The Last of the Mohicans

D: Michael Mann
Warner Bros./Morgan Creek (Michael Mann & Hunt Lowry)
US 1992
122 mins


W: Michael Mann & Christopher Crowe [based on the novel by James Fenimore Cooper]
DP: Dante Spinotti
Ed: Dov Hoenig & Arthur Schmidt
Mus: Trevor Jones & Randy Edelman
PD: Wolf Kroeger

Daniel Day-Lewis (Hawkeye), Madeleine Stowe (Cora Munro), Russell Means (Chingachgook), Eric Schweig (Uncas), Jodhi May (Alice Munro), Steve Waddington (Maj. Duncan Heyward), Wes Studi (Magua)

Technically brilliant and ambitiously directed, this adaptation of James Fenimore Cooper's literary classic leans more to the romance side of the story over the adventure and war of Colonial America, as Hawkeye, the white, adopted son of a Native American Indian rescues the two daughters of a British officer and falls in love with one of them.
Though there's a severely lack of characterisation which makes the love affair rather unconvincing, director Michael Mann counteracts this with some breathtaking photography, occasional moments of heart-pounding action and a stirring music score which is amongst the best movie themes of all time.

Daniel Day-Lewis in The Last of the Mohicans
Daniel Day-Lewis in The Last of the Mohicans