Drums Along the Mohawk Reviews

  • Jul 23, 2020

    OK western with some anachronistic ideas.

    OK western with some anachronistic ideas.

  • Jul 07, 2020

    Corny yes, but great Upstate NY history. The British actually successfully ambushed the Americans but the Indians deserted after the battle. The real attack on Fort Stanwix was very short with few casualties.

    Corny yes, but great Upstate NY history. The British actually successfully ambushed the Americans but the Indians deserted after the battle. The real attack on Fort Stanwix was very short with few casualties.

  • Mar 02, 2020

    Saw this for Ford and the for the historical take on the time period. It was reasonably good, but the hollywood stereotypes distracted from making this a truly good film that will last.

    Saw this for Ford and the for the historical take on the time period. It was reasonably good, but the hollywood stereotypes distracted from making this a truly good film that will last.

  • Feb 21, 2020

    Maybe the best movie about the American Revolution, at least the fronter war, ever made. Colbert and Fonda are amazing, plus a great supporting cast, especially Edna May Oliver and the usual John Ford Regulars. The most amazng scene maybe is Gil describing the battle he was just in as Lana cares for his wounds.

    Maybe the best movie about the American Revolution, at least the fronter war, ever made. Colbert and Fonda are amazing, plus a great supporting cast, especially Edna May Oliver and the usual John Ford Regulars. The most amazng scene maybe is Gil describing the battle he was just in as Lana cares for his wounds.

  • May 21, 2018

    This has actually been on of my favorite films since I was a kid. While it may not be the masterpiece of one of the top five greatest Hollywood directors, I always found it entertaining. This film is not an historically accurate piece and is probably slow paced compared to films today. But it does introduce later generations to the frontier aspect of colonial America, that is so rarely portrayed. Many films and shows depict the cities and the generals. This film shows us the farms and the farmers. It also refuses to perpetuate the myth of the noble savage, so there's that.

    This has actually been on of my favorite films since I was a kid. While it may not be the masterpiece of one of the top five greatest Hollywood directors, I always found it entertaining. This film is not an historically accurate piece and is probably slow paced compared to films today. But it does introduce later generations to the frontier aspect of colonial America, that is so rarely portrayed. Many films and shows depict the cities and the generals. This film shows us the farms and the farmers. It also refuses to perpetuate the myth of the noble savage, so there's that.

  • Sep 25, 2017

    i've watched it at least twice on tv. Interesting 'historically'. The Indian(s) could be better.

    i've watched it at least twice on tv. Interesting 'historically'. The Indian(s) could be better.

  • Feb 24, 2015

    Another reviewer called "Drums" "...one of the better films about the Revolutionary War". Well, yes ... but how many films about the American Revolution can you name? I can think of only "April Morning" and ''The Crossing". (Can't count "Johnny Tremain" -- sorry.) So it's difficult to make a judgment like that, with so little to compare it to. That said, "Drums" does handle the "feel of the times" better than the others mentioned, if not the history itself -- but one must always keep in mind that films are made to make money, not to be models of historical accuracy; and on the cusp of World War II, Ford simply couldn't portray the British as villains as they were fighting for their lives against the Nazis. Which left the Indians to take the blame for pretty much everything, like so many other frontier films of that period. So, subtract a star for Native American stereotypes and historical license -- but it's still a good tale, and cinematically significant as Ford's first color film and Fonda's first major role. Recommended.

    Another reviewer called "Drums" "...one of the better films about the Revolutionary War". Well, yes ... but how many films about the American Revolution can you name? I can think of only "April Morning" and ''The Crossing". (Can't count "Johnny Tremain" -- sorry.) So it's difficult to make a judgment like that, with so little to compare it to. That said, "Drums" does handle the "feel of the times" better than the others mentioned, if not the history itself -- but one must always keep in mind that films are made to make money, not to be models of historical accuracy; and on the cusp of World War II, Ford simply couldn't portray the British as villains as they were fighting for their lives against the Nazis. Which left the Indians to take the blame for pretty much everything, like so many other frontier films of that period. So, subtract a star for Native American stereotypes and historical license -- but it's still a good tale, and cinematically significant as Ford's first color film and Fonda's first major role. Recommended.

