The Last of the Mohicans (1971)

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Filmed in the Scottish Highlands, this elaborate British TV adaptation of James Fenimore Cooper's novel The Last of the Mohicans starred Kenneth Ives as intrepid 18th century Indian scout Hawkeye (aka Natty Bumppo) and John Abineri as his loyal Native American blood brother Chingachook. Set in Canada during the French and Indian Wars, the story found Hawkeye doing his best to safeguard the lives of Col. Munro (Andrew Crawford), his daughters Cora (Patricia Maynard) and Alice (Joanna David), and the other British settlers at Fort William Henry. The fly in the ointment was the villainous, bloodthirsty Indian warrior Magua (Philip Madoc), who had his own plans for the toothsome Munro girls. In contrast, noble Mohican Uncas hoped to save Alice and especially Cora from the evil Magua, and to bring the Indians and white settlers together in peaceful coexistence. Originally broadcast by the BBC from January 17 to February 28, 1971, the eight 45-minute episodes of The Last of the Mohicans were later shown in America on the PBS anthology Masterpiece Theater beginning March 26, 1972. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
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It probably gets closer to the novel than any other version I've seen and provides an exciting, thoughtful actioner your whole family will enjoy.

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This mini-series apparently sticks very closely to the James Fenimore Cooper book, which I haven't read, and that's part of the problem. It's very slow and tedious to watch. If I want every detail of the book, I'll read the book. The production values were awful even by 1971 standards. All of the outdoor scenes are filmed and the indoor scenes taped so transitions are very jarring. The Indians all look and talk like Brits with lots of brown makeup and bad Planet of the Apes wigs, the acting is stilted, and the sets look very daytime soap opera. The movie did pick up a little bit midway through and some of the action scenes were good. Someone needs to make a movie version of this story that's a happy medium between the Daniel Day-Lewis version (which is entertaining but phoney) and this.

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