Director: Michael Mann
Stars: Daniel Day-Lewis, Madeleine Stowe, Russell Means
Plot: The last members of a dying Native American tribe, the Mohicans live in peace alongside British colonists. But when the daughters of a British colonel are kidnapped by a traitorous scout, they must rescue them in the crossfire of a gruesome military conflict of which they wanted no part
Movie is based on James Fenimore Cooper's novel of the same name and George B. Seitz's 1936 film adaptation, owing more to the latter than the novel.
Daniel Day-Lewis is well known for going to extremes in preparation for his roles. For this film he lived in the wilderness where his character might have lived, hunting and fishing and living off the land for several months prior to shooting.
Hawkeye's real name in the novel is Natty Bumppo, but was changed to Nathaniel Poe for the film to avoid titters from the audience.
Jodhi May who played the younger daughter Alice has said that much of her role disappeared on the cutting room floor.
Jodhi May's mother was on set and wouldn't let there be a real "love scene" between Jodhi and Eric Schweig.
While filming the canoe scenes, the canoe always tipped. F. Curtis Gaston, Soldier Number One, recalls having to save the upset Jodhi May from the cold waters.
In Cooper's book, the character Cora was of mixed race-her father being Col.Munro and her mother, a woman of African heritage, though not a slave.
Over 900 American Indians from all over the country were employed for the shoot.
The main theme of the movie is taken from the tune "The Gael" by Scottish singer-songwriter Dougie MacLean on his 1990 album The Search.
Daniel Day-Lewis had only done independent movies at this point in his career. This was his first big-budget Hollywood movie.
Daniel Day-Lewis' commitment to his role and the strenuous shooting schedule took a toll on his health. He was treated for claustrophobia and "mild hallucinations" after this movie wrapped.
Numerous characters who die in this film do not die in the book written by James Fenimore Cooper including Monroe, Heyward and Alice (in the book it was Cora who was killed).
The film takes place in 1757.
Although the Ft. William Henry massacre actually took place, historical fact differs somewhat from historical fiction. A Col. Munro was in command at the fort and did indeed surrender to Montcalm when General Webb could not arrive in time to reinforce him. The attack by the Hurons after the surrender was directed at the colonial militia and its Indian allies. Munro and the British regulars were at the head of the column under the protection of French soldiers and did not know that the column had been attacked until they arrived at Ft. Edward. James Fenimore Cooper based his novel on reports from survivors of the attack. The British used the attack to stir up the colonials to join in the fight against the French. In all versions of the movie except this one, Munro survives and is saved by Hawkeye. Munroe survived in real life as well.
After Major Duncan Heyward tells Hawkeye that he will have him beaten from the fort, Hawkeye responds by saying, "Someday, I think you and I are going to have a serious disagreement." This foreshadows the argument over who should be killed in the place of Cora.
It was filmed mostly in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina