The Man from Snowy River

Continuity mistake: When Jessica has gone over the cliff in the dark we can see that she is wet, dirty and her hair is plastered to her head and is under her collar. The shot changes to show how precarious her place is on the side of the cliff. However, in this shot, the stuntperson's hair is quite dry and over the collar. Also noticeable is the change in shape of the rock. When she falls at night, she falls onto a very flat and rock - in the morning, it is a different shape entirely.

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Continuity mistake: Near the end of the movie when Jim is tying Bess to the back of the cart, it shows his horse. The horse has sweat patterns on him but no lather on his face. In the next scene when Jim mounts his horse, the horse is drenched in sweat and has flecks of lather all over his face and nose. The following scene as Spur drives away, the lather on the horses face disappears.

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Revealing mistake: Throughout the film and specifically near the end after Jim has reclaimed Bess and the colt, there are visible horseshoes on the supposedly "wild" horses. While there would logically be a number of abandoned and escaped horses among the herd at any one time, those who joined them in a shod condition would not remain so very long in rugged country. Those born into the wild would never have worn shoes. Reason dictates there would be very few if any horses remaining shod at any one time.

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Trivia: After all the men have gone off in search of the horse, Spur is left behind at Harrison's homestead to flirt with Mrs. Bailey. He playfully chases her around the kitchen table and in so doing passes a platter of chicken. Without pausing, Spur sweeps down, grabs a chunk and takes a ravenous bite, then continues his lap around the table. As he approaches the camera on the near side, he starts to speak and a small chunk of chicken is shot from his mouth directly in to his up swinging hand. He then places his hand on the table to deposit the chunk of chicken.

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New this week Question: How did they make Kirk Douglas have a peg leg? How was he able to walk that way?

New today Answer: This movie predates the more advanced CGI that would be used these days. In older films, actors portraying an amputee would have their leg (or arm) bent back and strapped to their upper limb and a prosthetic peg leg attacked to the lower appendage. They are also filmed from strategic vantage points so the bent part of the limb doesn't show. When Douglas is seen driving a wagon, the seat was probably constructed so that his lower leg fit into a hidden compartment and the peg leg was attached on top to be visible. Douglas also wore rather baggy pants, and that would help conceal his bent leg.

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