Return To Snowy River

Last Updated on: June 26th, 2024

Return To Snowy River (1988 Movie)

“Return to Snowy River” is a 1988 Australian-American adventure drama film and a sequel to the 1982 film “The Man from Snowy River,” which was also based on the epic poem “The Man from Snowy River” by A.B. ‘Banjo’ Paterson. The movie was released by Walt Disney Pictures and continues the story of Jim Craig, a skilled horseman, and his adventures in the Snowy River region of Australia.

The film picks up where the first one left off, with Jim Craig (played by Tom Burlinson) still living on his own in the mountains and taming wild horses. However, he is summoned back to the Snowy River homestead by Harrison (played by Brian Dennehy), the wealthy owner of the station, to help him save his daughter Jessica (played by Sigrid Thornton), who is facing financial ruin.

Upon returning to the station, Jim faces challenges not only from the treacherous landscape but also from the rich and powerful rancher, Alistair Patton (played by Nicholas Eadie), who seeks to take over the Snowy River property. Jim must prove his worth as a horseman and his love for Jessica while fighting for the survival of the station and its legacy.

“Return to Snowy River” is praised for its stunning cinematography and breathtaking scenery, showcasing the rugged beauty of the Australian outback. The film also features thrilling horse riding scenes and a compelling story of love, loyalty, and courage.

While “Return to Snowy River” received mixed reviews from critics, it was well-received by audiences and remains a favorite among fans of adventure and Western films. The movie is known for its heartwarming themes and captivating performances, particularly by Tom Burlinson as Jim Craig.

The success of “Return to Snowy River” further solidified the popularity of the Snowy River film series, and it remains an enduring part of Australian cinema history. The film’s legacy has inspired a TV series and several other adaptations over the years.

In conclusion, “Return to Snowy River” is a thrilling and visually stunning adventure film that continues the story of Jim Craig and his adventures in the Australian outback. It captures the spirit of the first film while adding new elements to the narrative, making it a beloved sequel among fans of classic adventure films.

Return To Snowy River

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  • Type of Movie: Live-Action
  • Box Office: $13.68 million
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  • Tom Burlinson: Jim Craig
  • Sigrid Thornton: Jessica Harrison
  • Brian Dennehy: Harrison
  • Nicholas Eadie: Alistair Patton
  • Mark Hembrow: Seb
  • Bryan Marshall: Hawker
  • Rhys McConnochie: Patton Snr.
  • Peter Cummins: Jake
  • Cornelia Frances: Mrs. Darcy
  • Tony Barry: Jacko
  • Wynn Roberts: Priest
  • Alec Wilson: Patton’s Croney
  • Peter Browne: Reilly
  • Alan Hopgood: Simmons
  • Mark Pennell: Collins


  • Director: Geoff Burrowes
  • Producers: Geoff Burrowes
  • Music: Bruce Rowland

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