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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.



(novel), (story "Crow Killer") | 3 more credits »
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Complete credited cast:
... Jeremiah Johnson
... Bear Claw
... Swan
... Caleb
... Paints His Shirt Red (as Joaquin Martinez)
... Crazy Woman
... Del Gue
Richard Angarola ... Chief Two-Tongues Lebeaux
... Reverend Lindquist
... Robidoux
... Lieutenant Mulvey
... Qualen


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

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some say he's dead...some say he never will be. See more »


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Release Date:

10 September 1972 (Sweden)  »

Also Known As:

Crow Killer  »

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Box Office


$3,100,000 (estimated)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


According to writer John Milius, he didn't get along with Robert Redford and Sydney Pollack and was fired. Milius claimed that subsequent writers couldn't write as he did, and the only one who made a contribution to the script was Edward Anhalt. After Anhalt left the project, Pollack and Redford rehired Milius to finish the film. See more »


When first showing Johnson setting or checking a trap, you can clearly see the "V" logo on the pan of the trap, meaning this was a Victor-brand trap (widely used in the 1960s and 70s during the fur trapping boom of that period). Victor traps were not in existence during the setting of this movie. See more »


[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 ...
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" You've done well to Keep your hair, when so many's after it "
21 August 2007 | by See all my reviews

There are many films which personify the era of the Mountain Man. This is perhaps one of the best. The reason why it is at the top of the list, is due in part to director Sydney Pollack's selection of natural wonders, majestic scenery and simplistic storyline. The movie tells the story of Jeremiah Johnson (Robert Redford) a veteran of the Mexican American war who decides to journey into the High Alpine Rockies to become a Mountain Man. Based very loosely on the novel by Vardis Fisher, the hero seeks the life of a trapper which offers Solace, wild adventure, aboriginal encounters and a chance for legendary exploits. During the first years of his experience, Johnson is befriended and threatened by both Native Americans and crazed mountain veterans who teach him and endanger him as well. Among the best is 'Bear Claw, Chris Lapp' (Will Geer), 'Paints His Shirt Red' (Joaquin Martinez) and Del Gue (Stefan Gierasch). (Delle Bolton) plays Swan and Josh Albee) is Caleb who become part of an instant family. The film is quite picturesque in its beautiful seasonal settings and entertaining to anyone seeking a chapter in the bygone era of a vanished breed. ****

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