Wednesday, 5 August 2009

Jeremiah Johnson


Soured by civilisation, Jeremiah Johnson (Robert Redford) sets out in the mid-1800's to be a mountain man, seeking solitude in a wilderness whose purity he never questioned. His first Rocky Mountain winter almost kills him. Starving and nearly frozen, he finds refuge with a wily old trapper (Will Geer) whose survival teaching includes going eyeball to eyeball with a grizzly.

This is really a great movie. Slow and easy but with enough tension to keep you on your toes. All the characters are wonderful and the scenery is just fantastic. Redford's best movie and he has many good ones, but this one shines. Should be in anybody's collection, it doesn't disappoint.

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