The Last of the Mohicans

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Overview

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 ...
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Overview

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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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
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Editorial Reviews

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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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/5/2010
  • UPC: 024543657880
  • Original Release: 1992
  • Rating:

  • Source: Fox Searchlight
  • Region Code: A
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:54:00
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Sales rank: 5,272

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
Mac Andrews General Webb
Dylan Baker Bougainville
Mark A. Baker Colonial Man
Dennis J. Banks Ongewasgone
Sheila Adams Barnhill Humming Woman
Edward Blatchford Jack Winthrop
William J. Bozic Jr. French Artillery Officer
Thomas E. Cummings 2nd Colonial
Tracey Ellis Alexandra Cameron
David Mark Farrow Guard
Joe Finnegan 2nd Redcoat
Patrick Fitzgerald Webb's Adjutant
Ethan James Fugate French Sappeur
Curtis F. Gaston 1st Soldier
Jared Harris British Lieutenant
Clark Heathcliffe Regimental Sergeant Major
Tim Hopper Ian
Eric A. Hurley 2nd Soldier
Benton Jennings Scottish Officer
Mark Joy Henri
Steve Keator Colonial Representative
Terry Kinney John Cameron
Mark J. Maracle Sharitarish
Michael McConnell Sentry
Thomas John McGowan Rich Merchant
Colm Meaney Major Ambrose
Scott Means Abenaki Warrior
Alice Papineau Huron Woman
Michael Phillips Sachem
Pete Postlethwaite Captain Beams
Justin M. Rice James Cameron
Sebastian Roche Martin
Eric D. Sandgren Coureuu de Bois
David Schofield Sergeant Major
Malcolm Storry Phelps
Don Tilley 1st Colonial
Bonnie Timmermann
Gregory Zaragoza Abenaki Chief
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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Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4.5
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  • Posted January 22, 2013

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    Hadn't seen the whole thing except near the end. Finally saw thi

    Hadn't seen the whole thing except near the end. Finally saw this all the way through and it was intense especially near the end. The music is really good, same for the acting.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Awesome!

    I liked this movie, even though I don't really watch rated R movies. The plot was great. The music is totally awesome,I love it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This movie was purchased as a gift.

    I have not viewed this movie as I purchased it as a gift

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    A minor masterpiece

    A very old story. Read the book as a child (many times over) and always got a lot of visuals and faces in my head when doing so.
    Watching the movie vas just SO much better!
    The visuals are not only better - They are amazing. Very few movies can compete with the colours, the movements, the lighting of The Last of the Mohicans.

    Daniel Day-Lewis is excellent but in this movie, compared to some of his others, he is surrounded by actors that equals his performance.

    A minor masterpiece.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    One of my all time favorite movies

    Amazing scenery. One of Daniel Day Lewis's best performances ever. Music to die for. I rarely see movies more than once and I've seen this one 6 times. I had to have it in my library.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    I LOVE THIS MOVIE!!!

    I absolutely love this movie. I remember when it first came out and told my parents I wanted to see this film. Eventually I did and so far there hasn't been a film this amazing or touching. The whole scenery of this film, as well as characters and theme are truly amazing. The movie keeps you on your toes from beginning till end. The end is extremely sad and even mind bobbling. I loved this movie so much that I decided to read the book and it wasn't anything near the movie. It's a first for me to say I loved the movie more than the book. This is a movie well worth 2 THUMBS UP as well as a place in your movie collection. I've seen it a billion times and still counting. It's a movie I will never get tired of. I love the courage of these characters even the romance in a place so beautiful but totally out of control in war.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    What a deep movie

    By the end of the film, I am in tears yet in deep thought about how it was back then. I sometimes continue to cry thinking about what happened to the Native Americans and how nice yet simple it was during that time. Now the acting....was amazing! It doesn't feeling like acting, you can actually feel like your there watching this happen. The music is also great, empowering in many ways. A truly beautiful film.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Great Movie

    This was a very good movie. It is part of my collection. I would recommend it to anyone.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Just Good Ole' War Movie

    Although I don't have the politics of John Wayne, I occasionally like to watch movies that he would believe in that are not from "independent films." In a film that is quite atypical from the modern violence thrillers of the big cities filled with cynicism, this one was one was a love story that was quite stormy with a great climactic fight and music to lead the way.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I have to agree with the other nay-sayers

    I don't understand why the Clannad song was cut and the remastering of the audio seems to be maligned as well. It's either that or several excellent lines were cut. Still enjoyed the film though. James Fenimore Cooper’ epic tale of Hawkeye (Daniel Day-Lewis) and his Native American father Chingachook (Russell Means) is retold in a visually stunning remake by Michael Mann. The setting is during the French and Indian War and the heroine Cora Munroe (Madeline Stowe) is being escorted, along with her sister Alice (Johdi May) by Major Duncan Heywood and a Mohawk scout named Magwa (Wes Studi) to rendezvous with their father, Col. Munroe (Maurice Roeves) at Fort William Henry. Along the way, an Indian raiding party ambushes their party. Hawkeye, his Mohican Brother Ingclaus (Eric Schweig) and Chingachook come to their aid and lead them to the fort. A romance blossoms between Cora and Hawkeye as they travel through the colonial villages to the Fort and soon become inseparable to the point that Hawkeye stays behind at the Fort after helping the local militia to leave the Fort to protect their homes against the orders of the Colonel to face the music for his actions. This is an old fashioned romantic adventure with a beautiful soundtrack featuring an amazing song on the original cut by Clannad that should have won an Oscar, breathtaking cinematography, tense action and a deep sense of respect for the history of the period and for Native Americans as well. R- Violence

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Not as good as the original cut, but still worth seeing it

