DVD 108 mins IMDB 7.3 (2,818 votes)
Jeremiah Johnson
Warner Brothers (1972)
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(2005 )
Adventure, Drama, Western
USA  /  English

Robert Redford Jeremiah Johnson
Will Geer Bear Claw Chris Lapp
Delle Bolton Swan
Josh Albee Caleb
Joaquín Martínez Paints His Shirt Red
Allyn Ann McLerie Crazy Woman
Stefan Gierasch Del Gue
Richard Angarola Flathead Chief Two-Tongues Lebeaux
Paul Benedict Rev. Lindquist
Charles Tyner Robidoux
Joaquin Martinez Paints His Shirt Red
Matt Clark Qualen
Harry Morgan Lebeaux
Danny Bonaduce
Jack Colvin Lt. Mulvey (3rd Cavalry)
Tanya Tucker Qualen's daughter (uncredited)

Director Sydney Pollack
Producer Joe Wizan
Writer Vardis Fisher; Raymond W. Thorp; Edward Anhalt; John Milius; Robert Bunker; David Rayfiel
Cinematography Duke Callaghan
Musician Tim McIntire; John Rubinstein
User Credit 1 Thomas Stanford
User Credit 2 Wesley Jeffries

Years before Kevin Costner danced with wolves, Robert Redford headed to the mountains to escape civilization in Sydney Pollack's wilderness western. Around 1850, ex-soldier Johnson (Redford) decides that he would rather live alone as a mountain man in Colorado than deal with society's constraints. After a series of setbacks, he meets grizzled mountain veteran Bear Claws (Will Geer), who teaches him how to survive. Jeremiah strives to live as peaceably as possible in the rugged environment, trading with the native Crow tribe, adopting a boy (Josh Albee) after his family is massacred, and even marrying the daughter (Delle Bolton) of a Flathead chief in order to avoid confrontation. He settles into a mountain home with his family, but the U.S. cavalry, complete with a puritanical Reverend, interrupt the idyll to compel Jeremiah to lead them over the mountains and through a Crow burial ground to rescue white settlers. After the Crow kill his family in retaliation, Jeremiah's frenzied moment of payback precipitates a long-running vendetta, turning him into a legendary Indian killer at the expense of his original ideals, on the way to a final moment of grace. Spectacularly shot on location in Utah, the film captures both the appeal and the challenge of the landscape that Jeremiah chooses over civilization. With an unglamorous performance by Redford and a story that questioned white colonialism while mythologizing the man of nature, Jeremiah Johnson appealed to its 1972 audience and became one of the biggest hits of the year. Wavering between heroicizing Jeremiah for surviving and damning him for killing, Jeremiah Johnson took its place among the Vietnam-era cycle of critical westerns, like Arthur Penn's Little Big Man (1970) and Robert Altman's McCabe and Mrs. Miller (1971), that condemned civilization for corrupting the wilderness and preventing individuals from going pacifistically native. — Lucia Bozzola

Edition Details
Barcode 085391106128
Region Region 1
Chapters 29
Release Date 9/14/2004
Packaging Snap Case
Screen Ratio Widescreen 2.35:1 Color
Subtitles English; French; Spanish
Audio Tracks ENGLISH: Dolby Digital 5.1 [CC]
FRENCH: Dolby Digital Mono
Layers Dual Side, Single Layer
No. of Disks/Tapes 1

Color Closed-captioned Dolby Widescreen
Personal Details
User Lookup 1 DVD Copy
User Text 2 His Mountain. His Peace. His Great Hunts. His Young Bride. With All That, It Should Have Been Different.
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Trivia: Trapper John Johnston's body was buried in the Veteran's Cemetery in Los Angeles. After the movie came out, his body was moved to the Rocky Mountains. Robert Redford attended the reinterment ceremony. (more)

Goofs: Continuity: Del Gue buried in the sand is at first soaked with perspiration. A minute later his head is almost dry. (more)

[Bear Claw is talking to Paints-his-Shirt in Crow]
Jeremiah Johnson: You understand what he's sayin'?
Bear Claw Chris Lapp: Paints-His-Shirt speaks English, he just does this to aggravate me.

Awards: 1 win & 1 nomination (more)