THE LAST OF THE MOHICANS
1992, 20th Century Fox, 114 min, USA, Dir: Michael Mann

James Fenimore Cooper's classic novel of the French & Indian War gets a kinetic modern upgrade courtesy of action specialist Michael Mann. Daniel Day-Lewis plays Hawkeye, a white orphan adopted by a Mohican tribe; Madeleine Stowe is the beautiful daughter of a British officer. Their love story set against the backdrop of massive historical changes makes this the rare epic that is as intimate as it is sweeping.


HEAT
1995, Warner Bros., 170 min, USA, Dir: Michael Mann

In Michael Mann’s searing L.A. crime epic, Lieutenant Vincent Hanna (Al Pacino) hunts Neil McCauley (Robert De Niro) and his professional crew of thieves as they prepare for one last big “retirement” bank holdup. The thin blue line between crime and law proves as ambiguous as ever in this brilliant work of parallel storylines and character doubling. With Val Kilmer, Jon Voight, Ashley Judd, Natalie Portman and a host of other ace supporting players.


THIEF
1981, Park Circus/MGM, 122 min, USA, Dir: Michael Mann

Director Michael Mann's stunning debut feature stars James Caan as the professional thief of the title, a man whose desire for domestic tranquility clashes with his obligations in the underworld. Featuring a cast of standout supporting performances, with Jim Belushi as Caan's partner, Willie Nelson as his mentor and Robert Prosky as the deadly boss he has to please. Actual thieves served as technical consultants on the film, supplying an array of tools used in real heists.


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