Tonight's MovieMovie: Jeremiah Johnson Starring Robert Redford
03.09.13 by BJSprecher
"I, Hatchet Jack, being of sound mind and broke legs, do leaveth my rifle to the next thing who finds it..."
Tonight's MovieMovie is one of the great unsung Westerns of the '70s and the second of seven collaborations between actor Robert Redford and Academy Award-winning director Sydney Pollack.
Redford stars as the title character, a veteran of the Mexican War (1846–48) who moves out west to become a mountain man. Johnson's life is a difficult one, filled with harsh winters, hungry grizzly bears and ferocious Blackfoot warriors who don't appreciate white men encroaching on their territory, but he manages to find peace, harmony and love with the daughter (Delle Bolton) of a Flathead chief. Unfortunately, Johnson's piece is short-lived. When the U.S. Cavalry force him to help them move through native territory, everything and everyone in his life is put in jeopardy and the peaceful man he once was is consumed by his wild side.
Beautiful, violent, heart-breaking, nostalgic and cynical all at the same time, with a complex lead character played by one of Hollywood's greatest stars, Jeremiah Johnson has something for everyone. Tune in tonight at 10:30PM ET / 7:30PM PT.