A mountain man who wishes to live the life of a hermit becomes the unwilling object of a long vendetta by the Crow tribe and proves to be a match for their warriors in single 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
The rescue party tells Johnson they have been watched all the way from the Gila River. The Gila is 400 miles south of the Colorado border. 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... you couldn't go no better. Bought him a good ...
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DVD release restores the overture and the exit music which were deleted from the VHS releases. See more »
This has been reported to be Redford's personal favorite of his films. Treat yourself and watch it. I'm a sucker for a film that has Indians like this (Black Robe, Little Big Man, Last of the Mohicans).
Will Geer is great and so are the rest of the cast. Redford says little but conveys much.
I read that Pauline Kael says that the final shot is Jeremiah "giving the finger" to the crow. I thought it was defiant but also a show of respect and not an insult. ...and some folks say...he's up there still
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