The Last of the Mohicans

  • Review Date: November 29, 2005
  • Rated: R
  • Genre: Western
  • Release Year: 1992
  • Running Time: 125 minutes

Common Sense Media says

Violent historical drama. Not for young kids.
  • Review Date: November 29, 2005
  • Rated: R
  • Genre: Western
  • Release Year: 1992
  • Running Time: 125 minutes

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Positive messages
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Violence

Much of the movie consists of battles between British colonials and American Indians. There is gun violence as well as hand-to-hand combat and at least one scalping.

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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.

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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?

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Director Michael Mann turns James Fenimore Cooper's classic novel into 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.

Families can talk 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?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:September 25, 1992
DVD release date:November 23, 1999
Cast:Daniel Day-Lewis, Madeleine Stowe, Russell Means
Director:Michael Mann
Studio:Twentieth Century Fox
Genre:Western
Run time:125 minutes
MPAA rating:R
MPAA explanation:violence

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Adult Written byTreyT January 11, 2011
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13
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Intense, and well it should be. Excellently moral, yet believable.

While this film was undeniably violent, it was not distastefully so in my opinion. War on the Colonial American frontier was a gentlemen's war in the European tradition, but it was a war for men and women of true character, strength, and grit. The morality of the good men and the treachery of the evil were clearly contrasted. The theme is plain: the right wins in the long run, but at a great cost. The frequent, but only occasionally graphic scenes of fighting and death of men and women on both sides serves to drive this message unforgettably. I personally found the suicide scene beautiful, but it may be grounds for a bit of discussion on the topic. Finally, there are in other reviews references to a man being burned at the stake. This is a terrible scene, but it is one of redemption, when one man sacrifices himself for another whom he has previously wronged. Again, the portrayal of the violence of the act lends the message immeasurably more force. The one kissing scene is rather long and highly-charged, but it, too, serves to advance the development of the characters without anything I thought gratuitous. It is about as intense as such a scene can get while the characters keep their eighteenth-century frontier clothing on, and might be a little passionate for a few viewers (I don't know your kid.), but, as I said, it's tasteful. Otherwise, the cinematography is generally excellent, Day-Lewis's character in particular stands out for his flawless acting (this is not to say the rest of the actors were lacking), and the plot is generally fairly believable. The thing as a whole is glorious, sad, and triumphant in a restrained and real way.
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Kid, 12 years old April 15, 2010
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12
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WOW!!!!!!!!!!! This is the best movie in the world. I think so because i have always been interested in history but it was a good movie. If you are thinking about letting a child see it, i think that you might want to see if he or she is mature enough. There are many battles containing gun shooting, 1 scalping, (that you see) many hand-to-hand battles with tomahawks and various clubs. There is one bloody scene that shows an indian cutting out a british officer's heart out, But the only thing that you see is his leg twitching and then the indian holding the heart in the air. Other then that its pretty good, one sexy part when the frontiers man and a british officer's daughter but it wasnt that bad no nudity nothting... Well i hope this review helped those wanting to see if last of the mohicans was good for them selves or their child.
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Parent of a 14 year old Written bySonja2 December 4, 2009
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13
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Perfect for thirteen or older

I personally love this movie, any think any teen 13 and up should be able to handle the violence in it. Although anyone that is younger I might recommend skipping in two places in the film.
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