Shake The Scene: Last of the Mohicans

Last of the Mohicans (1992)

The Scene: The final 10 minutes, where Nathaniel and his Mohican brother and father, race through the Hudson Valley forest to rescue the women they love from the enemy Mohawk tribe.

Why We Love This Scene: Regardless of myself being a history buff, this movie is one of my all time favorites. Forget about how much Daniel Day-Lewis can transform himself into any role (including animal, mineral or vegetable), in this film he shows that back then he could’ve been an action star, rivaling any John McClane or James Bond. This film is directed by Michael Mann, who gave us Miami Vice, Manhunter, Heat and Collateral and shows us that even a novel written 130 years ago could be engrossing, romantic and action-packed. There’s even a scene featuring Wes Studi cutting some old guy’s heart out and watches him die.

This final scene in particular is fantastic. It starts with the wise old Native American chieftain allowing the Mohawks to take the British officer’s daughters. Daniel Day-Lewis tries to offer himself up instead but the other British officer beats him to it and is burned alive before Nathaniel shoots him yards away from the camp with a musket that is taller than him. Then the race is on. I also want to mention that the musical score is top-notch and totally enhances the scene. This scene also features knife and tomahawk fights, Daniel Day-Lewis firing two muskets at once and hitting his marks, Native Americans AND a young girl falling from cliffs and Nathaniel’s father beating the shit out of Wes Studi with the most kick-ass tomahawk ever on screen. If you haven’t seen this movie before, PLEASE do yourself a favor and check it out without watching this clip.

 

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