Director Michael Mann based this lushly romantic version of the James Fenimore Cooper novel more on his memory of the 1936 film version (starring Randolph Scott) than on Cooper's novel (in fact, Philip Dunne's 1936 screenplay is cited as source material for this film). Set in the 1750s during the French and Indian War, the story concerns Hawkeye (Daniel Day-Lewis), the European-born adopted son of Mohican scout Chingachgook (Russell Means). Hawkeye and his party, which also includes the Mohican Uncas (Eric Schweig), joins up with a group of Britons who have recently arrived in the Colonies. The group consists of Cora Munro (Madeleine Stowe) and her younger sister, Alice (Jodhi May), who are rescued from a Huron war party by Hawkeye. Hawkeye's band accompanies them to the British Fort William Henry, which is being besieged by a French and Huron force. The fort falls to the French, and Colonel Munro (Maurice Roeves) surrenders to French General Montcalm (Patrice Chéreau). The terms of the surrender are that the British merely abandon the fort and return to their homes. However, the French's bloodthirsty ally, the Huron warrior Magua (Wes Studi), has made no such agreement, and, as the British retreat from the fort, he plans to massacre them in a terrible Huron attack.~Paul Brenner
Madeleine StoweCora Munro
Jodhi MayAlice Munro
Steven WaddingtonMajor Duncan Heyward
Maurice RoevesCol. Edmund Munro
Dennis J. BanksOngewasgone
William J. Bozic, Jr.French Artillery Officer
Benton JenningsScottish Officer
Edward BlatchfordJack Winthrop
Terry KinneyJohn Cameron
Tracey EllisAlexandra Cameron
Justin M. RiceJames Cameron
Colm MeaneyMajor Ambrose
Mac AndrewsGeneral Webb
David SchofieldSergeant Major
Eric D. SandgrenCoureuu de Bois
Gregory ZaragozaAbenaki Chief
Scott MeansAbenaki Warrior
Patrick FitzgeraldWebb's Adjutant
Steve KeatorColonial Representative
Don Tilley1st Colonial
Thomas E. Cummings2nd Colonial
David Mark FarrowGuard
Ethan James FugateFrench Sappeur
Eric A. Hurley2nd Soldier
Jared HarrisBritish Lieutenant
Thomas John McGowanRich Merchant
Alice PapineauHuron Woman
Mark J. MaracleSharitarish
Clark HeathcliffeRegimental Sergeant Major
Joe Finnegan2nd Redcoat
Sheila Adams BarnhillHumming Woman
Randy EdelmanComposer (Music Score)
Trevor JonesComposer (Music Score)
Wolf KroegerProduction Designer
Richard HollandArt Director
Robert GuerraArt Director
James G. RobinsonExecutive Producer
Jim EricksonSet Designer
Elsa ZamparelliCostume Designer
Chris JenkinsSound/Sound Designer
Doug HemphillSound/Sound Designer
Paul MasseySound/Sound Designer
Simon KayeSound/Sound Designer
Dale DyeTechnical Advisor
Action and Adventure,Adventure
Costume Adventure,Romantic Adventure
The Last of the Mohicans
Year of Release
Digital Theater Systems (akin to 5.1), Dolby Digital w/ sub-woofer channel
Michael Mann has directed, in my opinion, one of the great pieces of early American literature and turned it into a very believable and exciting film, staring Daniel Day Lewis, and supported by an excellent cast of Native Americans and characters from the original JF Cooper story.
Everything about this film is first class, including the performance of Wes Studi as the twisted Magua, and Steven Waddington as the British major who damages his own honor for love, only to have it restored in the end at the greatest of costs.
The scenery in this movie is exquisite, i think having been filmed in the Hudson River valley, where I believe is the setting for Coopers book.
if you like American history, and a great story, you need to watch this movie. Last but not least, the Musical score is the icing on the cake as the music is so well matched to the era, that it makes you fell as though your watching an event as it happens over 250 years ago.
It is, in my opinion, one of the best movies ever made.
I’ve LOVED this movie for YEARS! So glad I was able to pick it up for a price I could afford. Watched it so many times since, can’t get enough of the story and the MUSIC! All performances were fabulous but it will rank as my absolute favorite role portrayed by Daniel Day-Lewis! The extra explaining all the prep work that went into his role served to augment one’s appreciation of his efforts. One of the very few movies produced in my adult lifetime I consider a treasure!!
Anyone interested in a historical fiction accounting of one man's life during the French and Indian War will enjoy this. It gives you the prospective of native Americans trying to adapt to the onslaught of European colonialism and a love story to boot! I became interested in the movie after listening to some of the soundtracks. Then I happened upon a YouTube channel which had behind the scene exposition of how the movie was made. That made me purchase the video and never regretted it.
This is such a well done movie and Daniel Day-Lewis is amazing in his role as Hawkeye. The fact that this was filmed in North Carolina where I live makes it especially interesting for me. But no matter where you're from, this is a wonderful movie with a compelling story and an even more compelling "villain". Be sure to watch the Making Of story for some great background.