YMMV / The Last of the Mohicans

  • Anti-Climax Boss: Magua gets a whole lot of build-up in terms of his fighting ability. In the final battle, the part he spends actually fighting lasts about ten seconds. However, this has more to do with just how badass Chingachgook is as opposed to Magua being weak, as Magua had previously curb-stomped Uncas. In the 1936 film, Chingachgook and Magua were more or less equals as warriors while here Chingachgook is more skilled.
  • Anvilicious: Americans and Brits don't get along. Mmm, kay?
  • Award Snub: The film only received one Oscar nomination for Best Sound, which it won. It didn't even receive a nomination for its famous film score.
  • Awesome Music: The score to this film is famous:
  • Covered Up: "Promontory" is derived from a piece called "The Gael" by Scottish musician Dougie MacLean (which was composed for a museum about the Loch Ness Monster, of all things).
  • Ensemble Dark Horse: Uncas, despite having almost no lines (and being the title character of the book, so this comes full circle).
  • Fan-Preferred Couple: In the years since the movie was released, many viewers have come to prefer the extreme subtle, wordless love story between Uncas and Alice compared to the dramatic main romance between Hawkeye and Cora.
  • Flanderization: Magua. He is actually a much more complex - and conflicted - character in the novel. Yes, he wants revenge on Colonel Munro for humiliating him. But his idea of "revenge" is to take Cora (the not-completely-white sister) as his mate and treat her as a slave.
  • Genius Bonus: Numerous small historical asides that go over the heads of most readers (and viewers).
    • Those who grew up studying Canadian history will likely recognize Montcalm as the French commander who lost Quebec to the British at the Plains of Abraham and died in the process.
  • Hidden Badass
    • Duncan is the foil and occasional designated villain. However he has no qualms about speaking freely to his superiors, fights admirably at every instance, handles his rejection from Cora with dignity (for the most part) and ultimately sacrifices himself (in a horrible manner) for the the woman who rejected him and the man she chose.
  • I Am Not Shazam: The last of the Mohicans turns out to be Chingachgook.
  • Ink-Stain Adaptation: This most likely to be what people think of when you talk about "The Last of the Mohicans" instead of the book or the more faithful and thus superior mini-series adaptation from BBC that was released in 1971.
  • Memetic Mutation: "Stay alive! Whatever may occur, I will find you!"
    • The marvelously stuffy phrase "Without so much as a 'by your leave.'"
    • "When the Grey Hair is dead, Magua will eat his heart. Before he dies, Magua will put his children under the knife, so the Grey Hair will know his seed is wiped out forever."
  • Misaimed Fandom: Possibly, Nathaniel/Hawkeye. Book-Hawkeye is not especially heroic: he more closely resembles a Sidekick, as he is middle-aged, has a high regard for his skin, and is not interested in either of the Munro sisters. Indeed, he has to be publicly shamed into repeatedly upping his offer for Cora's freedom - at first, he recoils at the idea of offering his life and just says he will go into winter quarters early; when this meets with scornful rejection, he offers to trade his rifle "Killdeer" for her; and only when that also fails does he agree to a full person-for-person exchange. But even this belated and reluctant offer is rejected, both by Magua and by Cora, who decides that she will not allow it.
  • Narm: "You call yourself a patriot? A LLLLOYAL subject of the crown?"
  • Newer Than They Think: As stated above, part of the score is derived from Dougie MacLean's "The Gael" which was released in 1990, only two years before the film. But it's often mistaken for traditional English, Celtic or even Native American music.
  • Nightmare Fuel:
    • During the first ambush, one of the British soldiers is scalped onscreen.
    • Col. Munro's heart is cut out by Magua and held up for all to see.
  • Older Than They Think: The Duncan/Cora and Uncas/Alice things originate from the 1975 Hanna-Barbera special.
  • Paranoia Fuel: The forest is a handy spot for an ambush, as the British soldiers learn the hard way— twice.
  • Retroactive Recognition:
    • Jared Harris as the British herald. "You call yourself a patriot? A loyal subject of the crown?"
    • Pete Postlethwaite as the British officer who arrests Hawkeye.
  • Romantic Plot Tumor: Siskel and Ebert's review in particular complained about a very interesting and compelling historical story getting constantly interrupted by a trite and clichéd love story.
  • Special Effects Failure:
    • As Hawkeye runs after Chingachgook, he bumps into a large rock. The rock moves in a rippling manner, clearly canvas.
    • There are a few shots where it is clear Chingachgook's gun stock war club is a rubber stunt prop, when it bends.

Alternative Title(s): Last Of The Mohicans

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