Return To Snowy River


1h 45m 1988
Return To Snowy River

Brief Synopsis

Story of two lovers caught up in a violent feud between landowners.

Film Details

Also Known As
Return to Snowy River Part II, The Legend Continues
Genre
Romance
Adventure
Western
Sequel
Release Date
1988
Distribution Company
Walt Disney Studios Distribution
Location
Victoria, Australia; Merrijig, Australia

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 45m

Synopsis

Story of two lovers caught up in a violent feud between landowners.

Crew

Richard Allardice

Grip

Chris Anderson

Stunt Coordinator

Chris Anderson

Stunts

Ian Anderson

Liaison

Ian Anderson

Color

Peter Armstrong

Special Effects Assistant

Jenny Arnott

Costume Supervisor

Danny Baldwin

Stunts

John Barratt

Music Coordinator

Julie Bates

Continuity

Richard Bell

Set Decorator

Di Biggs

Makeup Supervisor

Leslie Binns

Production Designer

John Bird

Stunts

Josette Bradley

Caterer

Campbell Burdon

Construction

Peter Burgess

Sound Editor

Geoff Burrowes

Producer

Geoff Burrowes

Screenplay

Gregory Campitelli

Sound Editor

Rosie Cass

Other

Tim Chau

Sound Editor

Ross Cockle

Music

Conrad Coffey

Production Assistant

Jane Cole

Assistant Editor

Mary Rose Colman

Wrangler

Mary Rose Colman

Animal Wrangler

Claude Condor

Construction

Ken Connley

Stunts

Sue Conos

Animal Wrangler

Sue Conos

Wrangler

Thomas Cook

Wardrobe

Miriam Cortes

Negative Cutting

Lydia Cover

Production Assistant

Doc Cunningham

Camera

Wally Dalton

Stunts

Mitch Deans

Stunts

John Dixon

Screenplay

Melinda Dundas

Other

Chris Dunlop

Office Runner

Gerald Egan

Stunts

Gerald Egan

Stunt Coordinator

David Eggby

Director Of Photography

James A. Fitzgerald

Wardrobe Assistant

Les Frazier

Electrician

Graeme Fry

Wrangler

Graeme Fry

Animal Wrangler

Max Green

Other

Jonathan Hardy

Other

David Harrison

Sound

Steve Harrison

Animal Wrangler

Steve Harrison

Wrangler

Mark Hayward

Camera Operator

Mick Hearn

Other

Frances Hogan

Costume Supervisor

Joanne Holmes

Accountant

John Howie

Other

Jim Hughes

Transportation Manager

Kerry Jackson

Grip

Kasia Jakubczak

Wardrobe Assistant

Chris James

Props

Simon James

Assistant Editor

Tom Jannike

Unit Manager

Laura Jocic

Wardrobe

Louise Johnson

Assistant Editor

Bob Jones

Construction

Mike Jones

Construction

Kate Joyce

Scenic Artist

Ian Jury

Unit Location Manager

Anna Karpinski

Makeup

John Kearney

Executive Producer

Peter Kendall

Assistant Art Director

Barry Kennedy

Property Master

Don Keyte

Unit Manager

David Lancashire

Graphic Designer

Robert Leo

Art Director

Rick Lewis

Production Assistant

Christine Lipari

Continuity

Geoff Little

Special Effects Assistant

Kent Lovell

Executive Producer

Charlie Lovick

Other

Charlie Lovick

Animal Trainer

Glenda Lovick

Other

John Lovick

Animal Trainer

Susie Maizels

Casting

Graydon Marks

Wrangler

Graydon Marks

Animal Wrangler

Rob Mcphee

Stunts

Cameron Mellor

Assistant Director

Stuart Menzies

Production Manager

Peter Moloney

Best Boy

Steve Murphy

Consultant

Rob Murray

Other

Marita Mussett

Wardrobe Assistant

Ron Newman

Helicopter Pilot

Ross Newman

Props

Burns Newton

Wrangler

Burns Newton

Animal Wrangler

David O'gradey

Assistant Art Director

Leigh Parker

Storyboard Artist

Paul Pattison

Hairdresser

Ray Pattison

Assistant Director

Nick Payne

Generator Operator

Bob Payze

Construction

Brian Pearce

Special Effects Supervisor

Chris Peter

Technical Advisor

Bruce Phillips

Camera

Brett Popplewell

