove himself--by taming the brumbies Jim can gain respect, get the girl (Sigrid Thornton), and recapture the horses that trampled and killed his father.
The acting is no more than passable, but the incredible scenery and soundtrack (composed by Bruce Rowland
) make it remarkably refreshing.