Last of the Mohicans

The Last of the Mohicans

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Director: Michael Mann

Cast: Daniel Day-Lewis, Madeleine Stowe, Russell Means


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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),…  See more details below


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.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Amy Robinson
After making a name for himself as creator of the super-cool, ultra-modern TV series, Miami Vice, Michael Mann turned his talents to this atypical period production: a loose adaptation of James Fenimore Cooper's classic 19th-century novel. Combining lush romanticism with thrilling and brutal action sequences, Last of the Mohicans became one of the biggest critical and commercial successes of Mann's career. The story follows orphaned trapper Hawkeye (Daniel Day-Lewis) and his surrogate Mohawk family as they escort a British officer's daughters through virgin forests, an act that entangles them in the French and Indian War. The production is superb, filled with stirring battle scenes and majestic images of the American wilderness courtesy of veteran cinematographer Dante Spinotti. Day-Lewis and Madeleine Stowe make a glamorous, yet refreshingly adult pair of lovers, and all of the performers bring a sincerity and emotional truth to their roles. The Last of the Mohicans skillfully melds elements of the action, western, war, and romance genres into one gloriously entertaining package.
All Movie Guide - Jason Clark
Challenging and stirring entertainment in a decade that seemed to be out of touch with adventure classics, The Last of the Mohicans was inbued with a newfound sensibility and daring by the gifted Michael Mann. An epic tale remarkably condensed into just under two hours of rock-solid storytelling, Mohicans operates on its own agenda and breaks a few conventions of the genre, but provides ample rewards. The chemistry between leads Daniel Day-Lewis and Madeleine Stowe is smoldering; their romantic tension is palpable in nearly every scene they share, which makes the central historical tale surrounding them even more urgent and pertinent. The director's knack for introducing American audiences to electric new talent is perfectly evident here, especially in the form of Wes Studi, who is positively chilling, and Jodhi May, who creates true vulnerability in a small but vital character. Also notable is the film's relentlessly accurate depiction of violence in battle, with the typically rousing heroes vs. villains archetypes laid to rest in favor of a more potent and hard-hitting illustration. A sole Oscar winner for Best Sound, The Last of the Mohicans was nonetheless hailed by many critics as one of the year's best films.

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Original Release:
20th Century Fox
Region Code:
[Wide Screen]
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
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Special Features

All-new director's definitive cut of the film; Commentary by Michael Mann; All-new making of the Last of the Mochicans featurette

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Daniel Day-Lewis Hawkeye
Madeleine Stowe Cora Munro
Russell Means Chingachgook
Eric Schweig Uncas
Jodhi May Alice Munro
Wes Studi Magua
Steven Waddington Major Duncan Heyward
Maurice Roeves Col. Edmund Munro
Patrice Chéreau General Montcalm
Dennis J. Banks Ongewasgone
William J. Bozic French Artillery Officer
Curtis F. Gaston 1st Soldier
Michael Phillips Sachem
Bonnie Timmermann Actor
Benton Jennings Scottish Officer
Edward Blatchford Jack Winthrop
Terry Kinney John Cameron
Tracey Ellis Alexandra Cameron
Justin M. Rice James Cameron
Pete Postlethwaite Captain Beams
Colm Meaney Major Ambrose
Mac Andrews General Webb
Malcolm Storry Phelps
David Schofield Sergeant Major
Eric D. Sandgren Coureuu de Bois
Mark A. Baker Colonial Man
Dylan Baker Bougainville
Tim Hopper Ian
Gregory Zaragoza Abenaki Chief
Scott Means Abenaki Warrior
Patrick Fitzgerald Webb's Adjutant
Mark Joy Henri
Steve Keator Colonial Representative
Don Tilley 1st Colonial
Thomas E. Cummings 2nd Colonial
David Mark Farrow Guard
Ethan James Fugate French Sappeur
Eric A. Hurley 2nd Soldier
Jared Harris British Lieutenant
Michael McConnell Sentry
Thomas John McGowan Rich Merchant
Alice Papineau Huron Woman
Mark J. Maracle Sharitarish
Clark Heathcliffe Regimental Sergeant Major
Sebastian Roche Martin
Joe Finnegan 2nd Redcoat
Sheila Adams Barnhill Humming Woman

Technical Credits
Michael Mann Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Arthur Schmidt Editor
Lon E. Bender Sound/Sound Designer
Christopher Crowe Screenwriter
Ned Dowd Producer
Philip Dunne Screenwriter
Randy Edelman Score Composer
Jim Erickson Set Decoration/Design
Mickey Gilbert Stunts
Robert Guerra Art Director
Doug Hemphill Sound/Sound Designer
Dov Hoenig Editor
Richard Holland Art Director
Chris Jenkins Sound/Sound Designer
Trevor Jones Score Composer
Simon Kaye Sound/Sound Designer
Larry Kemp Sound/Sound Designer
Wolf Kroeger Production Designer
Hunt Lowry Producer
Mark Mann Producer
Paul Massey Sound/Sound Designer
Douglas Milsome Cinematographer
Peter Robb-King Makeup
Mario Roberts Stunts
James G. Robinson Executive Producer
Mark Smith Sound/Sound Designer
Dante Spinotti Cinematographer
Bonnie Timmermann Casting
Elsa Zamparelli Costumes/Costume Designer

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