Assistant Director

Daryl Porter

Assistant

Krys Porter

Art Department Coordinator

John Powditch

Assistant Director

Roy Prendergast

Music Editor

Malcolm Pritchard

Stunts

Ron Purvis

Sound

John Raaen

Stunts

Bill Regan

Production Supervisor

Lori Ritchie

Accountant

Terry Rodman

Sound

Terry Rodman

Sound Supervisor

Jenny Roques

Caterer

Richard Roques

Caterer

Bruce Rowland

Music

Derek Scott

Animal Wrangler

Derek Scott

Wrangler

Stan Seserko

Accountant

Ian Sheath

Other

Alan Simms

Other

Kim Snow

Assistant

Stuart Sorby

Gaffer

David Stevens

Camera

Jan Stott

Production Coordinator

Ray Taylor

Construction

Richard Tummell

Electrician

Peter Vam Orsouw

Other

Joe Vittorio

Photography

Keith Wagstaff

Director Of Photography

Gregg B Wallace

Key Grip

Mark Wasiutak

Boom Operator

James Watson

Wardrobe

Sen Weir

Wrangler

Sen Weir

Animal Wrangler

Gary Wilkins

Sound

Tracey Wilkins

Accountant

Dave Williamson

Camera Operator

Bill Willoughby

Stunts

Murray Wilson

Foreman

Viv Wilson

Set Decorator

Gary Woodyard

Editor

Dennis Wright

Executive Producer

Polly Wynn

Stunts

Vivian Zink

Photography

Film Details

Also Known As
Return to Snowy River Part II, The Legend Continues
Genre
Romance
Adventure
Western
Sequel
Release Date
1988
Distribution Company
Walt Disney Studios Distribution
Location
Victoria, Australia; Merrijig, Australia

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 45m

Articles

Return to Snowy River


Return to Snowy River (1988) (also known as The Man from Snowy River II) was the sequel to the 1982 film The Man from Snowy River. Many of the cast of the first film reprised their roles, including Tom Burlingson (Jim Craig) and Sigrid Thornton (Jessica Harrison), but Brian Dennehy took over Kirk Douglas' role of Harrison. In this film, Craig returns to his home and to his girl, Jessica, hoping that her father will finally approve of him and allow them to be married. He doesn't count on Jessica's rich, new boyfriend, Alistair Patton (Nicholas Eadie) who will stop at nothing to get Craig out of the way - including murder.

Directed by Geoff Burrowes from a script by Burrowes and John Dixon, Return to Snowy River and its prequel were loosely based on a 104-line poem The Man From Snowy River, written by Banjo Paterson (using the name "The Banjo," after a racehorse his family owned), first published in the Australian news magazine The Bulletin in 1890.

The film was shot on location in Mansfield, Victoria, Australia, where an accident with one of the horses led to director Burrowes suing the RSPCA (Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) for defamation after they condemned the euthanasia of a mare that was injured on the set. According to Burrowes, a pregnant mare collapsed while cantering and could not be raised because of a serious injury to her leg. Because Burrowes would not allow guns on the set, unless they were in the hands of the vet (who was on another set at the time) or an expert marksman, the experienced horsemen decided to put her out of her misery. "We could leave her in pain to fetch the rifle or do the job then and there as had always been done in the bush, using a method which every bushman is taught from his earliest days." Unfortunately, this method consisted of hitting the mare on the head several times with the blunt end of an ax, which the RSPCA criticized, despite having a representative on the set who did not protest. Burrowes was later acquitted of charges of aggravated cruelty, and the RSPCA was ordered to pay the director $38,000.

