The Last of the Mohicans

New this month Audio problem: When Magua complains to the Marquis about not getting his revenge after Colonel Munro's surrender, the Marquis' lips don't match the audio whenever he says Magua's name.

Visible crew/equipment: At the surrender of the fort, as the English are marching out, the French general removers his hat. The English Commander, Monroe, says "The fort is yours, Monsieur". Look over his shoulder. In the distant valley you can see what are either two tourist busses or perhaps mobile catering vans. (01:05:40)

Revealing mistake: Near the very end of the movie, when Magua has taken Uncas' love interest (Madeleine Stowe's character's sister) and he is taking a path through the mountain, Daniel Day-Lewis runs up a path and brushes against what seems to be a rock. But, the grey coloured "rock" seems to be a prop and moves like a piece of cloth.

Visible crew/equipment: In the hunting scene at the beginning, you can see a man with a red cap on the right side of the screen, above the running deer. (00:03:20)

Visible crew/equipment: As the English are leaving the fort, if you look right after that between the soldiers and down toward the beach, you'll see what looks like a blue and white umbrella where someone is sunning themselves by the lake. (01:12:25)

Visible crew/equipment: When the people are all marched out of the fort, in the lower right hand corner there is a guy wearing a blue baseball hat.

Other mistake: On the way to fort Henry Magua starts his attack by hitting a soldier with his axe. Before being hit the soldier smiles into the camera (seen through Magua's eyes), but doesn't even look when he is being hit, seen from the side. (00:17:10)


Factual error: During the battle over the fort the British shoot a red flare into the sky. The British army learnt of the effectiveness of rocket weapons when fighting in India in the 1790s. In 1804, rockets (developed by Colonel William Congreve) were introduced into British service. The rocket flare was developed around this time (also by Colonel Congreve). This film is set in the 1750s - the British army would not have had rocket flares (source: Taylor, J.W.R (1970). Rockets & Missiles, Hamlyn, London. PP. 6-10). (00:34:30)


Factual error: Toward the beginning of the film, when Natty Bumppo first arrives at this friends' cabin, he mentions that he was coming from Schuylerville. This is an anachronism as Schuylerville, NY, was named after the victorious General Schuyler at the Battle of Saratoga in 1779, which would not take place until 20 years after the events of the film. The town would not assume the name for another 50 years after that.


Revealing mistake: After they leave the fort, in the forest glade when the Huron start hollering, the air above the soldiers is very clear. But in the next shot just when the guns start to fire, there is a smoky haze hanging over the forest. Apparently the first attempt to film this scene didn't make it to film and some of the residual smoke was still there when they filmed it the second time.

Revealing mistake: When Magua hits the British soldier with his axe before the ambush, it's quite obvious the soldier has been replaced by a dummy. (00:17:10)

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Continuity mistake: When Duncan tries to explain his version of the raid of the Camerons' lodge to Cora part of his uniform is a read seat-belt-like piece of cloth. This wasn't there in the scene preceding imediately. (00:47:30)


Visible crew/equipment: At the beginning of the scene, when the evicted fort dwellers are making their way through the forest, as the column moves away from the camera, a crew member with a red baseball cap and a megaphone comes into shot.

Continuity mistake: When Daniel Day Lewis, his brother and father are going after the Munro girls and the officer, in one scene where the dark haired Munro girl falls against a bush and breaks the branches. If you look closely at the scene before, the branches are already broken.

Other mistake: As they are leaving the fort, during the point of view shot of Cora, on the left hand side of the screen, a black gas canister can be seen.

Continuity mistake: During the battle over the fort the protagonists' group approaches the fort by canoe, with the women sitting in the canoe and the men guiding it wading through the water. In the shots showing Cora's face Alice is not in the canoe. (00:35:20)


Continuity mistake: At the dinner at the Camerons' lodge Mrs. Cameron's bangs change from shot to shot. (00:06:25)


Continuity mistake: After the fight on the way to Fort Henry Duncan's temple curls disappear. (00:21:15)


Continuity mistake: When Magua is leading the troop into the ambush he turns around and walks towards the troop. When it cuts to a shot behind him we see him lifting up his right arm. When it cuts his arm is down. (00:16:55)

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Continuity mistake: During the walk to Fort William Henry, at one point, Uncas, the true Mohican son, turns to look at Alice who is struggling and his earring is in his right ear. During the rest of the movie, the earring is in the left ear.

Continuity mistake: When Duncan lies to Munro about the raid of the Camerons' lodge Cora's hair is totally dishevelled. Immediately after that when Duncan tries to explain it's nicely done. (00:47:40)


Deliberate mistake: Rhododendrons, visible in the opening scene and mentioned specifically in the shooting script, do not grow in the Adirondacks.

Revealing mistake: When Chingachgook throws his axe in the back of the Huron we see the Huron lying on his stomach with the axe stuck to his back. When the camera moves up leaving the Huron out of sight, we see Chingachgook picking the axe up from a total different angle than the axe stuck to the Huron. (00:19:45)

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Continuity mistake: During the ambush, while Hawkeye is fighting with the axe, his musket is on the left shoulder crossing the chest, but in the following shot when he prepares to shoot Magua, he has it on the right shoulder. (00:19:55)


Factual error: When Hawkeye shoots the elk in the opening his rifle emits a muzzleblast, but the priming powder in the pan does not leave its characteristic smoke. When a flintlock is fired two distinct clouds of powder smoke should be seen.

Audio problem: During the ambush of the British troop, as some of the soldiers take their first aim, it cuts to some Hurons running downhill. If you look in the lower left corner of the screen you can see a Huron firing without us hearing it. (00:17:35)

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Visible crew/equipment: When the three Mohicans have leapt through the waterfall, as Uncas and Hawkeye are pulling Chingachgook out of the water, you can see a man climbing a rock behind them, as they move apart slightly.

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Suggested correction: There is no man climbing a rock. It's Hawkeye's leg that resembles a man.

Audio problem: Shortly before jumping through the waterfall, Hawkeye says to Cora, "If we go there's a chance there won't be a fight." However, if you watch Hawkeye's mouth, the audio doesn't match his lip movements.

Continuity mistake: During the scene at General Webb's office things on the desk appear and disappear and change places, like a glass, a water bottle, a candle, etc. (00:09:30)


Continuity mistake: When the Huron chief is talking and Duncan is translating, he is translating faster than the chief can talk. (01:27:00)

Continuity mistake: When the Mohicans chase after Magua to save Alice, just after Magua kills Uncas, Alice walks onto the outcropping with Magua. As she stands there you can see rain beginning to fall. A peal of thunder echoes along with the scene. As she turns and leaps off the outcropping we see a shot of her from below showing a nice blue sky and the sun shining.

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New this week Suggested correction: I lived in the area where this movie was filmed. It was not uncommon to have storms pop up and the sky stay clear.

Continuity mistake: When Magua lowers his knife, you can see that it's not the same knife he had when he killed Uncas, nor is it the one he draws from his belt when Chingachgook fights him, it's a simple kitchen-like knife. (01:45:45)

Continuity mistake: When the people are marching out of the fort the same shot of Madeleine Stowe looking back over her shoulder, with a characteristically tattooed man in the background, is repeated 10 seconds later. (01:05:40)


Continuity mistake: When the canoes go down the cataracts the waterfall where they are actually shown going down in close-up is a much smaller one than the one shown in the panorama shot before. (01:15:40)


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