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.