The Last of the Mohicans (1992)

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


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21 July 2004 | lethalweapon
Absolutely thrilling. One of my most fav...
The Last Of The Mohicans

This is turning out to be one of my most favourite romantic epics of all time. I know most people do not see this as romantic as it is a classic battle movie. As a matter of fact, seeing the trailer and the posters left me with the impression that this is indeed a war movie, what with the battle scenes and all; something along the lines of `Braveheart'. But upon seeing the movie, I was awed by the unexpected change in genre. The movie is a masterpiece, and all the actors and actresses certainly do amazing jobs. Daniel Day Lewis is simply amazing as Hawkeye. Though I usually try to read some of the more interesting books based on which movies are made, I haven't read the book in this case. But I sincerely doubt whether the book can be as good. Plus, I am told that the movie and the book have little in common.

Madeline Stowe is stunning as Cora Munro, and Jodhi May was certainly impressive as the frail dependent younger sister. Nathaniel, or ‘Hawkeye', is the adopted son of Chingachgook, played by Russell Means, whose real and lone son Uncas contributes to the team's claim of being the last of the Mohican clan. The British recruitment of Militia from its colonies during a time of war against France brings about a certain unrest. And it is further deepened by the character of Magua, who is a Huron warrior bent on a personal vendetta against British Colonel Munro, and his family. Magua is bent on the utter destruction of Colonel Munro and his two daughters, hence ‘wiping his seed from the earth'. Chingachgook and his two sons become entwined in between all this. To top that, Nathaniel falls in love with Cora and their love story takes the show from there. It is sensually and emotionally stimulating, and we as the audience feels engulfed in the mastery.

The love story I liked better was the one played in the background, an story that is absent, yet strongly felt throughout the movie. I am referring to the love story between Eric Schweig's character, Uncas and Alice Munro, played by Jodhi May. It is the subtleness and the overtone-nature of the love that builds in us a sense of involvement. To the best of my memory, they never spoke a word to each other, but the passion is strongly felt. And the climax really takes us to another level of appreciation.

Wes Studi is probably the fiercest villain I have seen on screen. His mere presence builds an acute level of intimidation. The character portrayal is flawless, and the casting done is excellent. I do not believe that anybody…, anybody at all, could have replaced Wes in this movie. The fierceness, the anger, the viciousness, the… the everything required to build up the character… He has done all that. Probably his best performance yet.

The music is sort of unconventional. Usually, the pace of the music is in sync with the pace of the action on screen. But in this case, the same slow music floods the scenes whether the pace on-screen is fast or slow. If I had heard somebody else say that, I certainly would have thought that it would not be effective. But amazingly, this unconventional approach works. And how! The music is probably the most addictive feature about the movie. After the first time I saw it, the music lingered in my mind for a month. All my waking moments, my mind was echoing that brilliant piece of work. I am a very very huge fan of Hans Zimmer, but I doubt if even he could have done a better job.

I have seen the movie eight times to date. And I will definitely see it again. The climactic scene is so moving that I have lost count how many times I've seen that.

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Trivia

According to Randy Edelman's 1996 Film Score Monthly interview, he came on board because of creative differences between Trevor Jones and Michael Mann which forced Jones off the project. "The movie was over budget, there was a mess with the studio, etc. The only reason Morgan Creek got the rights to not just the music and the album but all the overseas rights is because the whole situation was out of control. Daniel Day-Lewis was a big box-office star having won the best actor Oscar only two years earlier for 'My Left Foot'."


Quotes

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.


Goofs

Gray rock-textured canvas, presumably covering modern trail signs or graffiti, is clearly visible in final scenes. Hawkeye bumps a canvas while running through an underpass, and a larger portion is visible as he returns to embrace Cora after Magua's death.


Alternate Versions

There are four to five versions of this film:

