Return to Snowy River

1988 PG 1h 39m DVD

Return to Snowy River

1988 PG 1h 39m DVD
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In this sequel to The Man from Snowy River, frontiersman Jim Craig (Tom Burlinson) returns to the Australian highlands after a three-year absence to find the girl he left behind. However, he's made an enemy in her father and a rival in an arrogant banker's son. Once again, Jim has to prove his mettle to win the girl. Return to Snowy River is marked by the same breathtaking cinematography that graced the first film.
Full Screen 1.33:1
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
PG - Some material may not be suitable for children. Parents urged to give parental guidance. May contain some material parents might not like for their young children.
age 9+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 9+
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age 9+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that this sequel to the classic Australian western The Man from Snowy River includes several violent sequences and some language that may be too intense for younger elementary-aged kids. There's more violence than in most PG-rated movies: a horse tramples a man to death; a young man is beat up; a rich man pays a gang to harass the main character, and two men fight each other with a sword and then their fists. The salty language features several insults like "mongrel," "rich bastard," and the like. The romance highlighted in the original builds into a live-in relationship that bucks traditional standards and shows that marriage should be based on mutual love and respect, not convenience or class.

Sexual Content

Jim and Jessica kiss passionately a couple of times. There is some sexual innuendo when a barmaid flirts with a rich patron. When he asks what's good, she says "everything" in an exaggerated manner and then tells him she's missed him. A woman leaves her father's house to live with the love of her life, but they are not married -- quite the scandal in 19th century Australia.


There's a good deal of violence for a PG-rated movie. The action includes mostly gun violence and a hand-to-hand brawl. A wild stallion tramples a man to death. Wealthy Alistair pays a group of men to harass Jim. After a dangerous leap down a mountain, a horse falters and dies. Alistair tries to kill Jim with a sword as if he was jousting. They have a fist fight and both men are seriously injured.


Insults and language (said out of anger) peppered throughout the movie include "damned," "dimwits," "bloody," "mongrel," "silver spoon," and "rich bastard."

Social Behavior

The sequel continues with the same themes as the original: that women deserve to be treated as capable and not as subservient to men; that marriage should not be based on class and status but love and friendship; and that a father's love should be unconditional.


Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

In a couple of scenes, men are shown drinking, usually heavily, in a tavern. Men also smoke in the saloon.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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