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Michael Mann's spirited film version of James Fenimore Cooper's adventure story.

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Restoration of Dignity to Native Americans, Long Overdue

  • Oct 18, 2005
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James Fenimore Cooper's trusty old nineteenth century novel 'The Last of the Mohicans' has provided a surprisingly sound springboard for a film that tries and succeeds in restoring a profound respect for the Native Americans. Yes, it is a story about the Indians and their culture descrated by the arrival of European entrpeneurs and colonists all relating to Hawkeye/Nathaniel Poe (Daniel Day-Lewis), who as a child was taken by the Mohawk tribe and raised by wise Chingachgook (Russell Means) with the graceful skills and philosophy of the Native Americans. And it is through his eyes that we are brought into the universe through the eyes of the Indians.

The story is well known and needn't be elaborated once again. Suffice it say that Hawkeye becomes the scout who leads British family Munro including Colonel (Maurice Roëves) and his daughters Cora (Madeleine Stowe) and Alice (Jodhi May) into upstate New York and along the way find altercations with the French and with the Huron Indians, especially one Magua (Wes Studi) whose loathing for Munro's devastation of his village drives him to vengeance against the entire Munro family. Hawkeye and his ally Uncas (Eric Schweig) protect their lieges while steadfastly holding to the honor of their heritage. And of course during the harrowing events Hawkeye and Cora fall in love and Hawkeye takes great risks against his own life to ultimately defend Cora and her family.

Yes, there are many battle scenes, great reenactment of the scenery of the novel, and villains in all camps that provide the stormy progress of the novel. But it is in the quiet moments where Chingachgook speaks about the Great Spirit, the sanctity of nature, and his waiting to join the Great Council in the sky as the last of the Mohicans that the film's power is best communicated. The acting is very fine and the cinematography is splendid. This is a film worth seeing, one whose 117 minutes fly by leaving the viewer with a renewed respect for Native American philosophy. Grady Harp, October 05

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review by . April 27, 2009
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Daniel Day Lewis as Hawkeye
Seamlessly blending together elements of multiple genres, including historical drama, action, adventure, war epic, and romance, director Michael Mann paints a beautiful and breathtaking picture of the violence, conflict, and romanticism of the American colonial-era frontier in his film The Last of the Mohicans. Utilizing his accumulative knowledge of visual storytelling, which he first obtained during his early years as a television director, Mann takes the adventure film, the genre to which The …
Quick Tip by . September 26, 2009
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Quite a departure from Cooper's original tale, but an epic that manages to improve on the book while giving viewers great action & romance.
review by . May 15, 2009
Based on the novel by James Fenimore Cooper, "The Last of the Mohicans" takes place during the French and Indian War. There are several battle scenes and a suspenseful chase scene at the end, as well as accurate depictions of colonial life with historical detail, but the most important element of the story is the romance between Hawkeye, played by Daniel Day-Lewis, and Cora, played by Madeleine Stowe. This is by far Lewis's best film yet. He plays Hawkeye with fierce intensity, and the chemistry …
review by . January 16, 2009
posted in Movie Hype
Based on the novel by James Fenimore Cooper, "The Last of the Mohicans" takes place during the French and Indian War. There are several battle scenes and a suspenseful chase scene at the end, as well as accurate depictions of colonial life with historical detail, but the most important element of the story is the romance between Hawkeye, played by Daniel Day-Lewis, and Cora, played by Madeleine Stowe. This is by far Lewis's best film yet. He plays Hawkeye with fierce intensity, and the chemistry …
review by . September 17, 2003
There have been four film versions of James Fenimore Cooper's novel. Although I thoroughly enjoyed the one released in 1936 (starring Randolph Scott, Binnie Barnes, Heather Angel, Henry Wilcoxon, and Bruce Cabot), I enjoyed this version even more. (It is probably unfair to compare and contrast films based on essentially the same material which were produced 56 years apart.) Brilliantly directed by Michael Mann and with a narrative driven by the compelling performance of Daniel Day-Lewis (as Hawkeye), …
review by . February 23, 2001
From start to finish this DVD is terrific. I bought it even after getting VHS. (My in-depth review can be found by clicking on my name.) In comparison, the DVD if far more superior to the tape, simply for quality. The extra's are great also. (Even the guide screen is awesome!) But two things struck me as odd. Why cut the ending #1? And How come the original release didn't hold all the extra material? It is still wonderful. You could buy the vhs to keep the ending whole, or you can buy the DVD and …
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Director: Michael Mann
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, History, Romance, War
Release Date: 1991
MPAA Rating: R
Screen Writer: Michael Mann
DVD Release Date: January 23, 2001
Runtime: 112 minutes
Studio: 20th Century Fox
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