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.
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
Many of the locations for the film were shot on or near Robert Redford's property in Utah (he owned approximately 600 acres there at the time), although some locations were as much as 600 miles away. See more »
When Jeremiah Johnson first finds Hatchet Jack's frozen body holding the .50 caliber Hawkens, the gun is held with the barrel tilted slightly upward. In subsequent shots, the angle of the rifle barrel changes several times to slightly different downward- or upward-tilting angles, never the same twice. See more »
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 ...
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Jeremiah Johnson is made in the mold of what movies should be. In an era of blockbusters and CGI graphics it's nice to see a movie that gets back to basics. Jeremiah is an ex army man who moves to the Rockies to start over. He starts out as a novice in the ways of the woods. With the help of Will Geer (Grandpa Walton) Jeremiah forges himself a place in the wild. The ending is kind of sad but I won't go into any details. This movie doesn't go into great detail about his subsequent rampage on the local Indian population. But if I wanted a documentary then I would watch the history channel. Anyway Jeremiah Johnson is a great movie to watch on a cold night when the wind is blowing and it's good to be inside. For a good adventure Jeremiah Johnson is one to watch again and again.
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