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The Last of the Mohicans

The Last of the Mohicans
Starring:
Daniel Day-Lewis, Russell Means, Madeleine Stowe and Wes Studi


Rated: R Due to violence.
Reviewed by: Frank  
Release date: September 25, 1992 Released by: Twentieth Century Fox

The Last of the Mohicans is set during the war between England and France. Each side had Indian allies as they fought each other on the frontier along the Hudson River and beyond Albany, New York. Hawkeye (Daniel Day-Lewis), adopted son of Mohican Chingachgook (Russell Means) falls in love with Cora Munro (Madeleine Stowe), daughter of a British officer who is the target of Huron War Captain Mague (Wes Studi).

With the scope of an epic adventure, The Last of the Mohicans jumps from the screen from the very first scene and stops only when Chingachgook states "I am the last of the Mohicans." Not a western but an eastern, it takes place early in the history of America when the land to be conquered was not so vast as the West and the frontier men and women traveled on foot and less on horseback. Filmed on location in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, the deep woods, streams, mountains and waterfalls are the real stars.

The cavalcade of early American history and its location outshine the characters, but Daniel Day-Lewis is quite convincing as Hawkeye, the strong faster Indian who is completely at home in the woods and moves like a sleek animal with his adopted Indian brother and father. Madeleine Stowe has little to say but her soft features contrast with her strong will and the violence and death which surround her during the battle for Fort William-Henry.

This is a larger than life adventure which is beautifully filmed and draws you into a time and place when America was young and filled with hope, danger and an unspoiled landscape.

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