The Last of the Mohicans

The Last of the Mohicans

Michael Mann (1992)

107min
12 Certificate
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Our Score
This exciting mix of high adventure, romance and history lesson is wonderfully presented in a colossal, glossy package. Daniel Day-Lewis stars as Hawkeye, the frontiersman raised by Mohicans who gets caught between two cultures when he falls for Cora (Madeleine Stowe), a British army officer's daughter. In the ensuing and, it must be said, often confusing bloody battles involving the French, the British and the native Americans (the scalpings, by the way, are very realistic), he refuses to give up his adopted tribe's cause, or his love. Directed by Michael Mann, this is one of the few war movies that has proved more popular with women than men. It's an admirable effort, but Mann should also have paid more attention to his dialogue, which often sounds too contemporary for the 1750s. However, the well-staged action sequences and his grandiose sense of scale combine to produce an epic that harks back to the good old-fashioned adventure films of Hollywood's heyday.

Summary

An orphaned settler in North America is adopted by the last member of a native tribe following the death of his family. The child grows to become legendary frontiersman Hawkeye, who rescues and falls in love with a British officer's daughter during the Anglo-French War. But a bitter Huron war chief is determined to take revenge against her father by killing her. Michael Mann's historical adventure, based on James Fenimore Cooper's classic tale, starring Daniel Day-Lewis, Madeleine Stowe, Russell Means, Wes Studi, Maurice Roeves and Eric Schweig.

Cast & Crew

Hawkeye Daniel Day-Lewis
Cora Munro Madeleine Stowe
Chingachgook Russell Means
Uncas Eric Schweig
Alice Munro Jodhi May
Major Duncan Heyward Steven Waddington
Magua Wes Studi
Colonel Edmund Munro Maurice Roëves
General Montcalm Patrice Chéreau
John Cameron Terry Kinney
Captain Beams Pete Postlethwaite
Major Ambrose Colm Meaney
Sergeant Major David Schofield
Bougainville Dylan Baker
British lieutenant Jared Harris
Director Michael Mann
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourGuidance: Violence. Available on: video, DVD and Blu-ray
Drama