Wednesday, November 9, 2011
The Man from Snowy River!
And it's not even a Western-western, it's an Aussie western directed by the great George Miller!
Yeah, I know. I should like RIDE THE HIGH COUNTRY or THE WILD BUNCH or at least SHANE better, but damnit I just don't. This one has it all--romance, a beautiful black horse snorting vapor at the full moon, a score that makes a grown man sob, and Kirk Douglas in a double roll as an asshole rancher and the twin brother whose leg the asshole rancher shot off because Spurr was caught in a romantic tryst with the money-grubbing asshole's wife...
And great mountain scenery and a young hero with a tragic past who's persecuted because he's one of the "mountain people" and yet isn't accepted by the "mountain people" because he hasn't proved himself. Yet.
And a beautiful but strong girl who needs recusing by the tragic hero on a lonely cliff in the middle of nowhere. I mean, dangit, it brings a fella to tears!
This is it--everything a movie should be and so few aren't. A truly great western and my number one favorite.