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Jeremiah Johnson is a 1972 western / adventure film starring Robert Redford as the title character, a Mexican-American War veteran who leaves society and heads up to the Rocky Mountains to live the life of a mountain man. Jeremiah goes from green horn to mythical figure while on his trek. The film was written by John Milius and directed by Sydney Pollack, who also collaborated with Redford on Out of Africa, Three Days of the Condor, The Electric Horseman and Havana.
The following weapons were used in the film Jeremiah Johnson:
During the 1970s when the bicentennial hit big, and people started becoming interested in "Buckskinning", a return to the muzzleloading pioneer tradition occurred. Many people interested in this hobby began to demand guns that were like those of their pioneer ancestors. Unfortunately, the name Hawken came to be synonymous with a a large bore, half-stock, cap lock rifle during this time. Though the movie had Johnson carrying a Hawken gun, the actual gun carried in the movie little resembles a gun after the true Jacob and Samuel Hawken style. Jeremiah Johnson (Robert Redford) carries both a .30 and .50 caliber Hawken rifle.
Jeremiah acquires a Caplock pistol given to him by the crazy woman.
Muzzle Loading Rifles
Several charaters are seen with muzzle loaders in the film. This includes "Bear Claw" (Will Geer) and the crazy lady (Allyn Ann McLerie).