Last of the Mohicans, The (1992): Daniel Day-Lewis Mesmerizing as Romantic Hero

Daniel Day-Lewis is mesmerizing as the romantic hero in this version of the famous James Fenimore Cooper, directed and c0-written (with Christopher Crowe) by Michael Mann as a thrilling action-adventure.

Day-Lewis plays Hawkeye, the intrepid trapper raised by the Mohican Chingachgook (played by the real-life Native American activist Russell Means).

During the French and Indian wars, the two men, joined by Chingachgook’ son, Uncas (Eric Schweig), come to the aid of two English women, Cora (Madeleine Stowe) and her sister Alice (Jodhi May), escorting them to their father (Maurice Roeves), who’s a British officer.

When the women fall into the hands of the vengeful Magua (Wes Studi), the men must come to their rescue again.

Production values, as in every Mann picture, are lavish and impressive, particularly sound, which deservedly won the Oscar, and Dante Spinotti’s cinematography

 

Oscar Nominations: 1

Sound: Chris Jenkins, Doug Hemphill, Mark Smith, and Simon Kaye

Oscar Awards: 1

 

 

 

Last of the Mohicans (1936): Randolph Scott Version

In this popular version of the James Fenimore Cooper novel, directed by George Seitz and adapted by Philip Dunne, Randolph Scott plays Hawkeye, a scout raised by the Indians.  Hawkeye rescues the daughter (Binnie Barnes) of a British officer from the evil magua (Bruce Cabot) during thw French and Indian War.

Production values are lavish, courtesy of  cinematograoher Robert Planck and music by Roy Webb.

Oscar Nominations: 1

Assistant Director: Cleam Beauchamp

Oscar Awards: None

Oscar Context:

The winner of the Assistant Director Oscar wasJack Sullivan for The Charge of the Light Brigade.