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Harry & Snowman

Harry & Snowman is a movie starring Harry DeLeyer, Harriet DeLeyer, and Andre DeLeyer. The story of immigrant Harry DeLeyer and the plow horse he rescued from slaughter.

Running Time
1 hours 24 minutes
Quality
480p, 720p, 1080p, 2K, 4K
Genres
Sport, Drama, Documentary, Biography
Director
Ron Davis
Writer
Ron Davis
Actors
Harry DeLeyer, Andre DeLeyer, Marty DeLeyer, Harriet DeLeyer
Country
USA
Year
2015
Audio Languages
English, Deutsch, Français, Italiano, Español, Svenska, Gaeilge, Nederlands
Subtitles
日本語, Čeština, Tiếng Việt, Português, 한국어, Australia, Filipino, हिन्दी

Dutch immigrant, Harry deLeyer, journeyed to the United States after World War II and developed a transformative relationship with a broken down Amish plow horse he rescued off a slaughter truck bound for the glue factory. Harry paid eighty dollars for the horse and named him Snowman. In less than two years, Harry & Snowman went on to win the triple crown of show jumping, beating the nations blue bloods and they became famous and traveled around the world together. Their chance meeting at a Pennsylvania horse auction saved them both and crafted a friendship that lasted a lifetime. Eighty-six year old Harry tells their Cinderella love story firsthand, as he continues to train on today's show jumping circuit.

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Marie

This film is of interest primarily as an example of how a talented film maker (specifically Tommy Lee Jones) can be employed to make a documentary. This film is not intended as a documentary or a summary of any public policy debate. However, it does show that success for someone in a career that involves film making is all about carefully balancing personal ambition with the values of a documentary. However, this is not always easy in a career of education. Rather than comment on the film itself I will just comment on the educational benefits that might be gained from watching the film. Not that I believe that the film has the power to alter public policy. I just feel that it is interesting to consider what the educational benefits might be in doing something educational.

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Charles P.

John Lennon and Yoko Ono made the legendary "Five Year Plan" on January 30, 1967. In 1978, John Lennon's mother and Yoko Ono's father passed away, and the plan was put on hold for over a decade. This documentary details the last day John and Yoko met in New York City on their 45th wedding anniversary. They kept the plan alive even though they didn't talk to each other for two years. John stayed busy during this time but was beginning to lose interest in his work and Yoko continued on the same path. When they reunited, it was like two different worlds in their eyes. They had nothing to be nostalgic about, so they discussed the famous "Five Year Plan" in an affectionate, and emotional way. When Yoko was preparing to leave the United States, John told her that he was going to New York City to see a book signing in a bookstore. The next day, he was at the bookstore with Yoko. The three of them sat together on the bench in front of the building and talked about the plan for the next three years. They talked about the hardships and the similarities of their lives, and they learned a great deal about life. They talked about the relationship between John and Yoko as a mother and a daughter, and their experiences on a day-to-day basis as it related to the "Five Year Plan." When they finished, they both walked out of the store and began their long walks down the street to meet up with Yoko. John and Yoko then started the "Five Year Plan," and on April 6, 1969, they met up at the subway station and went to the show at Madison Square Garden. Yoko announced her retirement from recording music and she said, "It's just a job. The little I do, I make a little money. That's all I can do." On July 9, 1969, Yoko and John Lennon celebrated their 60th anniversary. They traveled to London and discussed their life in general, and what would happen after they became partners. At the same time, they also discussed what would happen to the "Five Year Plan," and when they met up in Hamburg, Germany, Yoko said that she felt like she was in her 60s and John said that he felt as if he was 60. John said that he planned to release the "Five Year Plan" on December 15, 1969, and he stated that he intended to make a small recording session with Yoko before his departure. The two of them were in Hamburg, Germany, on the day of the 25th anniversary of the birth of John Lennon, and at that time, they listened to

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James Cox

I only saw this movie once, back in high school. I've always wanted to watch it, but for some reason never did. I'm glad I finally decided to watch it. I would have liked to see the on-stage stuff, but I was still a little skeptical at first, since I didn't understand the title (for the most part). I also remember thinking this was going to be about Von Strahl, and I just knew I was going to be disappointed. But, what I really want to say is that I don't think this was really about the historic epic of snowboarding, and I think it actually was about the relationship between the four main characters. They really had a lot of things in common, in my opinion. If you are interested in this movie and want to know more about it, I'd suggest watching the documentary, as it gives a better understanding of how they lived and how it affected them. It also tells you that snowboarding was the first sport of four, and that they could not live without each other. Plus, it helps you understand the different personalities that each of them had and that it affected their personal lives. The music was not that great, but the production and the acting were solid. I would also like to mention that the director of this film, Malcolm Low, did a great job on this. He really did a great job in building the atmosphere, as well as the characters and the story. Overall, I give this movie an 8/10.

