Harry & Snowman

2015

Biography / Documentary / Drama / Sport

Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 94% · 16 reviews
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 81% · 1K ratings
IMDb Rating 7.6/10 10 781 781

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Top cast

720p.BLU
760.66 MB
1280*720
English 2.0
NR
23.976 fps
1 hr 22 min
Seeds 16

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by paul-allaer 7 / 10

For the love and companionship between man and horse

"Harry & Snowman" (2015 release; 84 min.) is a documentary about horse rider Harry DeLeyer and his horse Snowman. As the movie opens, we are at "Nederland Farm" and present-day Harry DeLeyer, now well into his 80s, is teaching someone (his granddaughter?) about show jumping, while also telling stories. "Of all the horses I've had, Snowman was the most special". We then go back in time to his early years, growing up in the Netherlands and dealing with WWII at age 13. When he gets the opportunity to move to the US after WWII, he grabs it with both hands. At this time we are 10 min. into the movie.

Couple of comments: this is another documentary from writer-director Ron Davis, founder of Docutainment Films. Here Davis brings us the almost fairy tale-sounding but true story of a guy who immigrated to this country with nothing but the shirt on his back, and turned his love for horses into a career, The big break occurs when at an auction in Pennsylvania, he rescues this white horse for $80 when the horse was about to depart for the meat factory. That horse, Snowman, would become one of the most accomplished show jumping horses ever. But let's be clear: it's about much more than the competition, as impressive as that is: this is about the deep bond, yes love, and companionship between man and horse. It seems as though there wasn't a thing that Snowman wold do for Harry or Harry's family (8 kids). Ah yes, the kids, they are also interviewed extensively and from there we can appreciate the kids' awe for their dad, but also the huge shadow cast by dad's accomplishments. The documentary has an unbelievable amount of footage from the fifties and sixties and that makes the movie also a time machine to that era. Bottom line: this is a fine documentary that flies by in no time.

"Harry & Snowman" has been out for over a year, and this weekend it showed up out of the blue at my local art-house theater here in Cincinnati. The Friday evening screening where I saw this at was attended very nicely, somewhat to my surprise. I also notice a number of kids in the audience, and indeed this is the perfect movie to take kids to, in particular if they love horses. If you have a chance to check it out, be it in the theater, on Amazon Instant Video or eventually on DVD/Blu-ray, just do it. "Harry & Snowman" is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

Reviewed by PrescottFilmFest 9 / 10

Rags to riches horse story

Documentaries can be... well... a bit boring. This fact made Harry & Snowman that much more satisfying. Americans, and perhaps people around the world, love the idea of people being able to pull themselves up by their own bootstraps-- it gives us hope that we might do the same.

Putting aside the commercial success side of the story, the simple yet profound bond between this horse and his man is heartwarming. Without giving anything away, all I can say is that I was "hooked" about 20 minutes into the film.

You will not be disappointed. Moving from historical images and footage to current day interviews, the production quality, sound, and use of appropriate music combine for excellent storytelling.

Reviewed by mekjd 9 / 10

What Man, With Horse, Hath Wrought

This movie filled my heart. Anyone who knows me would never dream I would write such a declaration of joy. Yet for this movie, it is appropriate. We have here a man with the wisdom of years who came to adulthood under the duress of Hitler's aggression, whose family gave safe passage to Jews, and who came to the United States at the invitation of a family whose soldier son his family had buried.

But that is just the opening chapter! The adult life is spectacular, having as it centerpiece the improbable rescue of a workhorse who became a national champion jumper and cultural phenomenon.

And that is just the middle chapter! There is more. But I will say no more.

This movie served as such an antidote to the swirl of rancor that envelops our society. I intend to keep it on hand as a go-to for sustenance as the need may -- and no doubt, will -- arise.

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