Starring: Daniel Day Lewis, Wes Studi, Johdi May, Russel Means, Madelaine Stowe, Steven Waddington
Screenplay: Michael Mann, John L. Balderston, and Phillip Dunne
Director: Michael Mann
Music: Last of the Mohicans Theme by Trevor Jones
Easily the centerpiece of this film by Michael Mann, whose films are universally characterized by cool and effective use of music, whether original or scored specifically for the film. The original score of this scene made it easier to weave into the production (and thus not quite as impressive of an achievement) but the sheer power and intensity of it pushes it to a higher rating. Mann achieves a heightening effect with the song without over-dramatizing the scene. The music adds a fluidity and emotional resonance to what might have been a confusingly brutal series of events. It provides the climax of a film marked by harrowing combat scenes throughout.