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Jeremiah Johnson Without a doubt the greatest westernpioneer movie ever created is Jeremiah Johnson This movie shows hardships that American frontiersmen encountered as they traveled west into new land Jeremiah Johnson portrayed by Robert Redford is a man that has been soured by society and civilization and decides to make his life as a mountain man He sets off into the mountains with only a rifle horse and mule and the clothes on his back in an attempt to survive the harsh wilderness that very few live in Jeremiah Johnson gets back to nature in a way no film has ever before or done since The movie begins in the mid 1800s with a clean-cut young soldier Jeremiah Johnson leaving military service after the Mexican American War As he sets out into the Rocky Mountains he encounters struggles that would kill most men His attempts to feed himself by hunting and trapping fail him and he nearly starves to death When he tries to catch fish he falls into the river in the middle of winter and gets completely soaking wet While he is trying to light a fire to keep himself warm and dry off his clothes a huge snowstorm suddenly appears and dumps snow all over his fire Luckily he comes upon an old trapper named Bear Claw Will Greer that takes him to his cabin and gives him food and shelter Bear Claw takes Jeremiah Johnson out in the wilderness with him over the next couple weeks and teaches him the basics on how to survive in the unforgiving mountains He shows him how to trap and clean animals hides salt meat and build make-shift shelters One of the strong points on this movie is its realness The characters talk act and present themselves just as someone would at around the mid-1800s There dialect and sayings make it very believable For example at the beginning Jeremiah says just where is it I
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