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The Last of the Mohicans (1992)

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Three trappers protect a British Colonel's daughters in the midst of the French and Indian War.

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Michael Mann

Writers:

James Fenimore Cooper (novel), John L. Balderston (adaptation) | 5 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Daniel Day-Lewis ... Hawkeye (Nathaniel Poe)
Madeleine Stowe ... Cora Munro
Russell Means ... Chingachgook
Eric Schweig ... Uncas
Jodhi May ... Alice Munro
Steven Waddington ... Maj. Duncan Heyward
Wes Studi ... Magua
Maurice Roëves ... Col. Edmund Munro
Patrice Chéreau ... Gen Montcalm
Edward Blatchford Edward Blatchford ... Jack Winthrop
Terry Kinney ... John Cameron
Tracey Ellis ... Alexandra Cameron
Justin M. Rice Justin M. Rice ... James Cameron
Dennis Banks ... Ongewasgone
Pete Postlethwaite ... Capt. Beams
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The last members of a dying Native American tribe, the Mohicans -- Uncas, his father Chingachgook, and his adopted half-white brother Hawkeye -- live in peace alongside British colonists. But when the daughters of a British colonel are kidnapped by a traitorous scout, Hawkeye and Uncas must rescue them in the crossfire of a gruesome military conflict of which they wanted no part: the French and Indian War. Written by Jwelch5742

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The first American hero.


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Rated R for violence | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French | Mohawk

Release Date:

25 September 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El último de los mohicanos See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,976,661, 27 September 1992

Gross USA:

$75,505,856
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Runtime:

| (DVD extended cut)

Sound Mix:

70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)| Dolby (35 mm prints)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Montcalm orders a "Capitaine de Bougainville" to read the captured dispatch from Gen. Webb to Col. Munro. This is almost certainly Louis-Antoine de Bougainville, a French nobleman, soldier, diplomat, and explorer. After serving as Montcalm's aide-de-camp during the siege of Ft William Henry during the Seven Years' War, Bougainville went on to distinguish himself by organizing the relocation of the Acadians to Louisiana, commanding the first circumnavigation by a French fleet, and serving with distinction in the French Navy during the American Revolution. See more »

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During the messenger runner sequence, the sky above Hawkeye and the others changes between shots, showing different cloud patterns and periods of twilight. See more »

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[first lines]
Title Card: 1757 / The American colonies. / It is the 3rd year of the war between England and France for the possession of the continent. / Three men, the last of a vanishing people, are on the frontier west of the Hudson River.
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THE GAEL
Written by Dougie Maclean
Arranged and adapted by Trevor Jones
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Restoration of Dignity to Native Americans, Long Overdue
18 October 2005 | by gradyharpSee all my reviews

James Fenimore Cooper's trusty old nineteenth century novel 'The Last of the Mohicans' has provided a surprisingly sound springboard for a film that tries and succeeds in restoring a profound respect for the Native Americans. Yes, it is a story about the Indians and their culture desecrated by the arrival of European entrepreneurs and colonists all relating to Hawkeye/Nathaniel Poe (Daniel Day-Lewis), who as a child was taken by the Mohawk tribe and raised by wise Chingachgook (Russell Means) with the graceful skills and philosophy of the Native Americans. And it is through his eyes that we are brought into the universe through the eyes of the Indians.

The story is well known and needn't be elaborated once again. Suffice it say that Hawkeye becomes the scout who leads British family Munro including Colonel (Maurice Roëves) and his daughters Cora (Madeleine Stowe) and Alice (Jodhi May) into upstate New York and along the way find altercations with the French and with the Huron Indians, especially one Magua (Wes Studi) whose loathing for Munro's devastation of his village drives him to vengeance against the entire Munro family. Hawkeye and his ally Uncas (Eric Schweig) protect their lieges while steadfastly holding to the honor of their heritage. And of course during the harrowing events Hawkeye and Cora fall in love and Hawkeye takes great risks against his own life to ultimately defend Cora and her family.

Yes, there are many battle scenes, great reenactment of the scenery of the novel, and villains in all camps that provide the stormy progress of the novel. But it is in the quiet moments where Chingachgook speaks about the Great Spirit, the sanctity of nature, and his waiting to join the Great Council in the sky as the last of the Mohicans that the film's power is best communicated. The acting is very fine and the cinematography is splendid. This is a film worth seeing, one whose 117 minutes fly by leaving the viewer with a renewed respect for Native American philosophy. Grady Harp


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