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Jeremiah Johnson (IB Tech Print!)

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The Indian Fighter

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Jeremiah Johnson (IB Tech Print!)

Cool down with mountain man Jeremiah (Robert Redford) as he flees the ills of 1850s civilization to trek through the snow-covered Rocky Mountains. He does it with the tutelage of an elderly hunter named Bear Claw (Will Geer) and alternately friendly/hostile relations with the Crow Indian tribe. Hardships abound, from the harsh winters and scarce supplies to unexpected massacres, one of which lands him in the role of surrogate husband/father to a pioneer widow woman and son. Warner Brothers had hired John Milius to pen the script, and though other writers such as Edward Anhalt made contributions, Milius’ knack for frontier dialogue insured callbacks for the final rewrite. Originally intended as a vehicle for Clint Eastwood and Sam Peckinpah, the deal fell through when the two hard-chargers clashed. Warners drafted Robert Redford as a replacement, and Redford brought along novice director Sydney Pollack. Redford and Pollack persevered through weather-plagued Utah location shoots and cost overruns, and this gritty pioneer saga was both a critical and box office hit as a result.

“There are moments of great beauty and terror and deeply earned pathos. There are as well… a cast of excellent supporting actors.” – Roger Greenspun, The New York Times

“A very entertaining film that doesn’t flinch about how tough life was for the early settlers.” – Christopher Null, Filmcritic.com

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Director
Sydney Pollack
Starring
Robert Redford, Will Geer, Allyn Ann McLerie, Stefan Gierasch, Charles Tyner
Year
1972
Rated
PG
Country
USA
Format
I.B. Technicolor 35mm
Running Time
105 minutes

The Indian Fighter

Kirk Douglas stars as the titular character in the 1955 Andre De Toth directed western The Indian Fighter. Douglas plays Johnny Hawks, a man leading a wagon train of settlers through Indian country. Along the way he learns of a secret Indian gold mine and falls in love with the daughter of a Sioux chief, played by the luminous Elsa Martinelli. Hawks must contend with backstabbers in his company though, and the Chief’s son Grey Wolf, who doesn’t take too kindly to having the white man in his midst. Walter Matthau and Lon Chaney, Jr. contribute memorable supporting performances, but this is Kirk Douglas’ show, and he lights up the screen as a man just as fast with a fist as he is with a kiss.

Director
André De Toth
Starring
Kirk Douglas, Elsa Martinelli, Walter Matthau, Diana Douglas, Walter Abel, Lon Chaney Jr.
Year
1955
Country
USA
Format
35mm
Running Time
88 minutes

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