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25 July 1986 (USA) See more »
One man stands between unstoppable terrorist and unthinkable destruction.
Agent tries to track down terrorists who are intercepting government nuclear weapons. | Add synopsis »
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Gregg Henry ... Lieutenant Matt Ryder

Simone Griffeth ... Sean

Michael J. Pollard ... Howard

Jeff Conaway ... Mitchell
Stack Pierce ... Atkins

Leslie Nielsen ... Admiral Frazer

Glenn Withrow ... Pink
Larry Mintz ... Bite
Diane Stevenett ... Maggie

Anthony Caldarella ... Eight Ball

Mike Gomez ... Kenwood
Larry Moss ... Devon
Smith Osbourne ... Rosa
Sally Brown ... Girl in Bar

Mike Muscat ... Pool Room Bully
Lorin Jean Vail ... Howard's Girl (as Lorin Vail)
Gene Lehfeldt ... Shore Patrol
Gary Kalpakoff ... Rig Worker
B.L. Foley ... Crane Operator
Andy Lentz ... Party Guest

Rick McCallum ... Hairy Hand
Peter Griffin ... Kregg Guard
Ron Adams ... Radio Dispatcher
Ross Borden ... Navy Officer
Jacqueline Jacobs ... Bar Fly
King Williams ... Diver #1
Paul Nielsen ... Diver #2
Jack Spinney ... Diver #3
Terry Hite ... Diver #4
Bill Agin ... Agin Brothers Band
Dick Agin ... Agin Brothers Band
Denny Hale ... Agin Brothers Band
Dan Agin ... Agin Brothers Band
Jeff Agin ... Agin Brothers Band
Richard Diaz ... Agin Brothers Band

Directed by
Frank Harris 
Writing credits
Andy Ruben (written by) and
Katt Shea (written by) (as Katt Shea Ruben)

Produced by
Michael Bennett .... producer
Diane S. Harris .... associate producer
Original Music by
Jay Ferguson 
Cinematography by
Frank Harris 
Film Editing by
Richard E. Westover 
Casting by
Paul Bengston 
David Cohn 
Art Direction by
Brad Einhorn 
Set Decoration by
Tori Nourafchan 
Costume Design by
Robin Lewis West 
Makeup Department
Tena Austin .... makeup artist
Production Management
Scott Javine .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Scott Javine .... first assistant director
William Shea .... second assistant director
Art Department
Brent Scrivener .... property maker
Mick Strawn .... property maker
Peter A. Tullo .... set dresser
Sound Department
Glenn E. Berkovitz .... sound mixer
Gail Clark Burch .... adr editor
Jeffrey J. Haboush .... sound re-recording mixer
Randy Honaker .... sound re-recording mixer
Adam Johnston .... supervising sound editor
Debbie Pinthus .... boom operator
Greg P. Russell .... sound re-recording mixer
Steve Sollars .... boom operator
Special Effects by
Fred Cramer .... special effects
John Barrett .... stunt coordinator
John Barrett .... stunts
Darwin Benjamin .... stunts
Bud Davis .... stunts
Kane Hodder .... stunts
Steve Hulin .... stunts
Alan Marcus .... associate stunt coordinator
Alan Marcus .... stunts
Gary Pike .... stunts
Rick Prieto .... stunts
Víctor Quintero .... stunts
Cheyenne Rivera .... stunts
Charlie Skeen .... stunts
Lucy Wardle .... stunts
Bobby Burns .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Frank Harris .... grip
Loren Hillebrand .... best boy
Gary Kalpakoff .... camera operator
Gene Lehfeldt .... gaffer
Editorial Department
Sara Lineberger .... assistant film editor
Kathleen Minks .... telecine coordinator
Ray Morfino .... color timer
Jeff Taylor .... editorial consultant
Pamela Winn-Barnett .... assistant film editor (as Pamela Winn)
Music Department
Budd Carr .... music supervisor
Joanne Weiss .... music coordinator
Richard E. Westover .... music editor
Other crew
Randi Feldman .... script supervisor
Alan Z. McCurdy .... production coordinator
Curtis Paine .... production assistant
Evie Treen .... aerial coordinator
Woody Treen .... diving coordinator
Steven J. Wolfe .... production executive (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Pink:It sure doesn't look like much.
Atkins:One of these got fifteen times the punch as the one we dropped on Hiroshima.
Pink:What's a Hiroshima?
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4 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Is This For Real?, 2 July 2006
Author: Crap_Connoisseur from Australia

The Patriot is a truly awful 80s action movie. In fact, it is so terrible that I thought it might have been a spoof until the blood started to flow. This film is poorly made, badly directed and something of a grazing ground for incompetent actors. And yet, it is also funny and mindlessly entertaining in a way that only 80s action trash can be.

The plot, if you could call it that, revolves around an ex-Navy Seal called Ryder. Ryder would have to be one of the most personality free action heroes in the history of cinema. If he's not mumbling something to one of his badly permed lady friends in the local bar, he's visiting a demented couple on a houseboat who play Twister dressed as high school students. In addition to these activities, Ryder is also called on by the Navy to stop the detonation of a stolen nuclear weapon. This proves to be rather straightforward due to a friend of Ryder conveniently finding the label from a missing nuke at her workplace. The coincidences continue when Ryder runs into his ex-lover on a Navy ship and we are treated to an incredibly unpleasant lovemaking scene between this most unattractive of couples. The film reaches a new low when two of the thieves dance to 80s pop music while unloading the nuke and then debate going to Disneyland.

There really is no excuse for this smörgåsbord of incompetence. The film was written by Katt Shea of "Poison Ivy" and "Stripped To Kill" fame, the budget appears to have been substantial given the scope of the special effects and Gregg Henry, who plays Ryder, is usually a very good actor. I guess this is just one of those ill-fated projects that inexplicably ends up being terrible. However, the incredibly dull direction, multitude of goofs and appalling supporting cast would not have helped matters.

Despite all the film's flaws, I could not help but find "The Patriot" mildly amusing. For example, Ryder's reunion with Sean, complete with Vietnam war back story, is so contrived and ridiculous that I had to laugh. The same goes for Jeff Conaway's crazy-eyed performance and the bumbling villains ("What's a Hiroshima?"). The action itself, while poorly handled, is still moderately entertaining. Maggie's decompression chamber mishap was my personal highlight.

The Patriot is not a film I would want to watch again but it is probably worth watching on TV if you are heavily medicated and there is nothing else on but re-runs of "Designing Women". Fans of bad 80s action movies or Leslie Nielsen might find it more bearable.

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