The Man from Snowy River

Movie review by Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 9+

Family-friendly Western with moments of harsh conflict.

PG 1982 102 minutes

Parents say

age 7+

Based on 5 reviews

Kids say

age 10+

Based on 4 reviews

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age 7+

Under-rated

I was shocked to see this get an overall rating of 3 when even IMDB it has a 7/10. Outside of the feminism and a few (realistic) foul language, this film was made on a low budget yet captured some of the best horse-riding stuntwork (the stuntmen/horseriders couldn't handle the Australian terrain, so they had to hire local Australian bushmen and farmers to film the work), the legendary Kirk Douglas brings 2 epic performances in a dual role. It brings alive a magnificent poem from the 1890s, the directing, screenplay, script and and acting are flawless. I watched this when I was 7 and have forever been in love with this film, to the point that my fiance and I are going to Orange NSW where Banjo Patterson was born on our honeymoon. This film's cinematography beats many higher budget films like the epic-budget, cinema flop of Australia. Forget Crocodile Dundee, if you want a taste of real Australia this is the film.

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age 5+

parents may find it a bit predictable but overall a great choice for the whole family

Our older kids love Yellowstone, Longmire, and raunchy western dramas, and our younger kids like Spirit and horse cartoons. How to merge the two? family friendly live action westerns! this was great and kept everyone interested without having any sex, violence, or cursing, there was one b*****d and no other bad words in the whole film. Awesome riding and beautiful scenery.

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