Drums Along the Mohawk (1939)

Drums Along the Mohawk


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Set just prior to the Revolutionary War, this historical adventure follows the struggle for a newlywed couple to make a home and life in upper New York state's Mohawk Valley. A beautifully rendered epic, it follows them as they endure brutal Indian attacks, lose everything and slowly work hard to gain it all back. This was filmmaker John Ford's first color feature and he spared no expense in making his production as historically accurate as possible. Most of the film was shot on location in the … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Western, Action & Adventure, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Lamar Trotti, Sonya Levien
In Theaters:
On DVD: May 24, 2005


as Lana (Magdelana)

as Gilbert Martin

as Mrs. McKlennar

as Caldwell

as Christian Reall

as Mary Reall

as Mrs. Weaver

as Rev. Rosenkrantz

as John Weaver

as Gen. Nicholas Herkim...

as Joe Boleo

as Adam Hartman

as Mrs. DeMooth

as Dr. Petry

as Innkeeper

as Jacob Small

as Amos Hartman

as George Weaver

as Dr. Robert Johnson

as Capt. Mark DeMooth

as Mrs. Reall

as Rev. Daniel Gros

as Mr. Borst

as Mrs. Borst

as Capt. Morgan

as General

as Indian

as Paymaster

as Pioneer Woman
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Critic Reviews for Drums Along the Mohawk

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (2)

Full Review… | January 28, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Duty leads to detachment, as is typical in Ford, and there are sterling examples here of resolute stoicism triumphing over hysteria.

Full Review… | August 16, 2012

Visually very pleasing.

Full Review… | December 11, 2007
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

a revelation

Full Review… | October 19, 2007

It was Ford's first film in color and contains at least a handful of his most beautifully composed moments.

Full Review… | August 22, 2005
Combustible Celluloid

Audience Reviews for Drums Along the Mohawk

Admittedly not Ford's best, not even his best in 1939 but Drums Along the Mohawk is still one of the better movies about the American Revolution and it contains some of Ford's most beautiful compositions.

Bob Stinson

Super Reviewer

full of stereotypes, especially the description of indians as ape-like barbarians or christianity-converted dim-witts. i watched it just because i was curious how claudette colbert looks in color movies, and her costumes are sorta plain without the genius touch of paramout's travis banton, not doing colbert justice. henry fonda feels lacklusterly awkward with his un-becoming pig-tail. the reason i could be able to abscent-mindedly finish viewing it is its striking photography of inland wilderness, and how soothingly wide the blue sky is rendered along with limitlessly grand pastures, cliffy hills and the massive forests of tall pines(who knows what kind of tree is that..)..it manifests the aloof charm of primitive inland america despite the people in it weren't (portrayed) half as charming as its breath-taking landscapes. i would certainly watch it again to doze off while gazing at those striking views of celluloid nature.

Veronique Kwak

Super Reviewer

It would have been emotionally uplifting at the time it was released, but it doesn't hold up today.

Edward Boxler

Super Reviewer

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