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Jeremiah Johnson (1972)

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Critic Reviews: 3
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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,

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Western, Action & Adventure

Edward Anhalt

Oct 30, 1997

Warner Home Video

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Director Sydney Pollack has given a skilled, observant mounting as he carefully allows the man to grow in experience and knowhow.

May 26, 2008 Full Review Source: Variety
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A flawed but immensely appealing film.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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There are momoments of great beauty and terror and deeply earned pathos. There are as well such not-so-incidental pleasures as John Rubinstein's lovely and serviceable musical score, and a cast of excellent supporting actors.

May 9, 2005 Full Review Source: New York Times
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Pollack's attempts at myth-making yield the same results as his attempts at most anything else. Jeremiah Johnson is boring, overlong, and pointless.

January 6, 2010 Full Review Source: Film Freak Central | Comments (7)
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Beautifully photographed in the remote mountains of Utah.

June 3, 2008 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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Beautifully photographed in the wilds of Utah, this film unfortunately doesn't know when to stop; it feels consumed by a self-concious desire to be arty, and offers a treatment too cool for its subject matter.

May 26, 2008 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
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Pollack does right to put his faith in one man and a whole lot of mountains. The result is impressive.

May 26, 2008 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
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Like other films of the 1970s, Pollack's saga combines nostalgia and cynicism in equal measure, thus pleasing both right-wing and left-wing viewers, not to speak the delight of seeing Robert Redford at his most handsome in a cowboy attire.

August 10, 2006 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com | Comments (2)
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Gritty, gorgeously photographed mountain man tale.

October 15, 2004
Kansas City Kansan

Pollack and Redford collaborated successfully, their earnestness yielding some handsome, if over indulgent, movies such as this factually based adventure.

May 24, 2003 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

A very entertaining film that doesn't flinch about how tough life was for the early settlers.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
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Audience Reviews for Jeremiah Johnson

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April 9, 2007
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I don't understand. The ratings for this movie say that 90% of people like it, but the movie seemed to plod along too slowly for me.
August 29, 2013
Redlats

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Pollack and Redford's 1972 western is some kind of wonderful masterpiece. The bare bones plot involves a veteran of the Mexican War named Jeremiah Johnson who seeks to leave civilization behind and make a new life for himself as a mountain man. He struggles at first, but soon becomes a seasoned veteran who eventually comes to find his place in the world, even if it means enduring some great hardships and tough lessons along the way.

This is definitely a film both of its time, and way ahead of it, especially with the portrayal of Native Americans being very balanced, fair, and differentiating between the many types of tribes and cultures. Dances With Wolves did this too, but this one came first...it just didn't quite get the same amount of acclaim and exposure.

I loved how there's a lack of subtitles and how much of the film in general is told visually, forcing the viewer to focus on facial expressions and body language to pick up on what's going on. This is definitely a winning case of showing instead of telling.

And it's also pretty funny too, with much of the comic relief coming from Will Geer and Stefan Gierasch, who, along with Redford and the rest of the cast all deliver some top notch work. Now that I think about it, there's really not a whole lot wrong with it. The cinematography and location shooting are excellent and things look great, the music is decent, and this is one of those films that was made at a time when you could still make them like this and not have to worry about too much tinkering and interference.

Yeah, the film does become really formless and plot free at times, but I didn't mind that a whole lot since it really is more of a character study anyway. The film might not be for all tastes, but if you tend to enjoy revisionist westerns that are made with care, respect, and authenticity, then you'll find a lot to love here. Highly recommended. Solid A (to a near A+)
June 2, 2012
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Chris Weber

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A remnant of the late sixties culture that spawned the viewpoints here, here is western take on Robert Frost's road less traveled. More a character study than out and out shoot-'em-up, Pollack reasons that even if a man were to draw apart from the cares of civilization sooner or later that civilization - or another - would draw him out again. No man is an island. A decent piece of work.
April 5, 2011
ApeneckFletcher

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Movies Like Jeremiah Johnson

    1. Jeremiah Johnson: Yes.
    – Submitted by Seth O (20 months ago)
    1. Del Gue: Ain't this somethin'? I told my pap and mam I was going to be a mountain man; acted like they was gut-shot. 'Make your life go here, son. Here's where the people is. Them mountains is for Indians and wild men.' 'Mother Gue', I says 'the Rocky Mountains is the marrow of the world,' and by God, I was right. Keep your nose in the wind and your eye along the skyline.
    – Submitted by Don G (20 months ago)
    1. Bear Claws: Spring is slow in comin' this high.
    – Submitted by Don G (20 months ago)
    1. Del Gue: Mother Gue didn't raise no stupid children.
    – Submitted by Don G (20 months ago)
    1. Jeremiah Johnson: Look at that hawk. He's goin for the musselshell, aw hell, he's there already.
    – Submitted by Don G (20 months ago)
    1. Jeremiah Johnson: It'll do.
    – Submitted by Don G (20 months ago)
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