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Last of the Mohicans, The (Director's Expanded)

Director(s): Michael Mann

Theatrical Release: 1992

Cast: Daniel Day-Lewis, Madeleine Stowe, Russell Means, Eric Schweig, Jodhi May, Wes Studi

Genre(s): Adventure, romance

Countries: USA


Location in store: American Directors > Michael Mann

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Running Time: 117m.

Director Michael Mann based this lushly romantic version of the James Fenimore Cooper novel more on his memory of the 1936 film version (starring Randolph Scott) than on Cooper's novel (in fact, Philip Dunne's 1936 screenplay is cited as source material for this film). Set in the 1750s during the French and Indian War, the story concerns Hawkeye (Daniel Day-Lewis), the European-born adopted son of Mohican scout Chingachgook (Russell Means). Hawkeye and his party, which also includes the Mohican Uncas (Eric Schweig), joins up with a group of Britons who have recently arrived in the Colonies. The group consists of Cora Munro (Madeleine Stowe) and her younger sister, Alice (Jodhi May), who are rescued from a Huron war party by Hawkeye. Hawkeye's band accompanies them to the British Fort William Henry, which is being besieged by a French and Huron force. The fort falls to the French, and Colonel Munro (Maurice Roeves) surrenders to French General Montcalm (Patrice Chéreau). The terms of the surrender are that the British merely abandon the fort and return to their homes. However, the French's bloodthirsty ally, the Huron warrior Magua (Wes Studi), has made no such agreement, and, as the British retreat from the fort, he plans to massacre them in a terrible Huron attack. -- Paul Brenner (allmovie.com)

Member Reviews


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Great movie by RW - October 6, 2008
Let no one forget that Danield Day Lewis, pre Gangs of NY and There Will Be Blood, was a hot, vaguely Keanu-like Euro adopted by Native Americans heart-throb. Other descriptors:

Michael Mann via Terrence Mallik.

Great date movie.

D.D. Lewis double fists muskets in the climactic scene. HARD.

One of the best examples of what a soundtrack can do to a movie, laying direct, powerful emotion over every scene.
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