Born on August 18, 1936, in Santa Monica, California, to Charles Robert Redford, an accountant for Standard Oil, and Martha Hart. His mother died in 1955, the year after he graduated from high school. Charles Robert Redford Jr. was a scrappy kid who stole hubcaps in high school and lost his college baseball scholarship at the University of Colorado because of drunkenness. After studying at the Pratt Institute of Art and living the painter’s life in Europe, he studied acting in New York at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. Lola Redford Van Wagenen (consumer activist), born in 1940, dropped out of college to marry Redford on September 12, 1958. They divorced in 1985 after having four children, one of whom died of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). Daughter Shauna Redford, born November 15, 1960, is a painter who married Eric Schlosser on October 5, 1985, in Provo, UT. Her first child, born in January 1991, made Redford a grandfather. Son James Redford AKA Jamie Redford, a screenwriter… read more
The simplicity and natural beauty of the landscapes, the human relationships and the unspoken nuances that permeate this film are what make it truly special and worth watching. So much more than a film about "a man and his animal". Rather how that animal can provide a much more meaningful connection with the human beings surrounding the man, and the complications that often come at us in life. A wonderful film.
I'm possibly the only cinephile who considers this to be a masterpiece. The beautiful cinematography by Robert Richardson of the Montana plains; the knockout performance by a very young Johansson as a girl who becomes a woman as the only way to cope with great physical, mental and emotional anguish; and the love triangle between Scott Thomas, Redford and Neill that is played out more through gestures and badinage than theatrics, all turn this into Redford's take on Bergman set against the backdrop of the modern American West.