In the early 1800’s, a group of fur trappers and Indian traders are returning with their goods to civilisation and are making a desperate attempt to beat the oncoming winter. When guide Zachary Bass is injured in a bear attack, they decide he’s a goner and leave him behind to die. When he recovers instead, he swears revenge on them and tracks them and their paranoiac expedition leader down. —IMDb
Richard C. Sarafian (born 28 April 1930) is an Armenian-American TV and film director. Richard Sarafian has complied a versatile career that has spanned over five decades as a director, actor and writer. He is also the director of the film Vanishing Point (1971). He is the father of: Richard Sarafian Jr., Tedi Sarafian, Damon B. Sarafian, and Deran Sarafian. —Wikipedia
Richard C. Sarafian, during a recent interview, considered his film as one of the best westerns ever made. And, in my opinion, he was right. Released at the same time as the more politically correct Sydney Pollack's Jeremiah Johnson, Man in the Wilderness was shamefully left aside by Warner publicists. One is forced to think here about Herzog's Fitzcarraldo with this story of an old captain wandering through North-East America in his boat pulled by mules. Richard Harris's initiation journey is impressive and the description of American natives fair. Masterpiece.