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Monday, October 31. 2011
I never saw the movie. Does posting the end scene spoil it?
Posted by Bird Dog in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 18:00 | Comments (29) | Trackbacks (0)
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It's a good movie - haven't seen it in a while, but I liked it.
Interesting little factoid: Cooper confused the Mohican and Mohegan tribes - the first lived in the Hudson Valley and river and the later along the Thames Valley and River in CT. In fact, one of the main characters Uncas was a Mohegan Chief who allied himself and the Mohegan Tribe with the English in the mid-1600s or thereabouts.
In fact, that confusion still exists to this day. As we all know, the Mohegan Tribe is doing quite well in Uncasville area with the Mohegan Sun casino and the Mohicans are a part of a reservation in mid-Wisconsin I believe.
Of course the movie ending is different than the book ending but the music is great.
I loved the movie. It's lush romanticism from beginning to end. Loved the music, too.
I could barely stand the book. The obsession with which characters were "tainted" with black or Indian blood really put me off. The movie is based only very loosely on the book.
I was working in the North Carolina mountains near where a lot of the movie was filmed. We knew the mountain trails pretty well, so we kept sneaking into the set areas to watch 'em work. It was pretty interesting. Then somebody would notice we didn't have our pass-things around our necks, and clear us out. Then we would sneak back in another way.
The movie's pretty good. What I like about it mostly is the attention paid to correct costume, gear & etc.; they seem to have done a pretty good job of making everything look period-correct. Or at least everything looks really good and authentic. It has one of the better modern-day film depictions of a 18th Century fortification siege you're likely to see.
Excellent movie. I've seen it several times. Watching the ending won't spoil it. After seeing this clip I think I'll find it and watch it again since I haven't seen it in about ten years. It's well worth watching; 4-stars IMHO.
IMHO one of the most romantic guy movies, questioning 18th century notions of what is worthy of an individual sacrifice. The true hero is the major, having his rival's fate in his hands.
I agree: one of my favorite scenes is the Major's split-second decision to sacrifice himself, thereby redeeming a character that had been almost entirely unsympathetic to that point. The action is really moving along at a great clip by then, and the filmmakers didn't dwell on the point at all, but it's a powerful moment and a linchpin of the story.
Great scenery, great music, costumes, hand-to-hand fighting and it's babe-a-licious. Worth your rental fee, for danged sure.
Agree with all the above, a well done film well worth viewing. I'd also, though not asked, recommend along with it "Black Robe" directed by Bruce Beresford, another well done period piece.
Buddy and were discussing this scene the other day on here. I got caught up in the love between the men. Non-sexual love that is passionate and sacrificial is unusual in film.
This has made me think of another great film of moral passion in men-The Mission. The scene with De Niro carrying his heavy metal uniform on his back as payment for past sins and the native cutting it free is one of my all time favorite scenes.
Brian --found another treatment of ''The Gael"
This is guitar in front of various orchestral sections --and piano. Yes, overcharged with emotion, and so, just what the doctor ordered!
BTW, if you're a bagpipe, or pipe & drum, fan, the Commonwealth has picked up the old Scots tune since the film, and you can chase down some great versions --Royal Scots Dragoon Pipe & Drum, and the massed pipe & drum of the last few annual Edinburgh Military Tattoo --filmed nocturnal by firelight in front of Edinburgh Castle.
Celts keepin' ahold of their bloodline --good on 'em!
This is the one where Ed Ames throws the tomahawk between someone's legs, right?
One of my favorite movies. But don't post spoilers Bird Dog. And you should just watch the movie with Mrs. BIrd Dog. Don't worry, she will think the hero is just like you...
My favorite character, actually, is the British officer who gives his life to save someone who doesn't care for him. Now THAT is true sacrificial love. I think most parents of teenagers know how that feels, but precious few of us were that noble in youth.
I think it also captures beautifully those moments of deer in headlights terror that both men and women can experience right before they have to fight or run if they don't want to be killed.
Wonderful soundtrack. Think I will watch it tomorrow night.
Many years ago the wife and I went to Nova Scotia to attend the Gathering of the Clans. The Gaelic College of Music sent some groups to play and we got to hear the musicians from "Last of the Mohicans" live. At that time I thought the begining and end of Celtic music was The Clancy Brothers, what a awakening! I started to collect Gaelic music from that time.
