The Last of the Mohicans
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For detailed information about the amounts and types of (a) sex and nudity, (b) violence and gore, (c) profanity, (d) alcohol, drugs, and smoking, and (e) frightening and intense scenes in this movie, consult the IMDb Parents Guide for this movie. The Parents Guide for The Last of the MOhicans can be found here.

Set in 1757, during the French and Indian War for control of the North American colonies, the two last members of a dying Mohican Indian tribe, Chingachgook (Russell Means) and his son Uncas (Eric Schweig), along with an adopted white man, Nathaniel 'Hawkeye' Poe (Daniel Day-Lewis), agree to accompany the two daughters, Cora (Madeleine Stowe) and Alice (Jodhi May), of British Colonel Edmund Munro (Maurice Roëves) to Fort William Henry in Albany, New York. Along the way, they must fight French soldiers and a vengeful Huron warrior named Magua (Wes Studi), who has vowed to kill the Colonel and his daughters to avenge a past injustice.

The screenplay for this movie, written by American film-makers Michael Mann (who also directed the movie) and Christopher Crowe, was adapted in part from The Last of the Mohicans: A Narrative of 1757 (1826), a novel by American author James Fenimore Cooper [1789-1851], as well as from a previous film adaptation, The Last of the Mohicans (1936).

Poe is charged with sedition and sentenced to be hanged. It basically means 'making trouble against the government.' Sedition can range from simple incitement to rebel all the way to high treason.

Magua explains to General Montcalm (Patrice Chéreau) that his 'village and lodges were burned. Magua's children were killed by the English. I was taken a slave by the Mohawk who fought for the Grey Hair. Magua's wife believed he was dead and became the wife of another man. Magua became blood brother to the Mohawk, to be free. But always in his heart, he is Huron. And his heart will be whole again on the day the Grey Hair and all his seed are dead.'

Magua resentfully leaves the Huron village with Alice, while Poe and Cora rejoin Chingachgook and Uncas, but not until Poe shoots Duncan (Steven Waddington) to ease his suffering at being burned alive. Uncas runs ahead to catch up with Magua and rescue Alice. He manages to kill a few of Magua's warriors, but Magua winds up slicing his abdomen, stabbing him in the side, slitting his neck, and pushing him off a cliff before Chingachgook and Poe can catch up. Seeing Uncas go to his death, Alice inches close to the edge of the cliff. Magua reaches his hand out to her, but she allows herself to wordlessly topple over and join Uncas. When Poe catches up, he shoots several more warriors with his long rifles while Chingachgook goes after Magua to avenge his son's death, eventually slicing Magua's abdomen open, too. In the final scene, Chingachgook, Poe, and Cora stand together at the edge of a cliff in silent ritual for Uncas' passing. Chingachgook then says a prayer to the Great Spirit, asking him to welcome Uncas into the Great Warrior's Council Fire and to ask all of his people who have gone before to await his coming, he who is the last of the Mohicans. Poe holds Cora in his arms as he and Chingachgook look sadly across the pristine hills and valleys.

It's called a Gunstock club. This basic type of weapon was carried by many native American tribes dating back over a thousand years.

A very detailed comparison between the Theatrical Version and the Director's Cut with pictures can be found here.

Yes, it is. The Blu-ray includes a version called Director's Definitive Cut, which is very confusing due to the fact, that Michal Mann created a Director's Cut years ago. After all these years, Mann sat down in the editing room once more and did the third cut of his film. This Directors Definitive Cut is clearly more rooted in the theatrical cut and can be described as a mixture between the theatrical cut and the old DC. Here are many differences that do also exist between the theatrical cut and the old Directors Cut. The Director's Definitive Cut mostly restores changes back to the way they were in the theatrical cut or keeps the extensions Mann made for the normal DC. This leads up to a runtime which is only approximately 2 minutes shorter than the old DC. The Director's Definitive Cut-exclusive changes arent of much importance and do not have a major impact on the film since they mostly include inserted shots or other minor bits and pieces. A detailed comparison between the Theatrical Version and the new Director's Definitive Cut with pictures can be found here.

Hawkeye uses a Pennsylvania Flintlock Rifle. More information on it and the other rifles and firearms seen in the movie can be found here.


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