The Man from Snowy River II
|The Man from Snowy River II|
Australian DVD cover
|Directed by||Geoff Burrowes|
|Produced by||Geoff Burrowes|
|Written by||Banjo Paterson (poem)
Geoff Burrowes (story)
|Music by||Bruce Rowland|
|Edited by||Gary Woodyard|
|Distributed by||Buena Vista Pictures|
|Running time||110 minutes|
The Man from Snowy River II is a 1988 Australian drama film, the sequel to The Man from Snowy River. It was released in the United States as Return to Snowy River, and in the United Kingdom as The Untamed.
Some years after his dangerous ride down the steep mountain to capture the Brumby herd and regain the Colt from old "Regret", Jim Craig, now with a large herd of mountain-bred horses of his own, returns to his home vicinity to take up with his girl, Jessica Harrison. She is still smitten with him, but opposition from her father remains as resolute as ever. Further, she also has a rich would-be suitor endeavouring to court her, Alistair Patton, son of the banker from whom Harrison is seeking a large loan. Before he returns from Harrison's property to his home, Jim meets an army officer seeking quality horses for the remount service on a regular basis.
As the young Patton realizes Jessica's affections remain for Jim, and that she doesn't "give a damn" about him (Patton), he jealously and maliciously recruits a gang to steal Jim's horses. Jim gives chase and in so doing again rides his horse down the steep mountainside. Patton shoots at him; the horse is killed and Jim is injured but manages to recover and resume the pursuit. As Jim had earlier let the wild stallion which led the brumbies loose into the wild again, in a twist of fate, the stallion shows itself from the wild at this crucial moment, and Jim finally trains this horse that has been the enigma of the entire district for decades. As he breaks him in and learns to ride him, they become friends, and together, they catch up to Patton and his gang.
Jessica's father has also relented during this time, seen 'the light' and eventually joins with Jim and his 'rough-rider' friends to hunt down Patton and his gang. Jim Craig gets and wins his man-on-man duel with the chief 'villain', Allistair Patton, and Harrison gives his final approval for Jessica and Jim's alliance and the couple marry.
- Tom Burlinson as Jim Craig
- Sigrid Thornton as Jessica Harrison
- Brian Dennehy as Harrison
- Nicholas Eadie as Alistair Patton
- Mark Hembrow as Seb
- Bryan Marshall as Hawker
- Rhys McConnochie as Patton Snr.
- Peter Cummins as Jake
- Cornelia Frances as Mrs. Darcy
- Tony Barry as Jacko
- Wynn Roberts as Priest
- Alec Wilson as Patton's Croney
- Peter Browne as Reilly
- Alan Hopgood as Simmons
- Mark Pennell as Collins
Geoff Burrowes, who produced the first movie, decided to direct as he felt he would clash with any other director because he felt so strongly about the material.
A horse was put down during the making of the movie which led to a Victorian government inquiry, which ruled the horse was killed needlessly.
The name of the soundtrack for this film is the same as the American name for the film.
Bruce Rowland, who composed the music for this film, also composed the music for the first film.
This film has two alternative endings.
- Jim and Jessica return to his mountain cottage where they are married.
- An extended end to the film (the DVD release gives both) shows Jim and Jessica being married in the town church.
Award and nominations
- Won 1989 APRA Award for Best Original Music Score (soundtrack title Return to Snowy River) — (awarded to Bruce Rowland)
- Nominated for 1988 AFI Award for Best Achievement in Sound
- Nominated for 1989 Motion Picture Sound Editors Golden Reel Award for Best Sound Editing – Sound Effects
The Man from Snowy River II grossed $7,415,000 at the box office in Australia, which is equivalent to $13,940,200 in 2009 dollars.
- "Production Barometer", Cinema Papers, May 1988 p46
- David Stratton, The Avocado Plantation: Boom and Bust in the Australian Film Industry, Pan MacMillan, 1990 p67
- Larry Schrwartz, "Doubt Cast on Need for Mare's Death", Sydney Morning Herald, 5 June 1987 p2
- Film Victoria – Australian Films at the Australian Box Office
- Official website
- The Man from Snowy River II at the Internet Movie Database
- The Man from Snowy River II at AllMovie
- The Man from Snowy River II at the TCM Movie Database
- The Man from Snowy River II at the National Film and Sound Archive