Sunday, July 10, 2011

This Movie Haunts Me

Some movies just stick with you.  Out of nowhere today, I had the theme to Jeremiah Johnson spinning through my head. 

Jeremiah Johnson made his way into the mountains
Bettin' on forgettin' all the troubles that he knew
The trail was wide and narrow
And the eagle or the sparrow
Showed the path he was to follow as they flew.
A mountain man's a lonely man
And he leaves a life behind
It ought to have been different, but oftimes you will find,
That the story doesn't always go that way you had in mind.
Jeremiah's story was that kind. . .
Jeremiah's story was that kind.
The way that you wander is the way that you choose,
The day that you tarry is the day that you lose.
Sunshine or thunder, a man will always wonder.
Where the fair wind blows.
An Indian says you search in vain for what you cannot find.
He says you'll find a thousand ways for runnin' down your time.
An Indian didn't scream it, he said it in a song,
And he's never been known to be wrong.
He's never been known to be wrong.
Filmed in the winter Utah mountains, the scenery is breathtaking and Robert Redford was the man long Brad Pitt threw away his Binky.


 

This is a movie I have seen more times than Pretty Woman, Dirty Dancing, or Ghost.  

I really don't know what part of it speaks to me.  I think it's appeal is as haunting as it's theme song.  Peace and solitude were long desired, but rarely attainable for Mr. Johnson.

If you have seen it, I think you'd agree and if you haven't, find it and experience the mountains and Jeremiah's cast of characters he meets on his journey.  I think you'll enjoy them.

8 comments:

Sweet Tea said...

Ohhhhhh, I've been in love with Robert Redford for years, but I've never seen Jerimiah Johnson. I'm gonna put it on my Netflix list as a "must see"...I'm posting about movies on Thursday. Great minds are thinkin' alike, aren't they?

Merideth in Wyoming said...

One of my favorites too!

(Florida) Girl said...

Sigh, what a gorgeous man.

I love movie recommendations. I might have to watch this one now. My favorite Redford movie is 'Out of Africa.'

Anonymous said...

I show this movie in my Environmental biology class.
yfs

Just Stuff From a Boomer said...

Sweet Tea and Florida Girl - Meredith and I highly recommend it. I think my sister (YFS) does too.

YFS - other than the pretty mountains, the hunting and trapping, why do you show it?

Anonymous said...

City teens get a look at someone who prefers nature over other humans and has to learn to be one with nature. Respect earth instead of destroying or using it for personal gain. I also use Dances With Wolves for the same philosophy.
yfs

Intense Guy said...

I saw "Ghosts" a number of times, but have never seen this one. I will put it on my "must see" list.

Far Side of Fifty said...

One of our favorites..I also catch Dirty Dancing and Ghost and Pretty Woman when they are on TV. I also loved Far and Away and Steel Magnolias oh and Fried Green Tomatoes..and Stand By Me..wonderful movies. You have good taste in movies:)

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