THE LAST OF THE MOHICANS, adapted from the novel by James Fenimore Cooper, is set in 1757 in upstate New York where British and French forces struggle for supremacy of the Colonies. Major Duncan Heyward of the British army has orders to escort Cora and Alice Munro to Fort William Henry where their father, Colonel Munro, is the commandant. Guiding them is a renegade Huron Indian, Magua. To their dismay, the party is ambushed by Iroquois. Hawkeye, nee Nathaniel Poe, a white man raised by Indians, and his Mohican friends, Chingachgook and his son, Uncas, come along in the nick of time to rescue the women and Heyward. When the party arrives at the Fort, they find it under siege by the French under the command of General Montcalm. The Fort falls, and Montcalm offers generous terms to the defeated British. Meanwhile, Hawkeye and Cora enjoy a tender romance.
THE LAST OF THE MOHICANS is a visual delight and contains commendable performances. Despite considerable violence, the film achieves a cinematic success even though it forsakes the clear Protestant perspective of the book and leans slightly toward politically correct paganism. Even so, biblical virtues triumph in this visual masterpiece.
(B, L, VVV, S, NA, RH, Ab) Good triumphs over evil in this classic story marred by: 2 obscenities; extreme bloody violence in battles between Indians, English and French in Colonial America with stabbing, scalping and killing; implied fornication; a subtle anti-Christian statement; revisionist history; and, a slight leaning toward a back to nature paganism.