Jeremiah Johnson

Synopsis: During the mid-nineteenth century, Jeremiah Johnson, after a stint in the US Army, decides that he would prefer a life of solitude and more importantly peace by living with nature in the mountains of the frontier of the American west. This plan entails finding a piece of land upon which to build a house. This quest ends up being not quite what he envisioned as he does require the assistance of others to find his footing, and in turn he amasses friends and acquaintances along the way, some who become more a part of his life than he would have imagined. Perhaps most importantly, some of those people provide him with the knowledge of how to co-exist with some of the many Indian tribes, most importantly the Crow, on whose land in Colorado Jeremiah ultimately decides to build his home. But an act by Jeremiah upon a request by the US Cavalry leads to a chain of events that may forever change the peaceful relationship he worked so hard to achieve with his neighbors and their land.
Director(s): Sydney Pollack
Production: Warner Home Video
  1 win & 1 nomination.
Rotten Tomatoes:
108 min

Cheyenne, she was.

And the meanest bitch

that ever balled for beads!

l lodgepoled her at Dead Wolf Creek

and traded her for a Hawkin gun!

Don't get me wrong,

l love the women, l surely do!

But l swear...

...a woman's breast

is the hardest rock...

...the Almighty ever made on Earth...

...and l can find no sign on it.

Now these coals here

will simmer until sunrise.

You better go do likewise.

Didn't put enough dirt down.

Saw it right off.

You track well, pilgrim.

Kind of like it, don't you?



Human man...

...he likes tracking and killing.

An lnjun, he figures it's natural.

Wind's right.

But he'll just run, soon as

we step out of these trees.

Trick to it.

Walk out on this side of your horse.

What if he sees our feet?

Elk don't know

how many feet a horse has.

No, you damn fool!

Slide it up over the saddle!

You got him, pilgrim!

You nailed him clean.

We got us an elk to skin!

Can't figure people down there

eating hog when they could feed on elk.

Didn't like it down there?

-Ought to have been different.

-ls that so?

Many a child journeys

this high to be different.

To get from here what their natures

couldn't get them below.

lt comes to nothing.

Can't cheat the mountain, pilgrim.

Mountain got it....

Probably Crow. They'll steal

our horses unless we bribe them.

lt's their territory.

They figure we're trespassing.

Yep, Crow.

Fellow by the name

of Paints-His-Shirt-Red.

That's his sign.

Just stand still.

You two know each other?

l saw him once.

He says you fish poorly.

You understand their language?

Paints-His-Shirt speaks English,

he just does this to aggravate me.

Says he's got enough bear claws.

What's your name?


Your Christian name?


You've learned well, pilgrim.

You'll go far.

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John Milius

John Frederick Milius is an American screenwriter, director, and producer of motion pictures. He was one of the writers for the first two Dirty Harry films, received an Academy Award nomination as ... more…

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