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Jennifer R.

For me, I wasn't sure about this movie. However, I must admit that I did watch it and I was pleasantly surprised. I don't know how many people would like this movie. I do not know if this was because of the original or not, but this movie is not the plot of the original. I also think that it is more of a documentary rather than a movie. I really liked the fact that it showed the things about Alex that are not seen in the trailer. For example, how he was obsessed with the bag with the gold teeth and it was his dream to have a life like that. I also liked the fact that it showed Alex from a young age in a way that showed his struggle. The musical score was very good as well, it added to the whole feeling that the movie has. As I said before, I don't think this was the plot of the original. I think that it is a documentary about Alex and his experience from a young age.

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Russell W.

The Snowman, a 39-year-old Korean snow leopard who was left behind after his mother was killed in a car accident in South Korea. The reason why he ended up in the small Japanese village, was to bring back some of his mother's milk for his four children. To this day, The Snowman, was accidentally dumped into the river and has been trying to get to the same location where his mother was supposed to have been. Of course, he has some difficulties, but he is determined to get to her. I feel this movie was very well made and very worth a watch. What a good story, good actors, and a great direction. The director is Nobuaki Ishii, and I can see him as one of the biggest things to watch in the future. The Snowman is a great story to watch, I recommend it to anyone. 8/10

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Mary Murphy

This film was great for many reasons. It is absolutely fascinating to watch. This film is so captivating because it's narrative is so exciting, exciting. It's about the struggles of a boxer who was so angry and frustrated. The movies is filled with such quotes and battles. This film is definitely different from other boxing documentaries, because it's not just about fighting and boxing. It's about life. It's about passion. It's about these fascinating people who were in such a tiny town in India. The movie also is based on actual events. The film really works on a number of levels. One is it's the following of the documentary of the boxer. Another is how so many of these people were physically poor, yet so passionate about their sport. They make it so interesting because they're so different from the people who go and compete in these sports. A great film.

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Jeremy

In an age of mindless superhero films, this documentary is a heart-warming tribute to the unheralded mountain climbers who have devoted their lives to such a challenging undertaking. By breaking it down into segments, it's easy to identify the athlete's "title" and "streak," but it's also rewarding to see the experience from the point-of-view of the people who led the climb and are ultimately the subject of the film. And for those of us who follow the sport, it's great to see the personal stories of the players and teams. I also really enjoyed the work of Joe Doss, the filmmaker, who put together a number of other local documentaries (both for filmmakers and readers) in an attempt to document the "things you don't see." Of course, there are serious restrictions on what you can include in a feature film, and that includes no women or young kids, so this movie will appeal to fans of the sport, the media, and anyone who enjoys documentaries.

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Roger Newman

Well-done and thought-provoking documentary of the first White Walker crusade against the Greek colony of Egypt in the 2nd century. "The Walker" myth lives on as a painful struggle between the Greeks and the black Africans who are the real victims in this story. Alexander (Alex Seshi, whose Oscar-nominated performance in this film earned him the respect of many as well) is shown as a man haunted by the ordeal of battle and the memory of the two young wives he lost to the rebellion. Despite the obstacles that faced him, Alexander remains loyal to his people and to the true democracy that he came to champion, despite his demeaning treatment by his Greek generals. In one of the most heart-wrenching moments, the young Alexander, still haunted by his own broken heart, bids his wounded horse to go back to his father in Thebes. The horse refuses, and Alexander has to leave him behind. The horse never had any intention of deserting, and after he departs, Alexander simply walks back into the camp of his beloved father. "The Walker" brings out the power of Alexander's true character as a man of principles. Some reviewers complained that the documentary did not adequately deal with the part played by the Greeks against the Egyptian Arabs. There is a certain lack of common sense to this criticism. The Greeks were the ones who initiated the crusade in the first place, and it was precisely because of the Greeks' power and determination that Alexander fought with such vigor and perseverance against the European powers in the first place. A film on the subject should clearly convey the historical reality behind Alexander's actions and achievements. The Greek war against the Arabs in the first century B.C. is presented in a way that is riveting and truly enlightening. David McClory does a marvelous job of telling the story of this Greek legend and how Alexander contributed to it.

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Nancy P.

