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The Last of the Mohicans (1936)

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Randolph Scott has one of his best roles as Hawkeye in this exciting film adaptation of James Fenimore Cooper's often filmed novel. During the brutal French and Indian War, Hawkeye is prevailed upon to escort Major Duncan Heyward (Henry Wilcoxon), and the two daughters of Fort William Henry commander Colonel Munro (Hugh Buckler) -- Alice (Binnie Barnes) and Cora (Heather Angel) -- to safety through enemy lines. Hawkeye is assisted by his Indian friend Chingachgook (Robert Barrat), and Uncas (Philip Reed), Chingachgook's son; the two are the last survivors of the Mohican tribe. During their travels to the fort, Alice falls in love with Hawkeye, while Cora falls in love with Uncas. But along the way, the band is continually harassed by the demonic Huron Indian Magua (Bruce Cabot). Magua causes the deaths of Cora and Uncas, while the British are attacked by the Hurons and the French and forced to flee Fort William Henry. Hawkeye is taken prisoner by the brutal Hurons and Maj. Heyward must organize a band to rescue Hawkeye before he is tortured to death.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure
Directed By:
Written By: Philip Dunne, John L. Balderston, Paul Perez, Daniel K. Moore
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 28, 2000
Runtime:
Live Home Video

Cast

Henry Wilcoxon
as Major Heyward
Hugh Buckler
as Col. Munro
Robert H. Barrat
as Chingachgook
Willard Robertson
as Capt.Winthrop
Frank McGlynn Sr.
as David Gamut
Will Stanton
as Jenkins
Olaf Hytten
as King George II
Lumsden Hare
as Gen. John Abercrombi...
Reginald Barlow
as Duke of Newcastle
William Stack
as Gen. Montcalm
Art Dupuis
as De Lewis
Art Du Puis
as De Levis
Ian Maclaren
as William Pitt
Claude King
as Duke of Marlborough
John Sutton
as British Officer
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Critic Reviews for The Last of the Mohicans

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (2)

Full Review… | July 22, 2008
Variety
Top Critic

Full Review… | August 8, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

... an exciting and involving screen version, with Scott as a strong-willed but civilized Hawkeye ...

Full Review… | May 19, 2012
Seanax.com

A lively rendition of James Fenimore Cooper's classic action novel.

Full Review… | March 30, 2005
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Full Review… | May 24, 2003
Film4

Audience Reviews for The Last of the Mohicans

good version of this it sticks closer 2 the book than say the latest 1992 daniel day lewis version esp about the fates of certain characters

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Based upon the one of the most popular novels of all time, written by James Fenimore Cooper, this story follows the battle between the colonists, the French, who have teamed with the Indians through the eyes of a white man raised by Indians (Randolf Scott) who now consider him one of their own.

This movie is certainly not an epic classic. However, it's a fairly good time-waster.

First of all, due to 1936 technology, it is sometimes hard to hear the actors when they are not near the microphone, or when they are facing away from the position of the microphone. Another problem was that it was painfully obvious that the majority of the outdoor scenes were obviously done on a soundstage.

I was also not impressed with the majority of the cast. First of all, I felt little, if any, chemistry between all the major players. I also found many supporting cast members, as well as a few of the main cast, were just receiting their lines to each other. I just couldn't find most of the cast believable in their roles.

There is very mild violence, with absolutely no blood. You get people shot on-screen, or struck with a tomahawk, but there was no amount of blood at all. However, this is because of the censors at the time. There is also no strong language. Parents should be aware that there is absolutely nothing in this film that is inapropriate for children. The closest thing they come to anything pretty violent is one fist fight, where they speed the film up for a second.

The wardrobe is one of the few things that I liked in this movie. The costumes appeared to be authentic, from the period miltary uniforms to even the Indian clothing.

As for the soundtrack, there really isn't one. You get music during the opening and closing credits, music during a party scene and an American classic sung by extras. However, I have seen other movies from this era, and they are similar with music.

Even editing is poor in this film. Close-ups are poorly placed in scenes, and they are obvious.

I really couldn't get into this movie, and I doubt you could too. Check it out on television only if there is absolutely nothing else on.

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