97 - The Last of the Mohicans
After 1986’s Manhunter bombed, Michael Mann didn’t return to big screen direction until 1992’s The Last of the Mohicans, a sweeping adaptation of James Fenimore Cooper’s novel that also served as a remake of the 1936 film. Rising star Daniel Day-Lewis was cast as Hawkeye, adopted son of the last Mohican, swept up in the British and French’s war for dominance in North America as he discovers love and his place in the world. The theatrical cut was a beloved smash success. But now we have only the Director’s Definitive Edition available...does it still work, or has the legacy been tarnished?