Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBBB. USA, 1992. Morgan Creek Entertainment. Screenplay by Michael Mann, Christopher Crowe, based on the 1936 screenplay by Philip Dunne, adaptation by John L. Balderston, Paul Perez, Daniel Moore, and the novel by James Fenimore Cooper. Cinematography by Dante Spinotti. Produced by Hunt Lowry, Michael Mann. Music by Randy Edelman, Trevor Jones. Production Design by Wolf Kroeger. Costume Design by Elsa Zamparelli. Film Editing by Dov Hoenig, Arthur Schmidt. Academy Awards 1992. Golden Globe Awards 1992.
Bold, thrilling adventure adapted from the novel by James Fenimore Cooper. Michael Mann’s perfectionism once again yields a cinematic gem, an impeccably photographed tale of strife between warring countries and their lust for domination over North America. As the British and French battle it out for power, a white man adopted by the Mohican tribe (Daniel Day-Lewis) takes the daughter of a British general (Madeleine Stowe) and her younger sister (Jodhi May) under his protection. Day-Lewis makes an exciting and appealing action hero, while Stowe’s classic beauty and intelligence contribute to much of the film’s elegance.