Posted by Gayle on August 17, 1998 at 09:40:28:
In Reply to: Pathfinder? posted by Victoria on August 16, 1998 at 16:53:39:
: Oy, I knew it! Bruce Willis in a breech cloth!!
: Gayle, remind us what Hawkeye is up to in this one.
: Hope Eric and Wes' agents were on the ball.
I am trying hard to develop and maintain a positive attitude, although Michael Mann's work is an almost impossibly tough act to follow in today's Hollywood. I am already starting to have nightmares about Bruce Willis in a breechclout.
"The Pathfinder" is the next book after "Last of the Mohicans". Takes place first at the encampment of the 55th at the head of the Oswego on Lake Ontario, and later at a small post which forms the scene for the gory Indian raid. The main theme of the book is Natty's infatuation for and wooing of Mabel Dunham, a snotty little social climber in the garb of a pious daughter of a non-commissioned officer. A good director could make it into an exciting and emotionally grabbing movie, especially with emphasis on the secondary story of the traitor Arrowhead and his brave and loyal, but typically beaten-down wife, Dew-of-June. The success of the film will depend on the reason for producing it - i.e., a good frontier story of treason and danger or an opportunity to push politically correct agenda.
Wes and Eric could, no doubt do their usual excellent portrayals, but "The Pathfinder" provides little in the way of good Indian parts. Only Arrowhead and Dew-of-June would be real character roles, but it would be nice to see a female Native American get a chance here.
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