Director/co-writer Michael Mann’s The Last of the Mohicans is a soaring story of transcendent love, an authentically detailed recreation of a turbulent era in U.S. colonial history and an exciting saga of flintlocks -and-tomahawks warfare.
Daniel Day-Lewis (as Hawkeye) and Madeleine Stowe (as British transplant Cora) are lovers caught up in the tumult of the French and Indian War in this 1992 Academy Award-winner set to a rapturous score by Trevor Jones and Randy Edelman. The tale itself is a personal touchstone for Mann (Heat, The Insider): the 1936 screen version was the first movie he recalls seeing as a child. It’s hard not to detect a sense of boyhood wonder in Hawkeye’s outsized heroics. Here, Mann augments that with a bravura style and sweep that shows why he’s one of today’s most electrifying moviemakers.