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(Sort of) Thanksgiving Movies That Rock: The Last of the Mohicans

There aren’t a ton of Thanksgiving movies. Movies about turkeys and dinners aren’t particularly interesting. The lack of fun characters like Santa and Frosty make the situation more complicated as well.

It’s easy to forget that Thanksgiving wasn’t really about having dinner with family at first. The Pilgrims and the American Indians gathered to celebrate their friendship. This friendship was soured a couple hundred years later when Andrew Jackson rounded up the Indians and banished them from their homelands. Though we did not return the favor, the American Indians played a crucial role in the early survival and prosperity of the American people.

I like to watch Last of the Mohicans every year around Thanksgiving. It doesn’t have anything to do with the holiday, but I enjoy watching Daniel Day-Lewis and Russell Means run through the woods to the beautiful score provided by Trevor Jones and Randy Edelman. I’m sure they sat down at some point and ate dinner with the early settlers.

Last of the Mohicans is particularly relevant right now. Aside from Thanksgiving, star and American Indian activist Russell Means died a few weeks ago. Daniel Day-Lewis’ Lincoln just came out. Given the fact that Day-Lewis makes a film only once every few years, Last of the Mohicans is a must see for fans of Day-Lewis.

If you have some down time this week and are looking to get into the Thanksgiving spirit, pour yourself some pumpkin juice (preferably served by a House elf) and watch Last of the Mohicans. While you’re watching, raise your glass to Uncas, who gave his life to a fight he had little stake in. Maybe afterwards, you’ll be thankful for Daniel Day-Lewis’ existence. I know I am.

One Comment

  1. Other suggestion for a Thanksgiving movie:
    1. Select any well-made flick on Sub-Saharan Africa, most of the Middle East, Cambodia, etc.
    2. Watch attentively.
    3. Think about what it would be like actually to live in such a place.
    4. Then kneel down and thank God for making you [a] American, Canadian, French, Scottish, etc, and [b] fortunate enough to be educated at a school like BC.

    If that doesn’t make you grateful, you are either immune to a sense of your blessings or so narcissistic that you thought you were somehow entitled to these blessings rather than simply fortunate beyond the dreams of most people on earth. And I can’t imagine any intelligent reader of The Rock being so deluded.

    PS: Speaking of thankful, last Sunday was both Veteran’s Day and Remembrance Sunday – – a day to remember that our freedom and prosperity was bought by others over the years, many at the greatest price of all.

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