Movies

The Last of the Mohicans Movie: The Last of the Mohicans (1992)

The British and Americans fight the French in 1757 – early American history.

Director: Michael Mann

Writers: James Fenimore Cooper (novel), John L. Balderston (adaptation)

Actor: Daniel Day-Lewis, Madeleine Stowe, Russell Means

Plot: British and French troops do battle in colonial America, with aid from various native American war parties. The British troops enlist the help of local colonial militia men, who are reluctant to leave their homes undefended. A budding romance between a British officer’s daughter and an independent man who was reared as a Mohican complicates things for the British officer, as the adopted Mohican pursues his own agenda despite the wrath of different people on both sides of the conflict.

 The Crossing Movie: The Crossing (2000)

The famous secret crossing of the Delaware River by George Washington and the American forces.
They attacked the German forces fighting for the British at Trenton, New Jersey-American Revolution. (true story)

Director: Robert Harmon

Writers: Howard Fast (novel), Howard Fast (teleplay)

Actor: Jeff Daniels, Roger Rees, Sebastian Roché

Plot: In 1776, less than six months after the Declaraton of Independence, the Continental Army, under the command of General George Washington, was on the brink of utter defeat. Low on men, cannons and supplies, Washington decides to risk everything on one last desperately daring attack on the town of Trenton where over 1000 of the feared Hessian mercenaries are garrisoned. However to do that, the army must cross the Delaware to a seemingly hopeless battle that would turn out to be more successful than Washington ever dreamed of.

 The Grapes of Wrath Movie: The Grapes of Wrath (1940)

A family loses its farm during the Depression and goes to California. (American history – the Depression)

Director: John Ford

Writers: Nunnally Johnson (screen play), John Steinbeck (based on the novel by)

Actor: Henry Fonda, Jane Darwell, John Carradine

Plot: Tom Joad returns to his home after a jail sentence to find his family kicked out of their farm due to foreclosure. He catches up with them on his Uncles farm, and joins them the next day as they head for California and a new life…

 Mississippi Burning Movie: Mississippi Burning (1988)

1960s – in the south – in theUnited States.  It includes white people, black people, the FBI, and the KKK (Ku Klux Klan).

Director: Alan Parker

Writers: Chris Gerolmo

Actor: Gene Hackman, Willem Dafoe, Frances McDormand

Plot: Two FBI agents investigating the murder of civil rights workers during the 60s seek to breach the conspiracy of silence in a small Southern town where segregation divides black and white. The younger agent trained in FBI school runs up against the small town ways of his former Sheriff partner.