Jeremiah Johnson ()

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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... See more »


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Jeremiah Johnson
Bear Claw
Paints His Shirt Red (as Joaquin Martinez)
Crazy Woman
Del Gue
Richard Angarola ...
Chief Two-Tongues Lebeaux
Reverend Lindquist
Lieutenant Mulvey
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
James M. George ...
Indian (uncredited)
Qualen's Daughter (uncredited)

Directed by

Sydney Pollack

Written by

Vardis Fisher ... (novel "Mountain Man")
Raymond W. Thorp ... (story "Crow Killer") and
Robert Bunker ... (story "Crow Killer")
John Milius ... (screenplay) and
Edward Anhalt ... (screenplay)
David Rayfiel ... () (uncredited)

Produced by

John R. Coonan ... associate producer
Mike Moder ... associate producer
Joe Wizan ... producer

Music by

Tim McIntire
John Rubinstein

Cinematography by

Duke Callaghan ... director of photography

Film Editing by

Thomas Stanford

Editorial Department

Don Guidice ... assistant editor
Carol Ann Jackson ... assistant editor (as Carol Jackson)

Casting By

Lynn Stalmaster

Art Direction by

Ted Haworth

Set Decoration by

Ray Molyneaux ... (as Raymond Molyneaux)

Costume Design by

Wesley Jeffries ... (uncredited)

Makeup Department

Ken Chase ... makeup artist
Lynn Del Kail ... hair stylist
Gary Liddiard ... makeup artist

Production Management

John R. Coonan ... production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

Mike Moder ... assistant director / second unit director

Art Department

Alan Levine ... property master (as Allan Levine)
Bill Gold ... poster designer (uncredited)

Sound Department

Michael Colgan ... sound effects (as Mike Colgan)
Josef von Stroheim ... sound effects
Charles M. Wilborn ... sound (as Charles Wilborn)
Dan Wallin ... re-recording mixer (uncredited)


Rick Arnold ... stunts (uncredited)
Joe Canutt ... stunts (uncredited)
Tony Epper ... stunts (uncredited)
James M. George ... stunts (uncredited)
Walt La Rue ... stunts (uncredited)
Fred Lerner ... stunts (uncredited)
Dean Smith ... stunt double (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

Joseph Edesa ... gaffer (as Joe Edesa)
Ray De La Motte ... first assistant camera (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

James M. George ... wardrobe (uncredited)
Bernie Pollack ... costume supervisor (uncredited)

Music Department

Hoyt Bohannon ... musician: trombone (uncredited)
Ray Brown ... musician: bass (uncredited)
Larry Carlton ... musician: guitar (uncredited)
Buddy Childers ... musician: trumpet (uncredited)
Herman Clebanoff ... musician: violin (uncredited)
Norman Herzburg ... musician: flute (uncredited)
William Hinshaw ... musician: french horn (uncredited)
Artie Kane ... musician: keyboards (uncredited)
Milton Kestenbaum ... musician: bass (uncredited)
Manny Klein ... musician: trumpet (uncredited)
Gail Laughton ... musician: harp (uncredited)
Virginia Majewski ... musician: viola (uncredited)
Michael J. McDonald ... score remixer (uncredited)
Peter Mercurio ... musician: bass (uncredited)
Roy M. Rogosin ... conductor (uncredited)
Ethmer Roten ... musician: flute (uncredited)
John Rubinstein ... music arranger (uncredited)
Tony Terran ... musician: trumpet (uncredited)
Dan Wallin ... scoring mixer (uncredited)

Transportation Department

Frank 'Cat' Ballou ... transportation coordinator (uncredited)

Other crew

John Arlee ... technical advisor
Kenneth Lee ... livestock supervisor
Phill Norman ... title designer
Michael Britton ... production assistant (uncredited)
Ralph Helfer ... animal supervisor: Gentle Jungle [us] (uncredited)
Douglas W. Randall ... photo double (uncredited)
Ruth West ... auditor (uncredited)
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Plot Summary

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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Taglines A man of peace driven wild! See more »
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Additional Details

Also Known As
  • Crow Killer (United States)
  • The Mountain Man (United States)
  • Liver Eatin' Johnson (United States)
  • The Saga of Liver-Eating Johnson (United States)
  • Jeremies Johnson (Spain, Catalan title)
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  • 108 min
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Box Office

Budget $3,100,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

Trivia Based upon a real-life trapper named John Johnston, nicknamed "Crow Killer" and "Liver Eater Johnston" for his penchant for cutting out and eating the livers of Crow Indians he had killed (several Crows had murdered his wife and he swore vengeance against the entire tribe). See more »
Goofs The time period is around the 1830s, yet when Johnson is guiding the soldiers to rescue the civilians stuck in the snow, he asks the lieutenant in charge how "the war with the president of Mexico is going." The lieutenant says, "It's over." Johnson asks, "Who won?" The war with Mexico was from 1845 to 1847. The trade in beaver pelts was over by 1840. See more »
Movie Connections Edited into La classe américaine (1993). See more »
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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 horse, and traps, and other truck that went with being a mountain man, and said good-bye to whatever life was down there below.
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