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The Patriot (1998)

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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 ...
Young Miltiaman
Judge Tomkins
Ross Loney ...
Bernard O'Connor ...
Dr. Tom Hergot
Leonard Mountain Chief ...


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Every second counts.


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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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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2.35 : 1
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Brain Must be Engaged....
20 September 1999 | by (San Ramon, CA) – See all my reviews

OK...ths film (like Segal's last few films) once again goes beyond the "knock 'em down, kick 'em in the groin, shoot 'em in the face, get revenge against the bad guys for hurting my sister's niece's cousin" stuff Seagal was into for a while. Geepers, Steven started thinking, and using his bucks to make movies with actual ideas in them. SURE....there is plenty of action in this flick, but also some thought and heart. It's not an Oscar flick, but well worth the effort, unless the viewer is so into brain dead violence that it hurts to have to think for longer than a second. It's worth a rental..or two!!

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