Re: Hawkeye's Accent

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Posted by ann on August 06, 1998 at 15:07:50:

In Reply to: Re: Hawkeye's Accent posted by SusanH on August 05, 1998 at 17:15:35:

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: : I keep hearing about ddl's horrible american accent in the movie...but what they were going for was an authentic american accent from that time....of course they can only guess....
: : I think they took a normal american accent and threw in some english and some irish overtones.

: Pardon me? Who says it is horrible? They don't live around here, for sure! The natives in the filming area detected some local pronunciations, much to our amusement. (Most noticible in vowel sounds) So I think that it *was* a conglomeration of accents/dialects. Actually, I have relatives who still use some of the old speech ways, including "beholden to", the use of "ye" for you, "ain't" or "t'aint", "real sudden like" ("He died real sudden like, as I recall.")

: As an aside, I find it interesting that Wes Studi, from the western band of Cherokee, has traces of the accent of many in the eastern band. It may be that many of us are not as far from our pioneer "roots" as we think.

: -Susan, beholden to


Interesting comments Susan.

It's funny, but because I spend one wk a year in No. Carolina, I've wondered to myself whether Michael Mann & DDL might have picked up any local sounds. One mannerism of DDL's struck me as "used" deliberately. It's in the scene at the fort in Col. Munro's quarters.....the Col. thanks Hawkeye & others for helping his daughters & then asks if they need anything....they answer....then Hawkeye, raises his arm to his face, and seems to wipe perspiration from it with the back of his arm, as he continues to talk saying "there's one more thing" that a local mannerism by the men in that area?


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