The Man From Snowy River (1982)

man from snowy riverAn Australian mountain man saves his land, tames a wild horse, and in the process proves to Kirk Douglas that wild hearts CAN be broken.


If you feel a sudden wave of 1980s nostalgia rushing upon your soul, don’t fight it. Embrace it. Just accept the fact that at your very core, you’re just a little girl who loves horses.

Not much to say about this one, other than you’ve probably already seen it if you were alive when it came out. Kirk Douglas pulls a Parent Trap and plays two different characters who are siblings. Only these two siblings don’t discover they have a twin at girls’ camp. They already knew. And they hate each other. And one of them shot the other twin in the leg. That was also not at girls’ camp.

I think my favorite part is when the wild horse goes bananas and we get that crazy one-eyed close up. Thankfully somebody else who appreciates fine cinematography took the time to upload it to YouTube:


There might be a better clip of that whole scene somewhere, but there were only so many piano covers of “Jessica’s Theme” I was willing to comb through to find that.

OH, SOMETHING YOU SHOULD KNOW:  Not to toot my own horn or anything, but I myself once learned to play “Jessica’s Theme” on the piano. At the time my piano teacher suggested it was beneath me, and urged me to play something else. I argued with her until my voice was horse. But do I regret it? Naaaaaaaay.

Like ol’ Jim Craig, we must work hard for the future we desire. We may not need to take our horses on a flying leap off a cliff, but we just can’t afford to be afraid of hard things in life. Things always work out for those who are willing to work. As Thomas S. Monson once said:

man from snowy river movie“Don’t take counsel of your fears. Don’t say to yourselves, ‘I’m not wise enough, or I can’t apply myself sufficiently well to study this difficult subject or in this difficult field, so I shall choose the easier way.’ I plead with you to tax your talent, and our Heavenly Father will make you equal to those decisions.”

We can do hard things. Too many of us want success without having to work for it. Those who buy into the get-rich-quick mentality or cut crucial corners in any area of life do so at the expense of the experience required to be truly happy and successful. Real happiness is found in accomplishment and progress.

In a more spiritual sense, that’s why repentance is key to salvation. For Christ’s Atonement to take effect in our lives, we must show we are willing to follow him, and that means work. It means constant improvement. Could we really expect to be happy living in God’s heavenly presence when we spent our entire lives ignoring His commandments or living only the commandments we were comfortable with?

In all things, whether they be of heaven or earth, we must be willing to work, because those who want something for nothing will never be satisfied.

Wo unto you…whose eyes are full of greediness, and who will not labor with your own hands!” – Doctrine & Covenants 56:17

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One Response to The Man From Snowy River (1982)

  1. Alayna says:

    Aussie! Aussie! Aussie! Oi! Oi! Oi!

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