HAMMER OVER THE ANVIL (1991) is a little-known Austrailian film that came to prominance ten years after its release when an Internet fansite posted information that it contained a Russell Crowe nude scene. Luckily, for people who are seeking out the film for this purpose, the naked horseback scene is the first thing in the film. Those who want to stick around for the rest of the movie will be treated to a fairly enjoyable coming-of-age story.
The film is told through the eyes of young crippled Alan Marshall (Alexander Outhred), who idolizes East Driscoll (Crowe), the local horse breaker. Alan wishes to overcome his polio and ride a horse. However, Alan learns that East is having an affair with one of Alan's married friends, Grace McAlister (Charlotte Rampling) the plot thickens...
I thought this was a pretty decent "rites of passage" type of film, although it was a bit melodramatic at times. It is directed well and the acting (and casting) is superb. You'll see better movies this year, and you'll see worse... but HAMMERS OVER THE ANVIL is definitely worth watching.