The Last of the Mohicans
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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… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 94%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"...the action is richly detailed and thrillingly staged."
‑ Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"...big, bold, and gloriously sweeping."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"I found certain elements to be brilliant and others to be rather flat."
‑ Kevin Carr, 7M Pictures
"Though set twenty years before the declaration of independence, [director Michael] Mann offers a portrait of a country and a people who have already redefined themselves."
‑ Sean Axmaker, Turner Classic Movies Online
"Day-Lewis before he made shoes."
‑ Victoria Alexander,
"...not as authentic and uncompromised as it claims to be - more of a matinee fantasy than it wants to admit - but it is probably more entertaining as a result."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Mann wasn't thinking story, he was thinking scheme. Keep the eyes and ears dazzled, he reasons, and the substance will follow."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"It nicely blends together action, romance and history."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Positively sprints through its narrative, achieving the adventuresome spirit so hopelessly absent from Cooper's clumsy and simple novel."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"An exciting, visually stunning, and satisfying epic adventure that is well worth the full price of admission."
‑ Michael Dequina,
"He conceives of the story as if it were a gigantic piece of mood music."
‑ Charles Taylor,
"Painstakingly, breathtakingly re-created by director Michael Mann, this landscape makes room for heroes with principles greater than the circumference of their biceps."
‑ Rita Kempley, Washington Post
"Violent historical drama. Not for young kids."
‑ Carly Kocurek, Common Sense Media
"Has a grim, but overwhelming emotional effect."
‑ Michael E. Grost, Classic Film and Television
"Incredible and flawless."
‑ Widgett Walls,
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