    While this remains a great film with an excellent story, music score, and photography (impressive landscape views, enjoyable especially if you have been to North Carolina's Blue Ridge and Great Smokey Mountain region), I have to agree that the cuts are quite irritating if you know the film in its original version. It seems that the director wanted to push new scenes into the film while not going beyond the 2-hour limit of a single-layer DVD. Too bad, let's see if there will be a "Classic Cut" version on DVD some time. Obviously, the audience would appreciate it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    should be called director's "cut edition"

    I was so disappointed when I watched this dvd. The beautiful song by Clannad, in Native American tongues, was cut out. WHY???? The video version is better, and I highly recommend that instead. The soundtrack was gorgeous, but more so with that song. Thumbs down for that cut!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Not the movie I remember

    So I'm not the only one who finds more was subtracted than added in this "extended version" . . . I loved this movie back when VHS was still cutting edge, and I had fond memories of the music and gritty action. Some years went by, and I finally decided to add Last of the Mohicans to my DVD collection. And what do I find? Some mildly interesting additions - Duncan's skirmish outside the fort is fun - but in other places, scenes removed or edited for no discernable reason. Where did the wonderful song "I Will Find You" go? Why did he take out Nathanial's repartee when Duncan has a gun pointed to his head during the river escape? And what was wrong with Chingachkook's (spelling? . . .) coup de grace on Magua at the end? These might seem like small things but taken together they make for a very different movie from the one I enjoyed years before. I sincerely hope another "director's cut" becomes available otherwise, I'm gonna have to dig out my VHS player and find the original, because this new cut is certainly not the best version of the movie.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Poor editing choices

    Last of the Mohicans, the original cut, is one of the best movies ever. However, I was disappointed in this version. I do not understand why the wonderful song "I Will Find You" by Clannad was dropped. I also found this ending a little too long. I watch my old VCR version rather than this one. Sad.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Director's cut... cut out too much

    The movie itself, as originally presented, in movie houses & on VHS, rates 5 stars. Unfortunately, in the director's cut, the beautiful song by the group Clannad, "I will find you", was cut. For that reason, this particular DVD version deserves a 2 star (disappointing) rating. This specific loss lessened the movie, & is a real disappointment. A director's cut should enhance a movie, not take away from it. Although almost the same, the ending in the original VHS was more powerful... crisper; the new DVD ending kind of drags. I was replacing my VHS copy with DVD. But now I'll hang on to the VHS version. I'll still watch it, because it's a favorite, but now only on VHS. I'll also keep looking to see if they ever do a DVD with all the music intact. If they do... I'll snap it up in a minute. The original VHS version has one of the most beautiful scores ever presented in a movie. This DVD was a let down.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2004

    I Never Tire Of It

    An excellent depiction of another time and place in America. The theme music is also a continual enjoyment. During a PBS concert of Scottish music, there was a violin performance of 'The Gael,' a theme from a scene in the movie. I recognized it immediately and was surprised to learn that it is of Scottish origin. Though brief, the conversations between Daniel Day-Lewis (Hawkeye) and Russell Means (Chingachgook) in their native tongue are nearly poetic.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Excellent and Accurate (mostly)

    This is probably the only modern movie about the French and Indian War that has good merit. Even though it's a fictional story, many things were very well-done and historically-correct. The soldiers, officers, militia, uniforms and equipment were very nicely done, and they show how warfare was applied in the 18th Century, with the siege, the British and French negotiations, even the ambushes and individual fighting scenes. Aside from it's historical correctness, the movie has a great soundtrack, and the acting is very enjoyable. Great cinematography too. The only stupid, corny thing is Daniel Day-Lewis shooting off two big rifles, one in each hand, and hitting two moving targets while he's running up a rocky path. As a Revolutionary War reenactor, I can attest to the weight and bulkiness of such weapons which would make such usage virtually impossible, not to mention the fact that he assumes that every gun is loaded, cocked, and ready to fire. Otherwise, this is an awesome movie.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Theme Song Edited Out

    For the most part, the editing choices praised or chided by other reviewers tend to balance themselves out...some additional footage is valuable while - as one viewer noted - excellent lines by Daniel Day-Lewis ended up on the editing floor. However, the most jarring editing choice was that of eliminating entirely the compelling song, 'I Will Find You' (by Irish group Clannad), from the scenes in which Hawkeye, Chingachgook, and Uncas track the Huron war party who have taken the Munro sisters. Rarely do vocal pieces work so powerfully to reinforce the on-screen action, and it is unfortunate that the producers saw fit to make this particular editing choice. In all, however, this remains a riveting tale, highlighted by the dramatic and breathtaking photography of Dante Spinotti.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Loved it!

    I loved the movie. I have been watching it since i was a little kid, but it wasn't untill i hit 7th grade that i understood the movie. i thought that the plot was great and the acting too. I am now in 10th grade and reading the book and I love it. I do find some parts difficult to understand, but after seeing the movie, I understand parts that others wouldn't.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    DVD Directors Cut ruins original theater release

    Someone else wrote that there were 2 things wrong with the directors cut of the dvd release. I agree 100% with that person's opinion and will not repeat them here. There is a 3rd reason and is in what I thought to be one of the most poignant scenes in the movie: When the 3 ''heroes'' of the movie are running up the stony mountainside to rescue the women. The original theater release has a song by Clannad, ''I Will Find You'' playing. It is perfect for that scene. The haunting beauty of the song almost contradicts the scene, yet doesn't.... it was such a perfect song for that scene. And on the dvd, they left the scene, but changed the song. The disappointment hit me like a ton of bricks when I noticed it, because I have seen this movie at least a dozen times. I guess I will have to stick with watching the video....

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