I like this movie a lot.
Turn it up loud! The canons, the waterfall, the music. All excellent.
It's a good love story with lots of action.
A rare movie that is romantic enough to almost be a chick flick and yet action enough for the guys to love it, too. It too bloody for small kids. And I find the love scenes a bit too predictable. AND though I love action hero movies, I think that the shots Hawkeye was making with those muzzle loading rifles stretched credibility.
But all that said, it is a very good flick. I show small snippets in my Government and History classes if I want to reference the French and Indian War or the time before the colonies declared indepence.
As someone said above, the scenery and costumes are spot on and the attention to detail in the manner of speech and dress is superb.
Definitely worth 2 hours of your life.
I've often wondered why no one seems able to make a good movie about the American Revolutionary War. There are many good treatments of the Civil War, after all. "Mohicans" is set around 1750 or so and is something of a revolutionary prequel. (As far as I can recall, there wasn't a trace of that in the book, so it's entirely as matter of the movie screenplay, but it works.)
How I'd love to watch a romantic ripsnorter in the "Mohicans" style that told a great story in the setting of 1776.
My husband always wanted to see a sequel called "Mo' Hicans."
but then they'd have to go back and re-name our movie "The Next-to-Last of the Mohicans"
Great set o comments --except for that Ed Ames thing --who let that hillbilly peckerwood into the theater?
Naw, seriously, i throw in too with 'great' for this film. Character attitudes seemed fitting to portray what we know of that history, and as has been mentioned nothing on the screen misfires (even those long shots from the fort, yep, unlikely --except by a legendary marksman hero feller in an extreme situation --and in the re-telling of the legend!). Script fits, cast is superb, period details, battle scenes (note the treatment of the opening of the forest ambush of the British column withdrawing from the fort), all the rest is as good, and the music is sublime --a deep drink of (as said above) lush romanticism.
Delicious movie for a.) women who love chivalry, American history, and Daniel Day Lewis in a loin cloth and b.) men who dreamed of being heroic, fighting - really fighting for what you believe in, American history, and have Madeline Stowe fall at your feet.
Comments on scenery, battle scenes, and music are all spot on. It's truly a very good film. One of my all time favorites. Do watch it with Mrs. Bird Dog! She'll thank you later.
A great film which unusually for Hollywood doesn't make us Brits seem like some sort of 18th century nazis.Many English soldiers fought and died to keep the colonies free.
Concuurance. Great soundtrack.
British Officer recruiting the militia: "You call yourselves patriots, and loyal subject to the Crown?"
Reply: "I don't call myself subject to much at all."
--the British Major's description of the French as "...voluptuous Latinates who make love with their faces" --LOL, a perfect picture of what history as we have it implies as to the general Anglo-Saxon contemporary view.
Mohicans was an excellent film. I was especially impressed with the depiction of the Indians -- neither faceless antagonists nor the feathered Smurfs of Dances With Wolves. They were people, they had their own concerns which only tangentially intersected the Anglo-French conflict, and some of their customs are horrifying. Plus Russell Means has the best GLARE in cinema.
The Last of the Mohicans is a family favorite. Set aside the time to watch it with the phone turned off.
The only downside is that it eventually comes to a close.
"The only downside is that it eventually comes to a close"
Strooth and amen.
What is that term for a piece of music that gets stuck in your head all day? Earworm --izzat it? This is (for me anyway) an earworm. first heard it yesterday --then it ran on its own in my head all day long, couldn't wait to get back under the headphones with the volume all the way up. Little piano interlude 1:38-2:00 is so nice, and then at 2:50 the 'reel' kicks in and it really takes wing.
Last of the Mohicans is a movie like Black Robe, and Master and Commander as well, that gives the impression of boundless horizons, waiting to swallow up the traveler. The world used to be enormous; it still is, but we just get around it faster and cleaner.
That's close to the very last thought expressed in the movie. Chingachgook is looking out over the gloaming valley. Three stand there in gesture of farewell forever, in intense sadness, son and brother Uncas is gone, as is sister Alice. Chingachgook finishes his reverie (and ends the film) with: "...new people will come...to work, struggle. Some will make their life where...once, we were here."
(a little bit longer than the version shown in USA theaters, see the uploader's comment)