With the above mentioned perks aside, it is a pity that Snowman is hardly the greatest documentary ever. A documentary based on an interview of multiple athletes is bound to have bias and be full of the usual obligatory crap that all documentaries are prone to. It doesn't, of course, do so here. The problem is with the subject. Even though it's tough to deny the evidence that Snowman is far better researched and much more thorough than Snow, in the long run, that's where the originality ends. The film spends far too much time talking about the athlete and, while I agree that there's a lot of life lessons in the real-life quotes, the film misses the opportunity to do a thorough interview with him. It's a shame, because we could've learned something. However, if there's one thing that doesn't detract from this documentary, it's the inane music that seems to be playing when we have the chance to interview famous athletes. I felt the very music could've been replaced with something that had an old school feel to it. To be honest, I would've liked to hear the actual music from the actual people instead of the generic soundtrack we have in this documentary. It just wasn't done well. Overall, a good documentary, but I think it could have been so much better. Snowman is a good idea with enough substance, but it just doesn't deliver the meat it was meant to.

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Christian Boyd

It was interesting and makes you think that people will do what they think is right even if it is wrong. We are all selfish and forget that everyone has a right to life. Kids need to learn that and there needs to be better parental supervision to protect them from those who want to kill them. The movie was told from the point of view of a small boy, the dad and the daughter. The dad's side of the story was told from his perspective. The dad did what he believed to be right, the daughter felt sorry for him and tried to understand what happened. This is the type of movie that encourages empathy. But then, there is a very important point to the movie, which shows the point of view of what some people are capable of doing. If you look into that it makes you realize that people are capable of everything they want.

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Carol Romero

I had the opportunity to see this movie on DVD, and I enjoyed it very much, but have to say that the directors missed some very interesting opportunities with the story. They just could have made the story more interesting. Maybe they could have chosen to focus on some of the more interesting aspects of the story instead of ignoring the many serious ones. Also, the director misses an opportunity to show some the life of the people who live in the valley where the movie was filmed. To some extent the director makes a lot of things clear (namely the following. David Copperfield was the writer of the book, and it's clear that he also wrote the movie), but it could have been shown that these things were all really long-time friends, who knew each other forever. One of the best things about the movie is that it shows the endless possibilities that exist in the human spirit, and shows how great the human spirit is.

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Brian M.

If you want a documentary about snowboarding then watch this. It is a look inside the world of snowboarding and the struggles that take place in the mountains. If you want a straight up documentary on snowboarding then don't watch it. It's not even a documentary, it's a story of a snowboarder. This is the version of the story that I like better. That's just how I feel about the film. If you are a snowboarder or a sports fan then this is a must see. The footage is fascinating and will make you think. Even if you're not a snowboarder, watch it. You will find yourself relating to the film.

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Beverly W.

First of all, I don't know if people were aware of the documentary until this year or last year. So i wasn't paying much attention to this movie. But i was surprised to see how beautiful it is and how profound the director was. It's about how different races of the world try to express their differences through music, literature and art. Some of the things were cool: Japanese culture and love, Great art show of Britain, and some comments from the apartheid-era Britain about music. But i think the most touching moments were the photos from the African-American community and the beautiful country of Ethiopia, and that's what really touches me. That's why i think this movie is something different from other movies. It's not only about the passion of music, but the cultural differences and the love between the two races. For example, some people found it disturbing that the white people shot the African-Americans. Because then they would have been judged the same as the Germans, and therefore would have had the same rights as them. I think that the African-American community is a little more mature than the German and others. But there are some lines in the movie that really made me laugh. But at the same time, the director and the actors are so sincere, that it's still touching. Of course, there is a lot of racism, hatred and even murder among the African-Americans, but you can feel that people want to show there love to each other. If you have a white person in your family, or you have a black friend or family, this movie will remind you of how you can't change people. It will be difficult, but you can do it, as we all know from our own family. And if you are a German, you will find a lot of insights in this movie. I think that the German is an honest and beautiful person. But we can do something to improve our race, and that's why i believe that this movie is a must see for everyone, even if you are a German.

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Gregory W.

The True Story of Jacques Demy as the World's Greatest Snowboarder and his Personal Search for the Courage and the Courage to Stand Up and Say "No". With a breathtaking Life in the Story, a Professional Life and then His Challenge to Tell the Story and to take the Stand. I still to this day have trouble keeping my feet through these 'bounce off the chair' moments, yet for the most part i will not let them bother me, This documentary is an excellent work. For those who would like to see more of Jacques Demy and his life, this documentary is just as good a place to start. I will be buying this documentary on DVD for years to come. There are many more things I would like to say about this documentary, but that would take up most of my time, for now I will have to just say that this film is great!

