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Last of the Mohicans

Daniel Day-Lewis , Madeleine Stowe , Michael Mann    R (Restricted)   VHS Tape
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (239 customer reviews)

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Wildly romantic, daringly exciting, Michael Mann's film of James Fenimore Cooper's novel created a new babe magnet out of Daniel Day-Lewis, he of the heaving pecs and flowing mane. As Hawkeye, he plays an American settler raised by the Mohicans who is forced to serve as a guide for British adventurism in upstate New York. But the British have been outflanked by the French (and their Indian allies); then British honor is betrayed when a band of renegades assaults them during their retreat. Mann captures the viciousness of this era's hand-to-hand combat in startling battle scenes. But he also invests the film with heartfelt romance, as the feelings swell between Day-Lewis and Madeleine Stowe. The ending is a stunner, a long, nearly wordless sequence of battle and loss. Strong performances all around, particularly by Russell Means as Chingachgook and Wes Studi as the evil Magua. --Marshall Fine

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An epic adventure and passionate romance unfold against the panorama of a frontier wilderness ravaged by war. Academy Award® winner Daniel Day-Lewis (Best Actor in 1989 for My Left Foot) stars as Hawkeye, rugged frontiersman and adopted son of the Mohicans, and Madeleine Stowe is Cora Munro, aristocratic daughter of a proud British Colonel. Their love, tested by fate, blazes amidst a brutal conflict between the British, the French and Native American allies that engulfs the majestic mountains and cathedral-like forests of Colonial America.

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5.0 out of 5 stars I will find you Nov. 4 2006
By bernie TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:VHS Tape
It is 1557 a confusing time with the French verses the English and the various Indian tribes taking sides. There are innocent settlers just looking to be free caught up in the conflict.

A small contingent of British are escorting two daughters Cora Munro (Madeleine Stowe) and Alice (Jodhi May) of a British colonel to a near by fort. They are betrayed and three trappers come to the rescue thus setting the story of the "last of the Mohicans" begins.

I do not want to go into details as it will undermine the surprises. Let's just say you will not be disappointed.

This story is based on the 1936 screen play and embellished to a full movie. The scenery is breath taking. One item you can spot right off is that the people in buck skins blend into the back ground; however the British, French and colonel's daughters conspicuously stand out.

Many of the scenes are also surrealistic and have an ethereal feel. This combined with such songs as "I will find you" in the back ground lure you into a timeless feeing. Even at the end of the story you are waiting for more.

