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The parents' guide to what's in this movie.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this movie is extremely violent. Battle scenes and ambushes comprise a large portion of the film. There are numerous scenes of gun fights, as well as stabbings and bludgeonings. One man is burned alive. Another is scalped. A woman commits suicide. The film also features a romantic theme, and while sexual content is extremely mild and there is no nudity, there is some heated kissing.
What's the story?
Set during the French and Indian War, THE LAST OF THE MOHICANS follows Colonel Edmund Munro's (Maurice Roëves) daughters Cora (Madeleine Stowe) and Alice (Jodhi May) as they travel to their father's post. When their party is ambushed, a group of fur trappers, led by Hawkeye (Daniel Day-Lewis), escorts the two women, and the sole surviving British officer. After the party arrives at the fort, things only get worse.
Is it any good?
Director Michael Mann turns James Fenimore Cooper's classic novel into a cinematically beautiful film. The Last of the Mohicans is visually engaging. Lush scenes of the frontier are punctuated by skirmishes, ambushes and battles. In keeping with the book that served as its basis, this movie has a pronounced tendency toward the melodramatic. Overall, though, the film is engaging and elegantly constructed.
The chemistry between Day-Lewis and Stowe is absolutely intoxicating and May does well as the more delicate younger Munro daughter. Younger viewers might find the film dull or difficult to follow. However, teens who enjoy romances may like the film, as might those with an interest in U.S. history.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the United States' colonial history and the French and Indian War. Issues of class are also ripe for discussion. The film seems to imply that the British are destined for failure because they refuse to protect the people living at the frontier. Hawkeye says that the reason people live in unprotected frontier lands is that these areas are the only place where land is available to poor people. How might his observation about the frontier apply to modern communities? What prompts Cora Munro to fight with her father about sending the militia to help protect frontier settlers?
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