Sunday, January 14, 2007

The Last of the Mohicans

Last week, I single out "The Last of the Mohicans" as my dvd choice of the week. The movie is based on James Fenimore Cooper's American literary classic published in 1826. Please visit the Cooper Society for information on the author and his writings.

The story takes place during the French and Indian War and involves Chingachgook and Uncas, the last remaining Mohicans, and their adopted American brother, Hawkeye. They agree to act as guides to Fort William Henry in New York for a desperate British group consisting of soldiers and, more importantly, Cora and Alice Munro, the daughters of the fort's commander, Colonel Munro. The other major player is Magua, a bitter Huron with a personal vendetta against Colonel Munro. The story consists of equal parts drama, action, and romance and is told in such a way that all parts blend seamlessly.

The movie was released in 1992 and stars Daniel Day-Lewis as Hawkeye, Madeline Stowe as Cora and was directed by Michael Mann ("Collateral", "The Insider", "Heat"). Michael Mann also co-wrote the screenplay even though he never read Cooper's novel. Please go here for more information on the film.

If you've never seen this film, but enjoy a well written story as much as a good movie, then maybe this will suit your needs.

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