7.6/10
23,426
123 user 34 critic

Jeremiah Johnson (1972)

A mountain man who wishes to live the life of a hermit becomes the unwilling object of a long vendetta by Indians, and proves to be a match for their warriors in one-on-one combat on the early frontier.

Director:

Writers:

(novel), (story "Crow Killer") | 3 more credits »
Reviews
Popularity
3,893 ( 1,045)

Watch Now

From $2.99 (SD) on Amazon Video

ON DISC
1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
...
...
...
...
...
Paints His Shirt Red (as Joaquin Martinez)
...
...
Richard Angarola ...
Chief Two-Tongues Lebeaux
...
...
...
...
Edit

Storyline

During the mid-nineteenth century, Jeremiah Johnson, after a stint in the US Army, decides that he would prefer a life of solitude and more importantly peace by living with nature in the mountains of the frontier of the American west. This plan entails finding a piece of land upon which to build a house. This quest ends up being not quite what he envisioned as he does require the assistance of others to find his footing, and in turn he amasses friends and acquaintances along the way, some who become more a part of his life than he would have imagined. Perhaps most importantly, some of those people provide him with the knowledge of how to co-exist with some of the many Indian tribes, most importantly the Crow, on whose land in Colorado Jeremiah ultimately decides to build his home. But an act by Jeremiah upon a request by the US Cavalry leads to a chain of events that may forever change the peaceful relationship he worked so hard to achieve with his neighbors and their land. Written by Huggo

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

A man of peace driven wild! See more »


Certificate:

GP | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

| |

Release Date:

10 September 1972 (Sweden)  »

Also Known As:

Crow Killer  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Edit

Box Office

Budget:

$3,100,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$47,742,000
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (long)

Sound Mix:

(70 mm prints)| (35 mm prints)|

Color:

(Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Not until the very end of shooting the picture did director Sydney Pollack decide the fate of what would happen to Jeremiah Johnson (Robert Redford) at the end of the film, though in reality, Redford decided. See more »

Goofs

When he runs into Del Gue late in the movie Johnson tells Del that he may head to Canada. In the 1830's? the country of Canada was not yet formed, and while there was a region with the name it was far to the east of the Crow and Flathead territories. The territory Johnson was most likely referring to would be Rupert's Land or possibly the territory of British Columbia, those would be the non US territories closest to the Crow Nation. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Narrator: His name was Jeremiah Johnson, and they say he wanted to be a mountain man. The story goes that he was a man of proper wit and adventurous spirit, suited to the mountains. Nobody knows whereabouts he come from and don't seem to matter much. He was a young man and ghosty stories about the tall hills didn't scare him none. He was looking for a Hawken gun, .50 caliber or better. He settled for a .30, but damn, it was a genuine Hawken, and you couldn't go no better. Bought him a good ...
See more »

Connections

Referenced in Tales from the Warner Bros. Lot (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

An Indian Says
(uncredited)
Written by John Rubinstein,Tim McIntire
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

 
Chronicle of life of an adventurer with great sense of humanness and good feeling
27 July 2011 | by See all my reviews

This extraordinary Western results to be a slice of life about a hermit man and a hostile environment .The picture narrates the odyssey of an adventurer that one time dreary of civilization goes to Rocky Mountains becoming into mountain man , a young who is part of the wildlife of the landscape.He early develops his senses from his first feeble and failed attempts at survival to an expert hunter who shoots efficiently his preys and turning into an exciting new myth , the great Jeremiah Johnson . When he trespasses holy land is continuously pursued by Indians and vice versa, because he seeks vengeance , going on a relentless chase. Meanwhile the Indians attack his farm. Crow Indians set out to track down the mountain man on savage raids until an inconclusive final .

Solid western with interesting events , violent fights , emotions , thrills and spectacular outdoors . From the initiation until the final are proceeded continuous battles against nature and a survival fighting versus wintry wilderness , enemy trappers and savage Indians, among others . The story is a crossover of various films, the battle against nature of ¨Man of a wilderness land¨ and Indians as ¨ Man called horse ¨ and the obstinacy and stubbornness of relentless enemies who fight with no rest such as ¨The duelists¨. The magnificent cast is starred by an excellent Robert Redford , a simple man who has no taste for cities and becomes a tough and two fisted mountain man obsessed a bloody revenge . Supporting cast is featured by various actors in brief performances as Jack Colvin , Matt Clark , Charles Tyner and special mention to Will Geer as feisty old trapper . Splendid cinematography in Panavision and glimmer Technicolor by Duke Callagham as is reflected on spectacular outdoors filmed in sighting, rousing natural parks from Rocky Mountains. Lively and evocative musical score by usual secondary actor John Rubinstein and beautiful songs by also actor Tim McIntire . The motion picture is stunningly directed by the recently deceased Sidney Pollack (Yazuka, Three days of the condor, Way we were, Out of Africa). Rating : Better than average . This outstanding film will appeal to Robert Redford fans and landscape lovers .


16 of 25 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 123 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page