Watch The Last of the Mohicans
- 1 hr 57 min
This startlingly gripping film combines the best of big-budget historical drama with intense, finely crafted individual story arcs. Fenimore-Cooper’s wide-ranging novel is lushly realized, with awe-inspiring North American locations, a top flight (and fully committed) cast, and the highest production values. The Blue Ridge Mountains, standing in for the original New York setting, blaze with color. The authentic costuming, realistic makeup, and careful storytelling immerse viewers quickly in this little-known period of North American history. The portrayals of well known literary characters such as Hawkeye, Uncas, Magua, Chingachook, Colonel Munro, and his daughter, Alice, are deep, rich, and accessible. Complicated and multi-layered events (and personalities) are clearly presented, and easily understood. Breathtaking action set-pieces include the Indian attack on Munro’s retreating garrison force, the incredible siege of Fort William Henry on Lake George (hauntingly filmed, mostly at night), and the climactic hand- to-hand struggle on the forbidding mountain trail. Honest, affecting personal moments flesh out the broader tapestry, keeping the viewer directly and personally engaged.