Return to Snowy River was produced by Burrowes Film Group, in association with Walt Disney Pictures, Silver Screen Partners III, and Hoyts Film Partnership with a budget of $8.7 million Australian dollars. When it was released on April 15, 1988, the film would go on to make $13,687,027 at the box office. Christopher Hicks, writing for The Deseret News called the film "a bit hackneyed and hokey around the edges, but is still fun in an old-fashioned western way with more than enough action, adventure, romance, and rough-and-tumble horseplay to please fans of the first film."

SOURCES:
"Film Director Set to Sue RSPCA" The Canberra Times 1 Jun 87
"Movie Makers Cleared of Cruelty Charges" The Canberra Times 16 Aug 87
The Internet Movie Database
Perkins, George A Season in New South Wales
www.sl.nsw.gov.au/events/exhibitions/2010/onehundred/100-objects/Exhibit-053.htm
Return To Snowy River

Return to Snowy River

Return to Snowy River (1988) (also known as The Man from Snowy River II) was the sequel to the 1982 film The Man from Snowy River. Many of the cast of the first film reprised their roles, including Tom Burlingson (Jim Craig) and Sigrid Thornton (Jessica Harrison), but Brian Dennehy took over Kirk Douglas' role of Harrison. In this film, Craig returns to his home and to his girl, Jessica, hoping that her father will finally approve of him and allow them to be married. He doesn't count on Jessica's rich, new boyfriend, Alistair Patton (Nicholas Eadie) who will stop at nothing to get Craig out of the way - including murder. Directed by Geoff Burrowes from a script by Burrowes and John Dixon, Return to Snowy River and its prequel were loosely based on a 104-line poem The Man From Snowy River, written by Banjo Paterson (using the name "The Banjo," after a racehorse his family owned), first published in the Australian news magazine The Bulletin in 1890. The film was shot on location in Mansfield, Victoria, Australia, where an accident with one of the horses led to director Burrowes suing the RSPCA (Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) for defamation after they condemned the euthanasia of a mare that was injured on the set. According to Burrowes, a pregnant mare collapsed while cantering and could not be raised because of a serious injury to her leg. Because Burrowes would not allow guns on the set, unless they were in the hands of the vet (who was on another set at the time) or an expert marksman, the experienced horsemen decided to put her out of her misery. "We could leave her in pain to fetch the rifle or do the job then and there as had always been done in the bush, using a method which every bushman is taught from his earliest days." Unfortunately, this method consisted of hitting the mare on the head several times with the blunt end of an ax, which the RSPCA criticized, despite having a representative on the set who did not protest. Burrowes was later acquitted of charges of aggravated cruelty, and the RSPCA was ordered to pay the director $38,000. Return to Snowy River was produced by Burrowes Film Group, in association with Walt Disney Pictures, Silver Screen Partners III, and Hoyts Film Partnership with a budget of $8.7 million Australian dollars. When it was released on April 15, 1988, the film would go on to make $13,687,027 at the box office. Christopher Hicks, writing for The Deseret News called the film "a bit hackneyed and hokey around the edges, but is still fun in an old-fashioned western way with more than enough action, adventure, romance, and rough-and-tumble horseplay to please fans of the first film." SOURCES: "Film Director Set to Sue RSPCA" The Canberra Times 1 Jun 87 "Movie Makers Cleared of Cruelty Charges" The Canberra Times 16 Aug 87 The Internet Movie Database Perkins, George A Season in New South Wales www.sl.nsw.gov.au/events/exhibitions/2010/onehundred/100-objects/Exhibit-053.htm

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Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States on Video November 1, 1988

Released in United States Spring April 15, 1988

Directorial debut for Geoff Burrowes. Kirk Douglas had originally been cast to reprise his performance in "The Man From Snowy River" but was replaced by Brian Dennehy.

Began shooting March 2, 1987.

Released in United States Spring April 15, 1988

Released in United States on Video November 1, 1988