A Mexican-American War veteran, Jeremiah Johnson (Robert Redford), heads to the mountains to live in isolation. Woefully unequipped for the task at hand, Johnson is fortunate to come across a seasoned mountain man (Will Geer) willing to teach him the necessary survival tactics. As life continues in the mountains, Johnson finds himself a native bride (Delle Bolton) and an adopted son (Josh Albee). However, their peaceful existence is threatened when Johnson incurs the ire of the Crow Indians.
- Robert Redford as Jeremiah Johnson
- Will Geer as Bear Claw Chris Lapp
- Stefan Gierasch as Del Gue
- Delle Bolton as Swan
- Josh Albee as Caleb
- Joaquín Martínez as Paints His Shirt Red
- Allyn Ann McLerie as the Crazy Woman
- Paul Benedict as Reverend Lindquist
- Jack Colvin as Lieutenant Mulvey
- Matt Clark as Qualen
- Richard Angarola as Chief Two-Tongues Lebreaux
- Charles Tyner as Robidoux
In addition to being a commercial success, the film also received generally positive reviews. Aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reported that 95% of critics gave it a positive review, based on 20 reviews with a "Certified Fresh" rating, with an average score of 7.1/10 and the consensus stating: "Jeremiah Johnson's deliberate pace demands an investment from the viewer, but it's rewarded with a thoughtful drama anchored by a starring performance from Robert Redford."