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The Last of the Mohicans (1992)

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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), 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. ~ Paul Brenner, Rovi
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R
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Action & Adventure , Drama , Romance
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Cast

Jodhi May
as Alice
Russell Means
as Chingachgook
Wes Studi
as Magua
Patrice Chéreau
as Gen. Montcalm
Maurice Roëves
as Col. Munro
Edward Blatchford
as Jack Winthrop
Terry Kinney
as John Cameron
Tracey Ellis
as Alexandra Cameron
Pete Postlethwaite
as Capt. Beams
Justin M. Rice
as James Cameron
Dylan Baker
as Bougainville
Benton Jennings
as Scottish Officer
Dennis J. Banks
as Ongewasgone
Colm Meaney
as Major Ambrose
Mac Andrews
as General Webb
David Schofield
as Sergeant Major
Eric D. Sandgren
as Coureuu de Bois
Mike Phillips
as Sachem
Mark A. Baker
as Colonial Man
Gregory Zaragoza
as Abenaki Chief
Scott Means
as Abenaki Warrior
William J. Bozic Jr.
as French Artillery Officer
Patrick Fitzgerald
as Webb's Adjutant
Mark Joy
as Henri
Steve Keator
as Colonial Representative
Don Tilley
as 1st Colonial
Thomas E. Cummings
as 2nd Colonial
Ethan James Fugate
as French Sappeur
Curtis F. Gaston
as 1st Soldier
Eric A. Hurley
as 2nd Soldier
Jared Harris
as British Lieutenant
Thomas John McGowan
as Rich Merchant
Alice Papineau
as Huron Woman
Mark J. Maracle
as Sharitarish
Clark Heathcliffe Brolly
as Regimental Sergeant Major
Joe Finnegan
as 2nd Redcoat
Sheila Adams Barnhill
as Humming Woman
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All Critics (36) | Top Critics (8)

...the action is richly detailed and thrillingly staged.

May 12, 2001
Rolling Stone
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...not as authentic and uncompromised as it claims to be - more of a matinee fantasy than it wants to admit - but it is probably more entertaining as a result.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
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Mann wasn't thinking story, he was thinking scheme. Keep the eyes and ears dazzled, he reasons, and the substance will follow.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
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Painstakingly, breathtakingly re-created by director Michael Mann, this landscape makes room for heroes with principles greater than the circumference of their biceps.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
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He conceives of the story as if it were a gigantic piece of mood music.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Salon.com
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...big, bold, and gloriously sweeping.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
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Audience Reviews for The Last of the Mohicans

One of the best motion pictures ever made. An emotional, rich journey full of plenty of twists and turns, with the perfect hero to root for in Day-Lewis. The most impressive aspect of the entire film is director Michael Mann's eye for scenery - as this movie contains some of the most breathtaking in cinematic history. The love story between Lewis and Stowe is constructed beautifully, and the plot is paced to utter perfection. In addition, Wes Studi turns in a frightening, unforgettable performance as a man stripped of basic human emotions, whose thirst for revenge is what makes him so terrifying, since that is about all that drives him. The ending of the film is simply magnificent, and I have to say out of all the movies I've seen, this one features the best finale to a film that I can recall. It is intense, beautiful, stirring, and ultimately tragic but perfectly executed - I'm moved everytime I see it, and that's a testimony to the movie's ability to harness its power even after all the times I've viewed it. The score is also the best of the films I've seen - what a soaring soundtrack. Without question Michael Mann's best film, and one of my all-time favorite movies.

Dan Schultz
Dan Schultz

Super Reviewer

½

A romance hiding in an adventure story posing as classical literature ... Day Lewis is up to the task as a white man bred amongst savages and nobler for it: "Me no lie!" Stowe breathes heavily in response. A good score and lush visuals aid the proceedings.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

"The Last of the Mohicans" has many things going for it, with powerful acting and a story that is just good enough to make the overall impact great. This film takes place during the mid 1700's when the war between the French and The Indians was underway. It follows one man (Hawkeye) who leads his tribe and falls in love along the way. At times, this film feels more like a love story that is complimented with war scenes, rather than the other way around. I did find myself a bit bored at times, but by the end of the film I appreciated everything and I had a great time. The visuals are great for 1992, the acting is superb, the dialogue is very sharp, and the action does not disappoint, although there could have been a little more and the pacing could have been handled a little better. "The Last of the Mohicans" is a very very good war film and that is a lot coming from me. I have never been the biggest "war" fan!

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

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