Drums Along the Mohawk

Directed By: John Ford Starring: Henry Fonda

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Product Overview

Set during the revolutionary war, this film highlights fonda and colbert as newlyweds whose simple life in mohawk vally is savagely disrupted by indian raids.

Specifications

Studio Foxvideo
SKU 40709098
UPC 024543172833
UPC 14 00024543172833
Format DVD
Release Date 5/24/2005
Rating NR
Keywords
Adventure
Indians
War
Editors Note
Note DRUMS ALONG THE MOHAWK is John Ford's first film in Technicolor (which recently perfected far richer shadings of color than had previously been possible), and the director uses it to stunning effect. The film stars Henry Fonda as Revolutionary War-era farmer Gilbert Martin, who, in 1776, has returned with his well-born wife, Lana (Claudette Colbert), to his rustic cabin in the increasingly dangerous Mohawk River valley. At first unaccustomed to the harsh physical challenges of frontier life, Lana adjusts to the work at hand and is soon able to help her husband in the fields. Shortly after they learn that the colonies are at war with the British, their farmhouse is attacked and burned to the ground by a party of Tory-led Indians. The feisty Widow McKlennar (Edna May Oliver) provides temporary shelter for the couple, but it's only a matter of time before the Indians launch a more brutal assault. Save for THE QUIET MAN, DRUMS ALONG THE MOHAWK contains the richest passages of pastoral imagery in Ford's entire canon, the visual beauty nearly upstaging the spectacular and terrifying Indian battles. The performances, particularly Oliver (who garnered an Oscar nomination) as the vinegary widow and the superbly stoic Fonda, enable Ford to again demonstrate the heroism and limitations of rugged individualism. The scenes of an Indian prisoner spread-eagled on a wagon and Gilbert's escape are repeated almost exactly in the 1982 dystopian classic THE ROAD WARRIOR.
Plot Summary
Summary The simple life of two newlyweds in the Mohawk River Valley is savagely disrupted by Indian raids.
Directors
John Ford
Actors
Henry Fonda
Cast & Crew
Alfred Newman - Original Music By
Bert Glennon - Cinematographer
Claudette Colbert - Actor
Darryl F. Zanuck - Executive Producer
Eddie Collins - Actor
Edna May Oliver - Actor
Henry Fonda - Actor
John Ford - Director
Lamar Trotti - Screenplay
Ray Rennahan - Cinematographer
Robert L. Simpson - Editor
Sonya Levien - Screenplay
Walter D. Edmonds - Based On Novel By
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1939
Catalog ID 2227283
UPC 00024543172833
Number of Discs 1
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Audio Tracks English
Aspect Ratio
Standard  1.33:1 [4:3]
Awards
Oscar (1940) Edna May Oliver, Nominee, Best Supporting Actress,Ray Rennahan and Bert Glennon, Nominee, Best Cinematography
Reviews
ReviewSource At-A-Glance Film Reviews
Review John Ford's under-recognized drama about settlers Henry Fonda and Claudette Colbert coping with the
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ReviewRating 9
Features
DVD, Sensormatic
Product Attributes
Actor Fonda,Henry
Label Fox Home Entertainment
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
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