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Movie – Jeremiah Johnson

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We see a man land at a small settlement by boat in the 1800’s. We hear him say  “He’s heading into the mountains to be a “mountain man”.  That’s exactly what he does learning some hard and fast survival lessons as he goes.  He learns some basics from an old trapper that he meets. Along the way he encounters the Indians that inhabit the (their) country and various others that are trying to make a life in this hard environment.  He takes an Indian wife and along with a young boy who he inherits from a crazy women. Johnson settles into his new life.  An encounter with the US Army puts him at odds with the Crow Indians which leads to a life and death struggle that consumes him completely.

 

CB loves a good adventure story and Jeremiah Johnson provides plenty of that.  The film has an authentic feel.  Sydney Pollack provides excellent direction using the natural surroundings to bring the truth to his vision. The dialogue is minimal which is perfect. Duke Callaghan’s cinematography is beautiful., capturing the harsh rugged country and how hard it is for man to tame.

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The performances are real (The mountains take top billing).  Joaquin Martinez as Paints His Shirt Red is perfect. The Crow warriors all fit the bill. Delle Bolton as Swan has a quiet presence. Will Geer and Stefan Glerasch are both stand outs in their work.  Robert Redford gives a strong performance as Johnson.  He is good in this.

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Many memorable scenes.  The fight sequences are brutal and violent the way they are supposed to be. Real.  A scene where the white man trespasses in a Crow burial ground has a very eerie vibe.  Good stuff.

Jeremiah Johnson is a good story told simply and beautifully.  A visual treat.. So head into the mountains with JJ and see if you can cut it as a Mountain man or mountain woman.  CB wouldn’t last a day.

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12 comments on “Movie – Jeremiah Johnson

  1. Jim S.
    March 11, 2018

    Another one I haven’t seen in a long time. The early days of Redford’s time as an environmentalist, Sundance Institute, that whole thing out in that area.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      March 11, 2018

      You are a man of varied tastes and knowledge. This is a good film. Interested how it would hold up for you? It’s a pretty good film. Stood the test of time for CB.Redford was involved in a few good ones and he does his part to make the world a better place. I missed ‘The Way We Were’. I’ll leave that one to your viewing pleasure.

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      • Jim S.
        March 11, 2018

        Not sure how it would hold up. I haven’t seen it in years and years. As to ‘The Way We Were,’ I’ll just stick with the song going around and around in my head. I remember Mad magazine did a parody called ‘The Way We Bore.’

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        March 11, 2018

        Don’t think I know the tune but I do love the ‘Mad’ thing.

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      • Jim S.
        March 11, 2018

        Oh yeah, the song was a big hit for Streisand back in the day.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        March 11, 2018

        Barbara,Doc and CB just doesn’t fit. Can she sing the blues?

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      • Jim S.
        March 11, 2018

        I’m gonna go out on a limb here and say no. You know she’s strictly a “classic songbook” singer, like Sinatra. In the late Sixties, in an attempt to seem “with it,” she did some Beatles and Paul Simon. Didn’t work. It was like having Ethel Merman sing “Light My Fire,” She got hammered in the press and nobody bought it.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        March 11, 2018

        Ooooh! That just sounds like something that would not be in my listening bone. Probably a very lovely woman but hey she probably wouldn’t dig CB’s vocals either. “Ethel Merman” the mother in law from hell in ‘It’s A Mad Mad Mad …World’. Like finger nails on a chalk board. Oooooh!! I’m going to listen to some BB King or something just to get back on track.

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      • Jim S.
        March 11, 2018

        Take two aspirins and call me in the morning.

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  2. J.
    March 12, 2018

    I haven’t seen this one, but I’m gonna go out on a limb and say that I really should have! Definitely a movie for me, by the sounds of it.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      March 12, 2018

      Like I’ve said, you never know what people will dig but this film doesn’t embarrass itself. It’s a good piece of work. Grab a musket, throw on a bear skin and head into the mountains “They say Jeremiah Johnson is still up there”

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  3. 1537
    March 18, 2018

    I’m with J on this one too. I’m surprised I have never seen it before.

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