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

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  • May 15, 2009
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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 between the two lovers is so subtly displayed it's all the more powerful.

The movie was filmed in North Carolina, near my grandmother's house, and the cinematography is absolutely gorgeous. Wes Studi is exceptional as Magua, a Huron who lost his family at the hands of the British commander and whose vengeful goal is to take his family from him. The sound track excels - its cadence carries the viewer along, building anticipation and suspense until the very end.

The VHS version is much better than the DVD, in my opinion. In any event, this is one of my favorite movies and I would recommend it to all.

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January 25, 2010
Nice review.
It's interesting that you prefer the original cut on VHS to the Director's Cut on DVD. While I love both versions, I'd have to agrree and say that the VHS version is better on most levels. In the DVD, I was certainly sad that they took out the Clannad song "I Will Find You" when Hawkeye is tracking the Huron war party to save Cora... but I also love the extended ending with Chingachgook lamenting the loss of his people in the DVD cut, so it's hard to pick and choose.
 
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review by . April 27, 2009
posted in Movie Hype
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
posted in Movie Hype
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 . 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 . October 18, 2005
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 …
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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