Jim’s ride …
In the classic Australian film, The Man from Snowy River, Jim Craig (Tom Burlinson) has joined the crack horsemen in pursuit of the wild brumbies, but the men baulk at following the mob down a precipitous decline. As Harrison (Kirk Douglas) declares the mob has beaten them, Craig gallops through the pack and over the precipice.
The essence of the poem by Banjo Paterson (on which the film is based) is captured in this sequence – the wild ride down the mountain. Many of the film’s lines, as when Harrison says ‘You can bid the mob good day’, come directly from Banjo Paterson’s poem.
Jim’s ride is surely one of the most exhilarating film sequences ever shot in Australia.