Matter Of Historical Accuracy
The Last of the Mohicans is acclaimed as being one of the most historically accurate films to ever hit the big screens.
Director Michael Mann is notorious for his close attention to detail, and in this movie he did an amazing job. Aside from
the highly ranked generals that appear in the movie, all of the characters are mainly fictional. Even the generals that do
appear aren't entirely fact based. This makes sense, as Cooper wrote the novel as historical fiction. The battles and war
however, are almost completely accurate.
Mann brought in historians and many sources for the production to make sure hair styles, tattoos, clothing, and many other
little details were accurate. Some things were left inaccurate, but Mann was aware of the mistake. He made "concious decisions
to violate history" for the sake of preserving his vision for the picture. Many of these decisions were fairly minor.
Examples of things that were changed for historical accuracy: