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One of my favorite historical fiction movies. There are several battle scenes in dense forest which are filmed stunningly. The romantic plotline is a bit hard to swallow but is easy to follow. The best scenes in the movie are near the end, one where the British nobleman sacrifices himself to be burned at the stake. But my favorite scene is when Cora's younger sister decides between captivity or death. The look on the girl's face and the Native American's hand gesture along with the haunting music is awesome. I enjoyed buying the film's score as well. Definitely get the anamorphic widescreen version.
I love "period" films and this one having Daniel Day Lewis as the brave hero of the day inspired me with the wonderful soundtrack and beautiful filmwork. There are many scenes that are in this film that make you feel like you are in New England in the early days.
There are both good Indians and bad Indians, just like in any race. So that in itself is a more truthful portrayal of frontier life than previous films.
This film is good for both men and women as there is something for each. I would not recommend this film for young folk as some of the more brutal scenes could give them nightmares. There are ambushes and battle scenes not appropriate for kids. This is one of my FAVORITE films!!
I bought this director's cut version for my husband for his birthday. We both love how the additional footage, not included in the original theatrical release version really complete the picture and meaning for each scene.
So many other director's cuts that we've both seen, simply confirm why the theatrical release was edited the way it was in the first place. This a great DVD. I'd recommend it without hesitation.
This is a complex story drawn from James Fenimore Cooper's classic from the 19th Century--well done in 1992. Daniel Day-Lewis plays Hawkeye (actually Nathaniel Poe) who was adopted by the Mohican chief Chingachgook after his white parents were killed. We see him at the first of the movie running through the trees in supposed 1751, and we know that he is the hero. But until the plot goes further along, we do not know whether the British or the French are the good guys.
Actually, Hawkeye would like to go to Can-tuck-ee, but he gets wrapped up in the French and Indian War when he intercepts a Huron attack of a British caravan carrying the 2 lovely daughters of Colonel Ed Munro (Maurice Roeves)--Cora (Madeleine Stowe) and Alice (Jodhi May). The 2 girls travelled from England to be with their father and failed to get the mail saying not to come because of the war. Meantime, the fiance of Cora,Major Duncan Heyward (Steven Waddington), keeps pestering her about setting a wedding date until she finally tells him that she does not love him. Guess what? Cora has eyes for Hawkeye the minute that he saves her from the Huron.
This movie has plenty of rifle and tomahawk action for those of us who seek it. Watch out for Magua (Wes Stude); he is totally evil and a Bendedict Arnold before Benedict Arnold was born. As I said previously, there is also the romance between Cora and Nathaniel (Hawkeye). But there is a secondary romance as well between Alice and the step-brother of Hawkeye, Uncas (Eric Schweig).
You will be wondering throughout the movie where the title comes from, and your question will be answered at the end, when Chingachgook moans the fate of the Native Americans.
This movie is well worth you time--especially for those of us who do not want to read the classic.
This is a wonderful MOVIE. The movie is extremely well-acted by the entire cast. Daniel Day Lewis is superb as Hawkeye. And Madeleine Stowe is excellent as well. It is a very entertaining film. I bought the movie because I've had the VHS for years but needed this one on DVD. This movie is one of my favorites-one of my top 15 movies of time. If you haven't seen this movie yet, you are in for a treat...
This is by far one of the best made movies I have ever seen. The picture is incredible, especially in HD. The scenery is just incredible as it was mostly filmed in the Carolina's. The sound track is perfect. I'm a history fanatic and, for the most part, the Last of the Mohicans captures the time period of the early 1800's very well. Many people have labeled this movie as racist against Native Americans, but I disagree. It strongly enforces the reasoning behind the ruthlessness of the Indians(not the Mohicans, but the ones that play the bad guys) as an understandable reasoning that enables most violent acts today. So to me it made perfect sense for them to act the way they did, they were warriors. This is a great movie for anyone who enjoys war movies and/or sappy emotional action-dramas.
One of the best movies I have ever seen. It shames me to say that I never watched this in the first 22 years of my life.
Does a great job balancing many different aspects, including nature, fight scenes, and of course the love story. What is great about it is that the love story isn't overbearing or sappy. The movie does a great job building up emotional value to the point that you genuinely feel many of the same emotions that the characters go through. Also the soundtrack is incredible. There is a song called Promentory that makes the movie that much better. As far as the actual product itself, the blu-ray truly makes a difference. I first watched this movie on netflix and I was blown away by the story, but there were many nature scenes that were kind of blurry or pixelated. When I watched this in blu-ray, I was amazed at some of the nature scenes. There are some beautiful and captivating shots of nature in this movie that I wouldn't have appreciated as much without seeing it with much better definition. It only adds to the quality of the movie.
With all that being said, I have heard by many people that the movie is nothing like the book, which I see on this site has caused it to get a few bad reviews. I have never read the novel, so if you are in the same boat as me, then the movie is definitely worth seeing. If you have read the novel, you probably won't find the movie very rewarding.
This was a very good movie, the story based on the history of central NY, although not filmed in NY. So much of what happened in that time period I didn't understand, now I have a better grasp of it. Not known to many, this was based on Randolph Scott's version, this was by far a better interpretation.
I grew up 9 miles from the town named after the author, Cooperstown, now live 60 miles from Fort William Henry. My husband was also in the movie he had a non-speaking role, French & British artillery.
Well done! The story itself is a classic. The movie production did an excellent job of portraying the story. The backdrop in the book was upper state New York. The backdrop of the movie was the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee. They are very similar.
I was especially pleased with the sound of flitlock longrifles and muskets. As a builder and shooter of longrifles, I appreciate the extra effort that went into the sound recording.
This movie was breath-taking when I saw it over two decades ago. It is just as breathtaking for the rerun!
An overall excellent film - one of my favorites ever. It has the components for everyone to enjoy. Great fight scenes combined with excellent acting, unbelievable cinematography, and a wonderful story (even a love story for the women out there). It is an instant classic based off the novel by James Fenimore Cooper and is truly a must see for any distinguished film watcher. You won't be disappointed - Last of the Mohicans is amazing!