Jeremiah Johnson/Mother Lode [2 Discs] [DVD]

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Overview

Special Features

  • Jeremian Johnson features:
  • Featurette The Saga of Jeremiah Johnson
  • Theatrical trailer
  • Mother Lode features:
  • Behind the scenes with filmmaker Frasier C. Heston

Synopsis

Jeremiah Johnson
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, and even marrying the daughter (Delle Bolton) of a Flathead chief in order to avoid confrontation. He settles into a mountain home with his family, but the U.S. cavalry, complete with a puritanical Reverend, interrupt the idyll to compel Jeremiah to lead them over the mountains and through a Crow burial ground to rescue white settlers. After the Crow kill his family in retaliation, Jeremiah's frenzied moment of payback precipitates a long-running vendetta, turning him into a legendary Indian killer at the expense of his original ideals, on the way to a final moment of grace. Spectacularly shot on location in Utah, the film captures both the appeal and the challenge of the landscape that Jeremiah chooses over civilization. With an unglamorous performance by Redford and a story that questioned white colonialism while mythologizing the man of nature, Jeremiah Johnson appealed to its 1972 audience and became one of the biggest hits of the year. Wavering between heroicizing Jeremiah for surviving and damning him for killing, Jeremiah Johnson took its place among the Vietnam-era cycle of critical westerns, like Arthur Penn's Little Big Man (1970) and Robert Altman's McCabe and Mrs. Miller (1971), that condemned civilization for corrupting the wilderness and preventing individuals from going pacifistically native. ~ Lucia Bozzola, Rovi

Mother Lode
The McGee brothers--Silas and Ian (Charlton Heston in a dual role)--are Scottish miners with a gold fortune hidden in British Columbia. Two bush pilots (Nick Mancuso, Ricky Zantolas) and a girl (Kim Basinger) travel to the province to seek the gold. The film is also known as Search for the Mother Lode. ~ John Bush, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Robert Redford
    Robert Redford - Jeremiah Johnson
  • Will Geer
    Will Geer - Bear Claws
  • Stefan Gierasch
    Stefan Gierasch - Del Gue
  • Allyn Ann McLerie
    Allyn Ann McLerie - Crazy Woman
  • Delle Bolton
    Delle Bolton - Swan
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