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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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Won 1 Oscar. Another 6 wins & 17 nominations. See more awards »

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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:

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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

Daniel Day-Lewis trained with a U.S. Army colonel to develop his shooting and hand-to-hand combat skills. See more »

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Gray rock-textured canvas, presumably covering modern trail signs or graffiti, is clearly visible in final scenes. Hawkeye bumps a canvas while running through underpass, and a larger portion is visible as he returns to embrace Cora after Magua's death. 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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Referenced in The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (2003) See more »

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THE GAEL
Written by Dougie Maclean
Arranged and adapted by Trevor Jones
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Will make you forget that wimpy TV Hawkeye.
24 November 2003 | by jckruizeSee all my reviews

Policier specialist Michael Mann steps way off his usual beaten path with this adaptation of that hoary old James Fenimore Cooper tale of frontiersmen, Indians, Redcoats and the French -- the latter back when they knew how to fight.

Chameleonic actor Daniel Day Lewis is totally convincing as Hawkeye, tracker, warrior, and adopted white son of Chingagchook, last of the Mohicans tribe. Along with adoptive brother, Uncas, the three are swept into the French and Indian war of 1757, treading lightly between the antagonists: French and Hurons on one side, British and colonials on the other, each faction potentially treacherous and deadly.

Mann doesn't waste time on exposition or character development; he just hurls us into the fast-paced, brutal action and the effect is like snagging the tail of a galloping racehorse and trying to hang on to the finish line. Madeline Stowe and Jodhi May, as sisters of the British major Munro, provide love interest for Hawkeye and Uncas, respectively. Steven Waddington is another Redcoat officer infatuated with Stowe, and he too shines as a 'bad guy' who's more complex than he at first seems. But the movie's almost stolen by Wes Studi as Magua, a Huron warrior who's allied himself with the French solely as a means to avenge himself on the white man. He's as mesmerizing and lethal as a cobra.

Technical qualities are exemplary, with special mention to the magnificent scenery of old-growth forestlands and mountains in North Carolina, and a superb score by Trevor Jones, with an assist by Randy Edelman.

Mann might not be the first guy you'd think of to stage an 18th-century period action/adventure/romance. But after seeing what he does here, no one can fail to be impressed by his range and bravura. This is a must-own.


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