Posted by Scotto on July 12, 1998 at 20:29:19:
In Reply to: What if ....... Alice and Uncas the sequal posted by Erin on July 04, 1998 at 14:40:16:
: A happy 4th of July to all you in the USA from a wannabe republican!!
: I know all you guys are out there celebrating but down in in NZ I'm just cold!! So I've been thinking.....
: What if Alice and Uncas had not shuffled off this mortal coil and they had indeed burst their respective bodices and declared their feelings that were nearly so obvious! Would such a relationship, in those times, have been allowed to continue and flourish? Would Cora and Chingachcook(Is that the right spelling?) have allowed it do you think? I vaguely remember a mini series or drama a while ago that dealt with this issue where a widowed settler had begun a relationship with a NA man and they were both dealt with fairly severely.
: So what do you think?
: Shivering at my computer
GREETINGS, FELLOW MOHICANS!
I'm a first-time visitor to this site. "LOM" is one of my top ten favorite movies, so I've been excited and intrigued by all of the discussions. Since I'm a late-arrival, please allow me to make a few points.
1. I think it was obvious that Chincachook approved of Uncas' love for Alice. Remember just before he went after her? He placed his hand on his father's shoulder, and their eyes met. Nothing needed to be said. They knew that Uncas couldn't wait, and had to go after Alice ASAP. (Although can anyone tell me WHY
he couldn't have waited for Chincachcook and Hawkeye? The three of them would have had a better shot at rescuing Alice. Maybe Uncas knew of a certain place on the trail where he'd have a good chance of success, or custom dictated that the challenger had to
face the opponent (Magua). Please explain!)
2. I agree with Ayesha and others, about the powerful final scene. It's the closest I've ever come to crying at a movie. I wanted to jump through the screen and save Alice MYSELF! The emotion at Uncas' death from Hawkeye, Cora and Chincachcook was truly gut-wrenching.
3. Alice's suicide was one of the surprises I found late in the movie. First, the Alice/Uncas attraction caught me off-guard. You know how the movies usually focus on the ONE love scene between the main characters. I was only sad that we didn't see how the Alice/Uncas relationship might have progressed. Later, I expected that the main hero, Hawkeye, would seek revenge against the main villian, Magua. But it was Chincachcook who avenged his son. It was like he said, "Hawkeye, you don't even have to bother. I'll deal with him myself." And did he EVER! With that little flip he made, Magua never knew what hit him. It was almost ANTI-climactic.
3. You have to give credit to the major. After being jealous of Hawkeye for most of the movie, he realizes at the end that he'll never have Cora's love, and that all of them will not escape safely. It was his final act of love for her, to sacrifice himself. At least that's how I saw it.
4. I'm surprised and excited about this 15-20 minutes of lost footage you guys are talking about. Keep me posted on any "director's cut" that might come out.
5. I like Madeleine Stowe and Jodhi May as much as you ladies like Daniel Day-Lewis and Eric Schweig. The former two both are naturally beautiful women, in my opinion. BTW, if anyone knows of a web site for either actress, let me know. I can't seem to find one.
Thanks for listening... E-mail me anytime!
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