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The downside, however, is also considerable. The production values are laughable by today's standards: while some outdoor footage was shot on 16mm film in the Scottish highlands, all interior and some exterior scenes were shot on soundstages, and on video, and the contrast is jarring. The pacing is slower than a two-legged wolf, and other than the climactic showdown between the Huron and Delaware warriors, the several battle sequences are less than riveting. Director David Maloney relies on scenes that play more like a staged drama than a movie, featuring static two-shots in which characters exchange expository dialogue at great length. And speaking of dialogue, in addition to the fact that listening to Indians with British accents takes some getting used to, Madoc's tendency to spit out every line as if he were delivering a pugnacious proclamation is wearisome, and it won't take viewers long to tire of stilted lines like "What has brought the white chief to the camp of the people of the turtle?", to quote just one. Yet surprisingly, The Last of the Mohicans somehow manages to transcend these flaws; in the end, those with a little patience are likely to find it very entertaining. --Sam Graham
The production quality is low compared to today's standards but an enjoyable viewing none the less.
Which, as a movie by itself, I like very much, but as a big fan of the novel, was shocked at how different it was.
The injustices he suffered in the past can almost be seen as a metaphor for the decline of the American Indian.
I remember this as a young teenager on Masterpiece Theatre, and I've been trying to find it. It's an excellent production. Thank you!!Published 2 months ago by L.Z.
I enjoyed viewing this version of The Last of Mohicans very much. I have never had time to read the book, so this was a treat. Glad I purchased this program and thank Ricksbooks.Published 4 months ago by Michael S.Freitas
I have mixed emotions on this DVD. It's one of those situations where I fondly remember watching it back in 1972 on the tele but with the advances in how tv is produced today it... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Jeffrey Korte
While it is an obviously older BBC presentation and some parts were campy, I thoroughly enjoyed the series. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Francus
A classic adventure poorly presented. A dull screen play (could that be possible?). Wooden acting (and cardboard woods). Read morePublished 8 months ago by edward pontacoloni
Acting often stilted and indoor sets sometimes not realistic, but faithfully follows the plot of the book. Caucasian actors used for Indians were well made up and not distracting. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Richard W. Rector
This fine and more complete version sticks closer to the book than the Daniel Day-Lewis film, but it still doesn't capture the nuances of the relationships between the colonials... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Charles Kromer