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Jeremiah Johnson

108 min | 116 min (long version)
Adventure | Drama | Western
IMDB rate:
Sydney Pollack
1 win & 1 nomination
Country: USA
Release Date: 1972-09-10
Filming Locations: Alpine Loop, Utah, USA
Gross: $47,742,000 (USA)SEK 1,007,197 (Sweden)
Delle Bolton
Delle Bolton
Jeremiah Johnson
Robert Redford
Jeremiah Johnson
Will Geer
Bear Claw
Josh Albee
Joaquín Martínez
Paints His Shirt Red
Stefan Gierasch
Del Gue
Richard Angarola
Chief Two-Tongues Lebeaux
Paul Benedict
Reverend Lindquist
Charles Tyner
Jack Colvin
Lieutenant Mulvey
Matt Clark
Tanya Tucker
Qualen's daughter
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The movie's scenes set in summer were filmed near St. George in Utah which is where star Robert Redford's earlier classic western Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969) filmed.
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Scores of indigenous American Indians from Northern Utah were hired as actors, extras and background artists.
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Reportedly, actor Robert Redford did many of his own stunts. Redford also apparently paid the stunt guild accordingly so as to not put any stuntman out of work.
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When Jeremiah Johnson first finds Hatchet Jack's frozen body holding the .50 caliber Hawkens, the gun is held with the barrel tilted slightly upward. In subsequent shots, the angle of the rifle barrel changes several times to slightly different downward- or upward-tilting angles, never the same twice.
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When he runs into Del Gue late in the movie Johnson tells Del that he may head to Canada. In the 1830's? the country of Canada was not yet formed, and while there was a region with the name it was far to the east of the Crow and Flathead territories. The territory Johnson was most likely referring to would be Rupert's Land or possibly the territory of British Columbia, those would be the non US territories closest to the Crow Nation.
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When Jeremiah shares a rabbit with Chris, one shot shows no smoke from the fire, but in the other shots much smoke was visible.
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Del Gue: I ain't never seen 'em, but my common sense tells me the Andes is foothills, and the Alps is for children to climb! Keep good care of your hair! These here is God's finest scupturings! And there ain't no laws for the brave ones! And there ain't no asylums for the crazy ones! And there ain't no churches, except for this right here! And there ain't no priests excepting the birds. By God, I are a mountain man, and I'll live 'til an arrow or a bullet finds me. And then I'll leave my bones on this great map of the magnificent...
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Bear Claw Chris Lapp: You're the same dumb pilgrim that I been hearin' for twenty days, and smellin' for three!
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Del Gue: [Jeremiah and Del have killed the Indians that stole Del's horse and gear] Don't you want any of these?
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How much sex, violence, and profanity are in this movie?
For detailed information about the amounts and types of (a) sex and nudity, (b) violence and gore, (c) profanity, (d) alcohol, drugs, and smoking, and (e) frightening and intense scenes in this movie, consult the IMDb Parents Guide for this movie. The Parents Guide for Jeremiah Johnson can be found here.
Why did Jeremiah give his skins to Paints His Shirt Red?
Bear Claw had explained that they were on Crow land and that the Crow would consider them trespassers and take their horses and guns unless they were offered a bribe. Bear Claw offered him some bear claws, but Paints His Shirt Red (Joaquín Martínez) said he had enough of them, so Jeremiah offered his pelts.
Did Jeremiah get a premonition about Swan and Caleb when he was returning through the Crow burial ground?
It's possible, but it's even more likely that he recognized the blue tassels and material just added to the skeletons on the raised graves. They were taken from Swan's backpack, which you can see dumped on the ground as Jeremiah rushes into his cabin. You can also see, just before Jeremiah realizes what the blue grave decorations mean, his eyes suddenly flashing a brilliant blue reflection to hint at what he is seeing and realizing. The backpack can be seen in several scenes prior to Jeremiah's trek through the burial ground. It's there at the feet of Swan's bridesmaids at her wedding to Jeremiah, and the blue tassels can be seen decorating her leggings as they leave the Flathead Village just after the wedding. The backpack is there in the scene when Jeremiah dumps the scrawny rabbit into the pot (he sits by the backpack), and it's there again when he and Swan are eating lunch during the building of the cabin.
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Photos from cast
Delle Bolton Allyn Ann McLerie