  • Jan 30, 2014

    Not one of John Ford's best. But it still has the John Ford epic quality. If you can get beyond the stereotypes. Which honestly were a part of the times that the film was made. It is a good film about life on the frontier during the American Revolution. A sweeping film.

    Not one of John Ford's best. But it still has the John Ford epic quality. If you can get beyond the stereotypes. Which honestly were a part of the times that the film was made. It is a good film about life on the frontier during the American Revolution. A sweeping film.

  • Sep 01, 2013

    Drums Along the Mohawk produced by pioneer Darryl F. Zanuck, directed by John Ford (Stagecoach). Starring legendary Henry Fonda, legendary Claudette Colbert and Edna May Oliver (the standout in the film playing wealthy widow who owns vast farm), Ward Bond (The Searchers), Chief John Big Tree (the hilarious character - when all acted seriously), Russell Simpson. Film is based on the novel of same name by Walter D. Edmonds. This is first color film by John Ford, and so was for Claudette Colbert. Made over the budget of $2 million. Film was nominated for two Academy Awards, namely, Best Supporting Actress for Edna May Oliver, and Best Cinematography. Set in 1776 - during American Revolution on the Albany, New York frontier - Gilbert (Henry Fonda) and Lana (Claudette Colbert) are newlywed couple heading to start their new life at Deerfield at Mohawk Valley. But they are ambushed by Indians and British ; as their house is burnt to ashes. Fabulous photography as well as direction (John Ford) - Film begins mildly, and by caressing your brain with its simple and doable characters, all of whom gave their true dedication of acting (especially the Indian on-the-side-with-Americans / the priest / and other meadow-owners). I shall not tackle the matter of acting; as much as I would like to touch the subject of creating an atmosphere that was complete mastery - and all that credit goes to the crew involved in fabricating that small set-designing.

    Drums Along the Mohawk produced by pioneer Darryl F. Zanuck, directed by John Ford (Stagecoach). Starring legendary Henry Fonda, legendary Claudette Colbert and Edna May Oliver (the standout in the film playing wealthy widow who owns vast farm), Ward Bond (The Searchers), Chief John Big Tree (the hilarious character - when all acted seriously), Russell Simpson. Film is based on the novel of same name by Walter D. Edmonds. This is first color film by John Ford, and so was for Claudette Colbert. Made over the budget of $2 million. Film was nominated for two Academy Awards, namely, Best Supporting Actress for Edna May Oliver, and Best Cinematography. Set in 1776 - during American Revolution on the Albany, New York frontier - Gilbert (Henry Fonda) and Lana (Claudette Colbert) are newlywed couple heading to start their new life at Deerfield at Mohawk Valley. But they are ambushed by Indians and British ; as their house is burnt to ashes. Fabulous photography as well as direction (John Ford) - Film begins mildly, and by caressing your brain with its simple and doable characters, all of whom gave their true dedication of acting (especially the Indian on-the-side-with-Americans / the priest / and other meadow-owners). I shall not tackle the matter of acting; as much as I would like to touch the subject of creating an atmosphere that was complete mastery - and all that credit goes to the crew involved in fabricating that small set-designing.

  • Aug 03, 2013

    Drums Along The Mohawk is a very enjoyable and very underrated historical film. While the film could use more polish in terms of its plot, for the most part, it is a very engaging film that is well written, well acted, action packed when it needs to be, and funny when it wants to be. If you enjoy an interesting historical film, this is one worth checking out because it succeeds in a large portion of the criteria for such films. I'm not particularly sure of why some people seem to hate this film nowadays, but, oh well.

    Drums Along The Mohawk is a very enjoyable and very underrated historical film. While the film could use more polish in terms of its plot, for the most part, it is a very engaging film that is well written, well acted, action packed when it needs to be, and funny when it wants to be. If you enjoy an interesting historical film, this is one worth checking out because it succeeds in a large portion of the criteria for such films. I'm not particularly sure of why some people seem to hate this film nowadays, but, oh well.