Soldiers of the English and French battalion fight for control of the North American colonies in the eighteenth century. A budding romance between an orphoned settler and the daughter of a British Colonel has vast complications and dangers attached.
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My main man Mann never ever fails! One of my heroes...alice's suicide? gawjus! the scenes behind the waterfall? gawjus!the soundtrack? gawjus. the fighting scenes at night...the wardrobe...him and her getting back together...Mann the manliest of the sweetest of hard-core romantics...opening sequence too good for words...
Whatever schematic dialogue and characterization is present in this film, its epic sweep and vision makes for a mainstream film that is worth rewatching. Mann is at his best when he films in tracking shots in the forest or in the close ups of Magua or Cora. The battle scenes choreography has something pompous yet this does not abstract from the verisimilitude of the historical context. The film's climax is chilling.
This Mann adaptation works more as period-piece actioneer than a drama or romance, with those elements being quite melodramatic, shallow, and standardized, as well as predictable and thin. But, as a sort of pre-Braveheart in its battle choreography, the rousing action moves like a cannonball, with greatness coming through in the last 40 minutes, when it finally feels in synch to its heart and soul-- a pulp epic.
The only word I can find to describe this is Epic. The most epic Mann I've seen. Epic characters. Epic performances. Epic décors. Epic fights. Epic opening scene. Epic deaths. Epic loves. Epic looks. And an Epic lesson about Cinema.
director's expanded edition.... Mann's take on the classic James Fenimore Cooper novel was a rousing and romantic epic best remembered now for the stirring soundtrack by Trevor Jones. Performances were solid especially the chemistry between Lewis and Stowe but also the solid work from Means, Studi and Roeves. Spinotti's cinematography sublime. ...'No matter how long it takes, no matter how far, I will find you..'
I must it admit that although its not my favorite Mann film, its definitely really goddamn epic. DDL is just incredible as always and the score is one of the best I've ever heard. Overall extremely enjoyable and exciting.
Melodramatic historical drama that I absolutely love. The music is unforgettable, as is the DDL performance. And that closing sequence is just overwhelming. Might be my personal favorite in Mann's entire catalog - perhaps not his greatest, but my personal favorite. I rate it so highly that it makes my Top 10 of the decade.
Poetry in motion. One of the greatest action epics ever made. Mann spins gold out of pulp. Romance, excitement, beautiful framing and stunning cinematography supported by scrupulous historical research define this classic. This movie has it all. Truly one of the most enjoyable films I have ever seen in a theater. Sometimes a filmmaker sets the bar so high that none may follow. This film is proof of that.