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Hawkeye (Character)
from The Last of the Mohicans (1992)

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The Last of the Mohicans (1992)
British Officer: You call yourself a patriot, and loyal subject to the Crown?
Hawkeye: I do not call myself subject to much at all.

Duncan: There is a war on. How is it you are headed west?
Hawkeye: Well, we kinda face to the north and real sudden-like turn left.

Colonel Munro: And how am I to know it wasn't a raid by thieves?
Hawkeye: The cabin was attacked by a war party fighting with the French. They're sweeping south along the frontier attacking farms and Mohawk villages, all the men are stuck here.
Colonel Munro: I need proof more convincing than this man's opinion before I weaken the fort's defenses by releasing the militia.
Jack Winthrop: Chingachgook had the same opinion about the raid; taken together that's gospel. Your fort will stand or fall depending on Webb's reinforcements, not the presence of the Colonials.
Colonel Munro: I judge military matters here, not you.
Hawkeye: Your judgment is not more important than their right under agreement with Webb to defend their farms and families. Major Hayward was there, he was at John Cameron's, he saw what it was.
Colonel Munro: What exactly did you see Major?
Duncan: [glancing at Cora] I saw nothing that would lead me to the conclusion that it was other than a raid by savages bent on thievery.
Hawkeye: You're a liar.
Colonel Munro: [as Duncan lunges for Hawkeye] Major!
[to Hawkeye]
Colonel Munro: Montcalm is a soldier and a gentleman, not a butcher.
Hawkeye: Easy for you to suppose, it's their women and children on the farms, not yours!
Colonel Munro: You forget yourself, sir.
Jack Winthrop: We're not forgetting Webb's promise.
Colonel Munro: British promises are honored. And the militia will not be released, because I need more definite proof than this man's word.
Jack Winthrop: Nathaniel's word's been good on thie frontier a long time before you got here.
Colonel Munro: This meeting is over, the militia stays.
Jack Winthrop: Does the rule of English law no longer govern? Has it been replaced by absolutism?
Hawkeye: If English law cannot be trusted maybe these people would do better making their own peace with the French.
Duncan: That is sedition!
Hawkeye: That is the truth.
Duncan: I'll have you beaten from this fort!
Hawkeye: Someday, I think you and I are going to have a serious disagreement.
Colonel Munro: Anyone fomenting or advocating the leaving of Fort William Henry will be hung for sedition. Anyone actually CAUGHT leaving will be shot for desertion. Now my decision is final. Get out!

Hawkeye: It was a war party. That means they're going to be attacking up and down the frontier.

Cora Munro: A breed apart, we make no sense?
Hawkeye: In your particular case, Miss, I'd make an allowance.
Cora Munro: Thank you so much.

Cora Munro: Why were those people living in this defenseless place?
Hawkeye: After seven years indentured service in Virginia, they headed out here 'cause the frontier's the only land available to poor people. Out here, they're beholden to none. Not living by another's leave.

Hawkeye: We just dropped in to see how you boys was doing.

Hawkeye: Someday I think you and I are going to have a serious disagreement.

Cora Munro: What are you looking at, sir?
Hawkeye: I'm looking at you, miss.

Cora Munro: They're going to hang you. Why didn't you leave when you had the chance?
Hawkeye: Because what I'm interested in is right here.

Hawkeye: I am Le Longue Carabine! My death is a great honor to the Huron, take me!

Hawkeye: My father's people say that at the birth of the sun and of his brother the moon, their mother died. So the sun gave to the earth her body, from which was to spring all life. And he drew forth from her breast the stars, and the stars he threw into the night sky to remind him of her soul. So there's the Cameron's monument. My folks' too, I guess.
Cora Munro: You are right, Mr. Poe. We do not understand what is happening here. And it's not as I imagined it would be, thinking of it in Boston and in London...
Hawkeye: Sorry to disappoint you.
Cora Munro: No, on the contrary. It is more deeply stirring to my blood than any imagining could possibly have been.

Hawkeye: [taking Duncan's gun away] In case your aim's any better than your judgment.

Hawkeye: My father warned me about you...
Cora Munro: [interupting] Your Father?
Hawkeye: Chingachgook, he warned me about people like you.
Cora Munro: Oh, he did?
Hawkeye: He said "Do not try to understand them".
Cora Munro: What?
Hawkeye: Yes, and, "do not try to make them understand you. That is because they are a breed apart and make no sense".

Hawkeye: No! You stay alive! If they don't kill you, they'll take you north up to the Huron lands. Submit, do you hear? You're strong! You survive! You stay alive, no matter what occurs! I will find you! No matter how long it takes, no matter how far. I will find you!

Jack Winthrop: You're not coming with us?
Hawkeye: I've got a reason to stay.
Jack Winthrop: That reason wear a striped skirt and work in the surgery?
Hawkeye: It does. No offense, but it's a better looking reason than you, Jack Winthrop.

[last lines]
[Director's Expanded Edition]
Chingachgook: The frontier moves with the sun and pushes the Red Man of these wilderness forests in front of it until one day there will be nowhere left. Then our race will be no more, or be not us.
Hawkeye: That is my father's sadness talking.
Chingachgook: No, it is true. The frontier place is for people like my white son and his woman and their children. And one day there will be no more frontier. And men like you will go too, like the Mohicans. And new people will come, work, struggle. Some will make their life. But once, we were here.

Maj. Duncan Heyward: I thought all our colonial scouts were in the militia. The militia is fighting the French in the north.
Hawkeye: I ain't your scout. And we sure ain't no damn militia.

[Duncan aims a pistol at Hawkeye]
Hawkeye: Haven't you got anything better to do on the lake today, Major?
Duncan: [puts away his pistol] When you fall back into English hands I'll have you hanged!

Hawkeye: Take me!
Duncan: [as he is being forced away] My compliments, sir! Take her and get out!
Cora Munro: Duncan! What are they doing to Duncan?

Duncan: [after Uncas spooks the horses to chase them off] Why is he loosing the horses?
Hawkeye: Why don't you ask him?
Uncas: Too easy to track; they'd be heard for miles. Find yourself a musket.

Hawkeye: I'm Nathaniel of the Yengeese. Hawkeye, adopted son of Chingachgook of the Mohican people. Let the children of the dead Munro and the Yengeese officer go free. This belt which is the record of the days of my father's people speaks for my truth.


The Last of the Mohicans (1936)
Hawkeye: How is Uncas?
Chingachgook: Bad. Got squaw fever.

Hawkeye: Major, I'll bet that's the best shot you ever made in all your life.

Hawkeye: Magua? I wonder what that weasel's doing here?
Chingachgook: Him scout for Yank-gees. Mohawks take him in tribe - make him blood brother.
Hawkeye: Mohawk? He was born a Huron. I bet a rifle against a powder horn he's still a Huron.

Hawkeye: Scalps to the Indians, Major, are like your medals and gotten by the same means. Killing.

Cora: [Hears howling in the distance] What's that? Wolves?
Hawkeye: On two legs and headed this way. Follow me.

Hawkeye: I wonder if you can understand, what it means to be first.
Alice: I think I can.

Hawkeye: Major, any reward I got coming from you - I can do without.

Alice: It seems you have a healthy contempt for everything British, haven't you?
Hawkeye: I haven't noticed the British busting any cheers whenever they see me.


"Hawkeye and the Last of the Mohicans: Hawkeye's Homecoming (#1.1)" (1957)
[first lines]
Nat 'Hawkeye' Cutler: Don't shoot! I surrender!
Mrs. Cutler: Nat! I might have know it was you. Nobody else could hit that iron from across the clearing. Chingachgook, welcome to my home again!
Chingachgook: Greetings to the mother of Hawkeye.

Chingachgook: Red man never carries tommyhawk or knife that belongs to enemy - bad medicine.
Nat 'Hawkeye' Cutler: Well, I'm going to carry it and the bad luck will be his!

[last lines]
Colonel Thorne: I wish to offer you, Hawkeye, the post of Chief of Scouts with the rank of Captain.
Captain West: You would honor the service by accepting.
Nat 'Hawkeye' Cutler: That's a real compliment, Colonel, but I reckon me and army regulations, we just don't get along somehow. Besides, Chingachgook and I were planning on heading out for some new hunting grounds west of the Big Smoky Mountains, where the grass is tall and green and there aren't any wars going on. Thanks anyhow. Goodbye.
Marion Thorne: Hawkeye, it's always like that on the other side of the mountain - until you're there.
Nat 'Hawkeye' Cutler: Seems that way, ma'am, but it doesn't stop a fellow from wanting to find out for himself.


