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The Patriot (1998)

R  |   |  Action, Thriller  |  10 July 1998 (Spain)
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A respected doctor must race against time to find a cure for a lethal virus, unleashed by a paramilitary militia leader.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Floyd Chisolm
Holly McClaren
Dan Beene ...
Richard Bach
Damon Collazo ...
Lt. Johnson
Whitney Yellow Robe ...
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Big Bob
Molly McClure ...
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Judge Tomkins
Ross Loney ...
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Leonard Mountain Chief ...


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Every second counts.


Action | Thriller

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Rated R for strong violence and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

10 July 1998 (Spain)  »

Also Known As:

Patriota  »

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$25,000,000 (estimated)

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Steven Seagal has proven he can act
19 March 2000 | by See all my reviews

There are only three movies that have shown Steven Seagal can act and this is one of them. Along with "Fire Down Below," and "The Glimmer Man" Seagal has shown he has talent.

Though there is not that much action, "The Patriot" is the best film because it means that the supporting cast along with Seagal must come together to pull off a winner.

I enjoyed everything about this film from the plot, casting and pace of the movie.

I was completely impressed by the performance of Camilia Belle who portrayed the daughter because she was a breath of fresh air to Hollywood even though she was in other films.

This is worth everyone's attention because Steven Seagal has finally made a movie that is tolerable and can be watched in comfort with the knowledge that it will not be boring.

I give "The Patriot" an 8 out of 10.

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