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The Last of the Mohicans
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Directed By
Michael Mann

Written By:
Christopher Crowe, Michael Mann

Daniel Day-Lewis, Madeleine Stowe, Wes Studi, Russell Means, Eric Schweig, Jodhi May, Steven Waddington, Maurice Roeves, Colm Meaney, Patrice Chereau, Pete Postlethwaite, Terry Kinney, Tracey Ellis, Dennis Banks, Dylan Baker

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The Last of the Mohicans (1992)
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Movie Review by Jarrod
November 16th, 2007

After his amazing Oscar-winning turn in My Left Foot, Daniel-Day Lewis would be turned into an action hero, and a sex symbol, in 'Last of the Mohicans', from director Michael Mann. It is based on the novels by James Fenimore Cooper, and set during the French and Indian War, which occurs as France and Britain fight for colonies in North America, a couple of decades before the American Revolution. Lewis is Hawkeye, a white man raised by the Mohicans, who, along with his adopted father Chingachgook (Russell Means) and brother Uncas (Eric Schweig), serves as a guide for British troops, even assisting in their fight against the French and their Indian allies, including the Huron and Ottawa. Wes Studi is Mogua, a Huron, who poses as a Mohawk and leads a British regiment into an ambush, and sets his sights on killing a British officer named Munro, along with his two daughters, Cora (Madeleine Stowe) and Alice (Jodhi May), in revenge for his own family having been killed. Mogua is vicious to be sure, but he is not a one-dimensional villain. The stirring battle sequences are accompanied by spectacular scenery, with plenty of forests and waterfalls. Daniel Day-Lewis, as the handsome, long-haired Hawkeye, delivers a powerful performance, as does Stowe, despite her inconsistent accent, Studi, and nearly everyone else.

Lewis and Stowe have strong chemistry, and their romance is convincing. I was surprised by how well the romance worked, and how nicely it fit in with the elements of action and adventure. The production values are impeccable, and there is a sense of authenticity and realism, and it is nice to see some strong Native American protagonists, though there are plenty of Native American antagonists, as well. But, then, the French and British are playing tribal animosities off of one another, yet these tribes are no more violent than or as prone to conflict as the British and French themselves, who were rivals for nearly 1000 years.

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