"Hawkeye: The Siege (#1.5)" (1994)
Elizabeth Shields: Can I ask you something?
Natty 'Hawkeye' Bumppo: Don't know how I can stop you.
Elizabeth Shields: Why are you angry?
Natty 'Hawkeye' Bumppo: This isn't how it was planned.
Elizabeth Shields: So that's what this is about, that you were wrong about something?
Natty 'Hawkeye' Bumppo: What it's about is that I should have learned to speak French.
Elizabeth Shields: So you wouldn't have to haul me along with you?
Natty 'Hawkeye' Bumppo: Exactly!
Elizabeth Shields: Well I certainly never planned to be a part of this war.
Natty 'Hawkeye' Bumppo: Neither did I.

[after escaping from French soldiers, Chingachgook finally makes the rendezvous with Hawkeye and Elizabeth]
Natty 'Hawkeye' Bumppo: And where in the Creator's name have you been?
[goes to take supplies from Chingachgook]
Chingachgook: [holds them out of Hawkeye's reach and prompts him for a thank-you] "Thank you for saving our lives, Chingachgook."
Elizabeth Shields: [still out of breath from running] Thank you for saving our lives, Chingachkook.
Chingachgook: [hands supplies over to Hawkeye and smiles at her] My pleasure, Mrs. Shields.
[shoots Hawkeye an annoyed look]


"The Last of the Mohicans: Part 2 (#1.2)" (1971)
Hawkeye: [to Major Heyward, who has doubts about the Mohicans] I've know Chingachgook ever since we were both young. I knew Uncas' mother. I've known Uncas since he was born. Major Heyward, I do not know *you*!

Hawkeye: Uncas, whose son are you?
Uncas: [looks first at Hawkeye, then at Major Heyward] I am the son of Chingachgook.
Hawkeye: [to Major Heyward] Yes, and I wish he was mine.


Last of the Mohicans (1977) (TV)
Maj. Duncan Heyward: What will happen to Chingachgook now?
Hawkeye: It takes a Mohican only minutes to bury his dead...but many moons to bury his grief. He'll wander the hills alone until he's ready to come down. Then we'll both go back into the forest and try to find what we lost.
Maj. Duncan Heyward: What is that?
Hawkeye: Peace. Peace, Major. The most precious thing a man can have. Chingachgook and me, we'll help those who want to see peace grow.


"The Last of the Mohicans: Part 3 (#1.3)" (1971)
Hawkeye: Tonight we sleep with the dead.


"Hawkeye and the Last of the Mohicans: False Witness (#1.13)" (1957)
[refusing to trade liquor for pelts]
Nat 'Hawkeye' Cutler: In hunting and trapping, a man must learn to take the bad with the good. Some seasons you get plenty of furs; others aren't so good. This is never good for the Indian.


"Hawkeye: The Furlough (#1.4)" (1994)
[Hawkeye cites the parable of the Good Samaritan]
Chingachgook: Samaritan? What tribe is that?
Natty 'Hawkeye' Bumppo: A good tribe.


"Hawkeye and the Last of the Mohicans: Way Station (#1.16)" (1957)
[first lines]
[Chingachgook spots a feather hanging over the path he and Hawkeye are walking]
Chingachgook: Feather of Nocona, chief of the Mingo tribe. Feather say, "white man not welcome".
Nat 'Hawkeye' Cutler: Well, I guess this bears out the rumors we had back at the fort about the Mingos wanting to go back on the warpath.
Chingachgook: Chief warn white man: stay away!
Nat 'Hawkeye' Cutler: I came out here to see Chief Nocona and find out why he's breaking the treaty, and no feather is going to stop me!


"Hawkeye and the Last of the Mohicans: The Promised Valley (#1.19)" (1957)
Capt. Horatio Watkins: Would you care to ship aboard with us, mateys? We could certainly use a couple of good hands like you.
Nat 'Hawkeye' Cutler: No, I reckon not, Captain.
Chingachgook: No, cannot paddle canoe on dry land. Hawkeye and me want to find new rivers, new lakes - only way to be happy.