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Nicholas Ruiz

'Nothing moves like a snowstorm'. But, most likely to see any new snowstorm, be prepared to get lost in the mountains. When the cinematic world was blown up by Tarantino's magnum opus, 'Kill Bill' in the early 90's, with its anti-heroes in black and white, the man's thirst for stylish imagery and music-the unstoppable songs 'In a Land of Dreams' and 'Hugo' were dubbed, by people with ADD. His pal David Lynch pushed that button with 'Blue Velvet', and his latest film 'Everything'. The most innovative use of music in a film has been established by Frank Oz, the King of showbiz, although 'everything' is the title's official story of a cold and rainy winter. 'Everything' was a banner year for Oz in both short and long-term work. His epic 'The Wizard of Oz' movie had been a major smash, but Oz was also coming up with a rival to his success: 'Zack and Miri Make a Porno', the pornographic film version of the story of Oz's world and Dorothy. Oz's lavish costumes, his unbelievably breathtaking soundtrack and special effects for this film were enormous, but it was the music that truly made it. Oz's 'everything' was the soundtrack for the film, and 'everything' is the theme song for Oz. It's a beautiful theme song. A simple tune and a simple song, but in Oz's world, it's life. But it is as simple as Oz sees it. Like a well made puzzle, Oz's people have many faces, but each face represents different facets of what is Oz, and with so many faces, how can one person be certain that they know what is the story's Oz? In Oz's world, there is no one way. People wear many masks, but the true Oz is the one who sees them all. 'Everything' begins by telling the story of a group of friends, who are famous for their kindness, and their joke-telling. Their lives are not very easy, but they never put it down to a joke. But a few years later, a man named Frank (Mark Duplass) who was in love with Daisy (Jena Malone), and who was also the father of Frank's children, decides to stay with his son, Jack (Jay Mohr), in the mountains of central Wyoming. There, he falls in love with Daisy, and in the mountains, she sees her whole world. It is as if Oz sees her full world. But it is not all life, for the facts that Frank comes with many questions. Frank is a poet. He is a

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Adam H.

The movie tells the story of Michael J. Fox's fight to win his son back, a battle that began when Fox began a personal journey to settle the score with their arch rival, Snowman. Although the film covers the way this all began, it's not really about that part. Rather, it's about Michael's fight to create something that he has never had, for his son and himself. At first, the story seemed to be boring, with Michael and his ex-wife (Amanda Peet) hocking all their belongings and moving to a remote mountain town. Fox doesn't speak a word throughout the film, even when things are changing, which is an oddity for a documentary. It's almost as if Michael is asleep. The film does not have much of a script. It just seems to flow nicely, almost documentary-like. It shows Fox and his father (a Dr. Phil doctor) fighting for their son and the fight is well-paced and thought-provoking. It's an interesting look into a strange part of life, and the film manages to make us look past the usual street-corny humor and into a world where family is very important. Michael J. Fox seems to be very well-adjusted, and he seems to be having fun, at least when he's not on-screen. There's no real doubt that Michael feels good about the entire thing. During the course of the film, he talks about his son and how the good things he has for him, but not how he felt about his brother and his father. Throughout the film, he constantly talks about family, which is the biggest surprise of the movie. Fox has never been a particularly positive person. His family has always been something that he hates, and he's never had a close relationship with them. As the father in this film, it's hard to tell whether he is good or bad. The father often has a hard time keeping up with his son's private life, and he also seems to have a hard time separating himself from his old partner. We never really see him very actively in the gym or at the gym, and he is always accompanied by someone. He also seems to be an incredibly jealous man, constantly chasing after someone or something, whether or not he's the person he thinks he is. Most of the family hates Michael, especially his brother, and even the father seems to be angry with him. It's a bizarre scene, and he is usually in control. However, Michael isn't always like that, and he frequently talks about how his brother, his brother's father, is a good father, that he will protect his son, and that

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Linda G.

It is a great story. Great Documentary and it focuses on the only hard cases where truly close call and resolution is possible.

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Lisa B.

Watched this movie on Saturday night. I thought it was a good introduction to the Petit family's legacy. It was good to know that they had lost their children in the death of their dog, Snowman, in 2007. It was a heartbreaking and emotional film. Their struggles with money problems (which many people have in this situation) was portrayed well. The fact that they were told the dog died in a fight was not shown in the movie, but showed in many media reports. Most of the people involved with the racing and dog racing were interviewed. I found that they not only lost their dog, but lost their entire family. I think that they just wanted to make a decent film to show that no matter what, when you lose your dog, the damage done cannot be undone.