  • The approximately 3 hour version director Mann delivered to the studio in 1992 that was rejected and sent back for re-cut
  • The 112 minute Theatrical Release version shown om theaters in 1992 and on VHS
  • The 113 minute TV version shown by CBS with an added battle scene
  • The 117 minute 1999 "Directors Expanded Edition" version on standard DVD
  • The 114 minute 2010 "Definitive Directors Edition" on Blu-Ray and DVD
All HD versions of this film, be they BD or streaming, are the 114 minute version The DVD "Director's Expanded version" contains several new shots/scenes that were added/deleted:
  • A new shot of Hawkeye walking towards Cameron's Cabin. He yelled "Hey, John Cameron!" Then he went outside the cabin (which was not shown in the original cut). The shot also had a different angle
  • An interior shot of the house contains more dialogue between a settler and an officer: Settler: "Any of the boys worth having' can disappear." Officer: "They will be found." Settler: "And where does that leave you?" . Magua also appears. Officer: "Those men will be found."
  • Cora says one more sentence to Duncan: "Alice and I have depended upon you and respected you since we were all children."
  • There is extended dialogue of Alice, Cora, and Duncan Duncan: "It can be dangerous." Alice: "Nonsense. Papa wouldn't have sent for us." Cora: "Would you like some tea?" Alice: "Yes, thank you."
  • A shot of the squad marching into the woods was added.
  • After telling Major Heyward that he ain't no scout, and ain't in no damn militia, Hawkeye's line "Clear it up any?" has been deleted.
  • At night in the burial ground, Hawkeye's line about his father saying "Do not try to understand them, and do not make them try to understand you, for they are a breed apart and make no sense," and Cora's response later have been deleted.
  • The dialogues: Cora: "A breed apart, we make no sense?" Hawkeye: "In your particular case, miss, I'd make allowance." Cora: "Thank you so much." have been deleted. Later the line "So we would know both worlds." was added as Hawkeye explained that his father was sent to school when he was 10. No time difference. Hawkeye also spoke that line in the German dubbing of the Theatrical cut.
  • Some new and extended shots of the Siege on Fort William Henry.
  • The dialogue "We just dropped in to see how you boys were doing." was deleted.
-Montcalm and an Indian were in a tent. Montcalm speaks longer and the following angle is different. -The scene with Montcalm and Magua is slightly extended.
  • Newer shots of the British Army leaving the Fort are shown.
  • A new but very brief shot of the French cheering their victory while entering the Fort.
  • Hawkeye's statement to Major Heyward in the Fort, "Someday you and I are going to have a serious disagreement," has been removed.
  • A woman buzzes a song while stroking a man's head.
  • Hawkeye walks across the field and later, Cora closes a dead man's eyes.
  • A longer version of the Britsh surrender is shown. Colonel Munro and General Montcalm discuss political matters. Montcalm compliments Col. Munro for his resistance. Munro replies that he was soldier and that the Marquis didn't ask to meet for exchanging some compliments.
  • Montcalm tells Magua that he shared his pain. He stated: "My son Magua's pain is my pain." Later he said to Magua that he couldn't do anything. It has a different angle. Montcalm stated: But I cannot break the term of the surrender and sully the lilies of France.
  • The French squad marches to the Fortress.
-Col. Munro appears first earlier at the beginning of the shot before it points to Cora and Alice.
  • When escaping in the canoes Hawkeye's line "Got nothing better to do on the lake today, Major?" has been deleted.
  • Cora's lines behind the waterfall, "You've done everything you can do. Save yourself!" and "If the worse happens, and only one of us survives, something of the other does too," and the first part of Hawkeye's following speech have been deleted.
  • The whole "I will find you" sequence has been changed. The original had footage of Cora, Alice and Major Heyward being taken up a mountain. This sequence was accompanied by the song, "I will find you" by the Irish group, Clannad. In this version, the song is gone and the sequence is about thirty seconds longer. It has different shots of Hawkeye, his brother and Chingachgook running up the mountain and following the Huron War party. There are also beautiful shots of the group being led into the sunset and Hawkeye kept running.
  • The scene where Cora and Hawkeye were leaving the Huron village was added.
  • A quick shot of Major Heyward burning alive has been added but his screaming has been deleted in the rest of the shots. New shots of Uncas fighting the Huron and Magua have been added.
  • When Magua slits Uncas' throat, a new sound was digitally added.
  • When Chingachgook rolls under Magua, a new sound of the tomahawk swinging is heard.
  • When Chingachgook kills Magua, the pike from the battle ax is no longer shown impaling Magua. His bloody wound was not shown.
  • The scene where Cora fell into Hawkeye's arms while she was crying has been deleted.
  • There is a much longer version of the Uncas funeral scene. Chingachgook talks about the Frontier life and how it is changing.


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Written by
Dougie Maclean
Arranged and adapted by Trevor Jones

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Genres

Action | Adventure | Drama | Romance | War

Details

Release Date:

25 September 1992

Language

English, French, North American Indian


Country of Origin

USA

Filming Locations

DuPont State Forest, North Carolina, USA

Box Office

Budget:

$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,976,661 27 September 1992

Gross USA:

$75,505,856

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$75,505,856

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