Saturday, December 12, 2009

The Last of the Mohicans

The Last of the Mohicans is a historical movie about the British and French troops battle in colonial America, with aid from various Native American war parties. The British troops enlist the help of local colonial militiamen, but they do not want to leave their homes undefended. A romance between a British officer's daughter and an independent man who was reared as a Mohawk makes things more difficult for the British officer, as the adopted Mohawk rebels against the British, despite the tension between both sides. Like most historically based movies, a lot of the scenes were much more overdramatic and grand than what really happened. Although the movie did an excellent job of entertaining and informing about the events during this era, there were several historical inaccuracies.

The first historical inaccuracy was during the withdrawal from Fort Henry. Indians kill all of the Redcoats, Colonel Munro, and the civilians. But in reality the Indians only attacked the back of the column, mainly made up of civilians. The Indians killed approximately 70 to 180 people, and in the movie it seemed like the death toll was much higher. In fact, the majority of the Redcoats were not attacked, and Colonel Munro survived as well.
This film was considered to be a historical romance (like the novel) for entertainment purposes, and this was not the case in reality. However, the costumes and props in this movie were very accurate. The battle scenes are also very historically accurate, and the actors, plots and cinematography are exceptional as they make the events seem even more realistic. A lot of research was done on this actual event before the movie was made, therefore, for the most part the movie does not have very many inaccuracies.

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