Jeremiah Johnson

Jeremiah Johnson

Sydney Pollack (1972)

PG Certificate


Our Score
It was a bold move - some might say foolhardy - for heart-throb Robert Redford to hide his features behind a full set of whiskers for his portrayal of a 19th-century mountain man. Based on real-life trapper John Johnston (previously John Garrison, accounts of whose life informed the screenplay), Jeremiah is a disillusioned army deserter who takes to the wilds of Colorado in the 1840s in the name of self-sufficiency and solitude. He adopts a family at one point, which precipitates a violent last act. Sydney Pollack's admirable film is a meditative portrait, majestically shot on location in Utah, that eschews commercial hooks for a deeper look at man versus nature and, eventually, man versus man. Lacking in both action and dialogue, certainly, but look at that view.


A former soldier living a solitary life in the Rocky Mountains is persuaded by US Army troops to help them find a stranded wagon train. He reluctantly guides the soldiers across a sacred burial ground, an action that violates a tribal taboo and will lead to tragedy in his life. Western, starring Robert Redford, Stefan Gierasch and Will Geer.

Cast & Crew

Jeremiah Johnson Robert Redford
Del Gue Stefan Gierasch
Bear Claw Will Geer
Crazy woman Allyn Ann McLerie
Robidoux Charles Tyner
Caleb Josh Albee
Paints His Shirt Red Joaquin Martinez
Reverend Paul Benedict
Director Sydney Pollack
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Columbia-Warner DistsGuidance: May be edited for language and violence. Available on: video, DVD and Blu-ray