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Christopher Green

I had the privilege of seeing this film at the TIFF screening in Toronto, in which it won the film and TV documentary category. The film was directed by Dick York who also had the distinction of winning a BAFTA for best documentary. It focuses on Mike Mulvay, a professional skier, who's a father of two teenage daughters and is in a bit of a rut. He has a boring and underfunded life and seems to have lost interest in his skiing. He has a rare genetic mutation that makes his skin turn into rubber, and, after he loses his family, he becomes unemployed. During his three years on unemployment, Mulvay's wife and daughter have decided to go away on holiday to Mexico. While their trip is arranged by Mulvay, his wife refuses to come back. It is a series of bad days that Mulvay starts to wonder why his wife has decided to leave him. It's all based on a real person, Mike Mulvay. We get into his mind and his problems, and how he copes with his joblessness. We learn about the high mountains in Mexico, and the importance of family. We also get to know the Ski Strapers Association, which have a strong influence on the film. It's a wonderful film and I would definitely recommend it to anyone who is interested in sports documentary.

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Karen

My (predominantly female) enjoyment of this documentary was twofold - first and foremost, I could relate to the first-person shooting from the animals. Second, I felt a bit embarrassed for the man who brought it to a wider audience. So here's my assessment - The man, Jason Sutherlin, who for most of this documentary was filmed from the outside, becomes his "subject" in the "reality" of the film - which seems to be being rescued by a strong companion. I thought this whole film could have been re-titled 'Is There a Monster in My House?' The question may well be - as the documentary title suggests, who is this man, what do we know about him, what do we feel about his behaviour, why is this behaviour important? More importantly, what is the answer to these questions? The answer for me was some kind of personal redemption, either in the person - or perhaps in the nature of the man - who played him. This will come as no surprise to those who've read any of my reviews - I'm not against animal cruelty - but I'm anti-human animal cruelty. This was a fascinating look into the man's journey through an attempt to save his cat and its kittens from the pits of hell. A lot of great material was used to illustrate the point. To me, the true story was his redemption - if you believe, that's the tale for you. It's not an "animal film", I think. It's a portrait of a man trying to save his cat. It will be interesting to hear what the world thinks about the entire incident - not that I'm saying I didn't like it, I just don't think it's "the story for us" it should be.

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Sara O.

The documentary explores some of the emotional turmoil that a mother may have going through the grieving process of losing a child. The film shows some striking footage of the plight of a baby who was born with a hole in its chest and who spent the remainder of his life in a coma. I think the raw footage from the hospital where the baby was born was very powerful, and the film shows the true story of the mother's life, the good that has come out of it, and the heartache of losing a child, and the good that still comes out of it. It goes into some detail about her childhood, her marriage, and her problems with her mother. It touches on the causes of a miscarriage, the attitudes of doctors toward the matter, the interview with a man who loses his child, and the struggles of a mother and a husband. I think the film did a good job of showing the family's struggle and the grieving process. I think it is a great documentary and I recommend it to anyone who wants to see a raw account of a mother's life. It is a real eye opener.

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Albert

Few of the scenes of violent death can escape the pity factor. So you will feel guilty watching these people get run over and killed in tragic, but strangely humorous, ways. The people who shot the videos would be no more saviour of the human race than the people who pumped these videos up to a zillion dollars. This documentary begins with a 20 minute long "forgotten" war report on Iraq's role in the Gulf War. These findings are swept under the rug. The Director cuts between interviews with a history professor, Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans, and second degree war-witnesses who point fingers at the government. (The men and women who made these videos - why were they there?) A 2004 investigation by the BBC found that the videos were not only grainy, but also copied by third parties from existing footage, and some could be impossible to distinguish. That footage was removed from the final cut of the series. Some of the women interviewed are unable to explain how their lives were affected. People still have no idea what they did to deserve to die in war. To the casual viewer, the only things that a videographer would want to do is make a killing, and see the freedom of the American flag in action. The film becomes very topical as a result. These women, their stories, their love of their country, and the kindness of strangers. It all sounds very appealing. But it's much more than that. It's an interesting look at the history of the film. And it shows that the American public are just as racist as those men and women responsible for killing these people. There is no sense of irony about it. Watch the film, and just imagine it in your mind. This is the kind of film you need to have in order to understand this most horrifying war.