Jeremiah Johnson
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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, trading with the native Crow tribe, adopting a boy (Josh Albee) after his family is massacred,… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 93%

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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."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Pollack's attempts at myth-making yield the same results as his attempts at most anything else. Jeremiah Johnson is boring, overlong, and pointless."
‑ Walter Chaw, Film Freak Central
"Pollack does right to put his faith in one man and a whole lot of mountains. The result is impressive."
‑ , Empire Magazine
"Pollack and Redford collaborated successfully, their earnestness yielding some handsome, if over indulgent, movies such as this factually based adventure."
‑ , Film4
"A flawed but immensely appealing film."
‑ Tom Milne, Time Out
"Beautifully photographed in the remote mountains of Utah."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Like other films of the 1970s, Pollack's saga combines nostalgia and cynicism in equal measure, thus pleasing both right-wing and left-wing viewers, not to speak the delight of seeing Robert Redford at his most handsome in a cowboy attire."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"A very entertaining film that doesn't flinch about how tough life was for the early settlers."
‑ Christopher Null, Filmcritic.com
"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."
‑ Roger Greenspun, New York Times
"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."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Gritty, gorgeously photographed mountain man tale."
‑ Steve Crum, Kansas City Kansan
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