Jeremiah Johnson (1972)
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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,
May 12, 1972 Wide
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.
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.
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.
Pollack does right to put his faith in one man and a whole lot of mountains. The result is impressive.
Gritty, gorgeously photographed mountain man tale.
Pollack and Redford collaborated successfully, their earnestness yielding some handsome, if over indulgent, movies such as this factually based adventure.
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- Jeremiah Johnson: Yes.
- 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.
- Bear Claws: Spring is slow in comin' this high.
- Del Gue: Mother Gue didn't raise no stupid children.
- Jeremiah Johnson: Look at that hawk. He's goin for the musselshell, aw hell, he's there already.
- Jeremiah Johnson: It'll do.
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