February 10th, 2014: The Last of the Mohicans (1992)

Cast and Crew:  Pete Postlethwaite, Colm Meaney, Dylan Baker,

What It’s About: During the French and Indian War, frontiersman Hawkeye (Daniel Day-Lewis) and his adopted family, the Mohicans Chingachgook (Russell Means) and Uncas (Eric Schweig), side with the English against the French and their allies the Hurons.  When the duplicitous Magua (Wes Studi) kidnaps Colonel Munro’s (Maurice Roeves) daughters Cora (Madeleine Stowe) and Alice (Jodhi May), Hawkeye, Chingachgook and Uncas  must travel across the wilderness to find them.

Why Watch it Today?: The Treaty of Paris, which ended the French and Indian War, was signed today in 1763.  The Last of the Mohicans, by James Fenimore Cooper, is by far the most famous fictional tale set during the war, and this is the most recent of twenty adaptations to film and television.  Director Michael Mann works from James L. Balderston’s script for the 1936 adaptation, and plays fast-and-loose with the events and characters of the novel to deliver a rousing (and beautiful looking) Adventure-Romance.


2 comments on “February 10th, 2014: The Last of the Mohicans (1992)

  1. Chad says:

    Looking forward to the review, in addition to the summary. I always enjoyed the film (for what it is, ignoring such little things as history), and thought it was very well produced, filmed, and scored. Most of the acting is acceptable. Any other time I’ve seen Daniel Day Lewis, however, it’s been in roles vastly different from this one, and I can’t help but feel that this was a one-off for him.

    Perhaps I will always have a soft spot for the film as one of the first I saw when I was old enough to go to the theater without any parental supervision.

    • professormortis says:

      I really do need to re-watch this one myself, having read the (horrible) novel recently; and hey, Michael Mann didn’t ignore history anymore than James Fenimore Cooper did. I actually only saw this for the first time in the last five or six years as the Baroness is a big fan of it (she dislikes the cut that’s available on DVD, though; I guess she preferred that theatrical release to the “Director’s Cut”).

      For the record, I believe the first film I saw without anyone’s parents around was Ghostbusters II of all things; think you caught a better one there.

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