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As with most films today there are many versions. And different media. Be sure to find the one that suits you best. If you can not find a domestic version do not settle for less; you may want to invest in a region free player or convert the media using software readily found on the internet.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Absolute Best!! June 20 2004
Format:DVD
This is a wonderful movie, and I can't say enough about it.
I first seen this movie when I was in high school. I remember my boyfriend forcing me to see this film. I complained during the whole ride to the theater. But, after the first ten minutes I was hooked like a fish.
The haunting, visual landscapes are breathtaking, Daniel Day-Lewis is wonderful, and the secondary characters are very good. Essentially, this is a story of change. The Last Mohican represents a changing of lives and cultures. Additionally, the story of the French-Indian war is moving.
I cannot list a full synopsis of the movie because there are so many different back stories and themes. There is love, intrigue, deciet, family values, war, and death...and all of it is rolled into one.
Everything about this movie is fantastic and very moving. You need to see it for yourself to see what I am talking about. Or, you can listen to the some of the reviewer's recommendations that say this movie is boring and long.
I won't kid you there is some slow points, but this isn't an all out action flick.
Ultimately, this movie is for people who love real, moving movies.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Don't be scared off by other reviews! Feb. 1 2004
By A Customer
Format:DVD
After reading many of the horrified reviews of the "director's cut" DVD version, one would expect a major chop job akin to what happened to Peckinpah's films in the 1970s, a major mutilation of a masterpiece.
Calm down. It's nothing of the kind. Having been a fan of this film since its original release, and having watched the VHS version a couple of times a year since it came out, I had a hard time catching all the changes on the DVD, because most of them are so minor. Some are just a few seconds long. Some are improvements (the extended fort battle, the end of the surrender negotiations, the elimination of some trite and anachronistic wisecracks), others don't matter or are unfortunate (Chingachgook's speech at the end, the elimination of the Clannad song). Overall, especially if you are not intimately familiar with it, you are watching the same movie as on VHS.
My only complaint is technical: The color and brightness are not especially well balanced; some shade or night scenes require adjusting your TV temporarily. And the absence of special features is disappointing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A powerful adaptation of a classic novel Jan. 26 2004
Format:VHS Tape
An excellent adaptation of the classic James Fenimore Cooper novel, The Last of the Mohicans is a truly powerful movie of love and the perpetual struggle for survival and freedom on the American Frontier (northern New York) of the 1750s. I think that this film succeeds in capturing the spirit of the era, a time when the British control over the Americas was beginning to crumble, and the French were making one last attempt--which would ultimately end in failure--to exert its influence in the region. Important in the movie is the manner in which the Indians are portrayed, as proud, dignified peoples who were struggling to maintain their cultures while caught in the powerful tide of European encroachment. All to often, Indians have been unjustly and quite lamentably portrayed in the movies, and such a sympathetic and seemingly quite accurate portrayal is refreshing. As always, though, in terms of historical accuracy in terms of plot and chronology, the movie is not to be trusted, as indeed can be said for the book as well.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Bad Edition of a Great Movie Jan. 10 2004
Format:DVD
The REAL 1992 version of "The Last of the Mohicans" is a superb film full of terrific history, lovely music, and a great script. However, in this so-called "expanded edition" much of the dialouge and parts of some great scenes were cut from the real one. The whole film is very fragmented with this new editing, thus the film is not really "expanded" in the sense that much is added to the film; very much is taken away. Also, there are scenes added to the film that spoil the pace, the story, and the feeling of the whole film, ruining the triumphant success.
However, if one has never seen the REAL version of this movie he or she should be very pleased with a pretty good movie. For there was not an incredible amount of this film cut; just enough to destroy the REAL film's power.
Also, I was very perturbered that there were no special features included on this DVD--not even the trailer! This film is one of the greatest movies from the 1990's; I hate to see it go to waste like this.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
pas remarqué mais ... en anglais seulement
Published 2 months ago by Richard Arsenault
5.0 out of 5 stars riveting drama
I agree. Daniel Day-Lewis is considered to be the best actor of our time. He was excellent in this movie that takes place during the French/English/native American war in the... Read more
Published 2 months ago by George Jones
3.0 out of 5 stars It is time they remastered this movie.
This is one of my favourite movies but it is impossible to find one that the sound is good. You either have your ears blasted out, or you cannot hear what is being said. Read more
Published 3 months ago by rosemary
5.0 out of 5 stars Daniel Day L.
This film is epic . absolutely keeps you riveted to your seat. One of my all time favourites, a keeper.
Published 6 months ago by L. G.
5.0 out of 5 stars Epic
This is a great movie. I have it on vhs,dvd and now blu-ray. The cinematography is fantastic. It is a great action movie/romance
Published 7 months ago by repoman
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally The Definitive Version of Last OF The Mohicans....Review Of...
Thankfully Michael Mann has revisited his classic movie and reedited (restored) it to a version very close to the original theatrical release. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Michael
5.0 out of 5 stars mute
such emotion! wonderful acting. I bought it because of the scene where the girl quietly goes over the cliff without a word.
Published 9 months ago by blackrock woman
5.0 out of 5 stars very very good
you couldn't make this movie any better. this is another movie I have but into my collection. it's about the meaning of actual events, how it was portrayed and acting skills
Published 9 months ago by Kelly Lipinski
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy it!
Gorgeously filmed, beautifully crafted acting. Very romantic.
The music is sublime.
A moving, disturbing historical record.
I would recommend it to everyone
Published 10 months ago by jeanne isley
2.0 out of 5 stars Problem with the French language
Multiple sequences, in the projection, has not been translated; so lips are going on but no sound has been added.

So, this product is no to cool!
Published 11 months ago by M Bouchard Cartographe
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