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The Patriot (1998)

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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Frank
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Pogue
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Holly McClaren
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Richard Bach
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Lt. Johnson
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Dr. Ann White Cloud
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Big Bob
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Clem
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Dr. Tom Hergot
Leonard Mountain Chief ...
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Doctor Wesley McClaren is an immunologist in Ennis, Montana, and he has turned down an offer to join his friend Richard Bach, who lives in Atlanta, Georgia, and is the head of a unit called the Biological Response Team (BRT). Wesley and his daughter Holly live on a farm in Ennis, and a farmhand named Frank lives with them. Just over the hill from the farm, a 52 day standoff against militia leader Floyd Chisolm has ended. Floyd has decided to be his own attorney in court. Everyone is shocked when Floyd spits on Judge Tomkins. After the hearing, Tomkins starts feeling sick. Holly, like she always does, stops at Wesley's office after school so she can go home with Wesley. On their way home, Wesley gets a call on his mobile phone. Wesley rushes to the hospital with Holly and tells her to wait in the doctors' lounge, then Wesley is taken to see Tomkins, who looks awful. Wesley is told that Tomkins collapsed in his chambers at the court building. Wesley sees a cop collapse, while Tomkins ... Written by Todd Baldridge

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

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10 July 1998 (Spain)  »

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$25,000,000 (estimated)
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This was the first film that the financing had been solely raised by Seagal/Nasso Productions after they split from Seagal's regular studio Warner Bros. Seagal/Nasso had gained funding for a handful of pics, most of which were to star Seagal, but the deal fell through when the relationship between Seagal and producing partner Julius Nasso collapsed. Other projects that were lined up for Seagal included 'Blood on the Moon" , where he was to play a man hunting the modern-day pirates who murdered his family, and "Black Top" where he was to play a high-end car thief. See more »

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When the judge asks Floyd Chisolm if he has anything to say, Chisolm looks at his watch. As soon as a suspect is taken in to custody all of his/her personal possessions are removed from their person either at the time of arrest or after arriving at the police station. Chisolm should not have been wearing a watch in the court room. See more »

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Dr. Wesley McClaren: [to Holly while entering the reception room at the hospital] Get your homework done and if there are any guys in here no flirting. No dating until you are 40.
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Composed and Produced by Stephen Edwards (as Steve Edwards)
Courtesy of SixFeetFive Music
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Think drama, not action, and you won't be disappointed.
10 March 1999 | by See all my reviews

Basically, this is a very good film. It is very different from Seagal's other films though, which unfortunately may turn off some of his fans. Unlike some of the other films, this does not feel like a 'Seagal vehicle'. You get to see plenty of the other characters as well and all of Mr. Seagal's actions are not the same as we've seen before. The concept of him being an 'intellectual' in something other than bombs and other weaponry is a nice change. Although there are some unrealistic parts to the film (some more obvious than others), in general you can let them slide since the film is fun to watch.

It boils down to this: If you are looking for a classic Seagal action film, sorry, but you're going to be disappointed. Watch it anyway for the fun of it. If you're open to seeing Seagal without the action, it's well worth a look. I personally believe it is some of the best work he's done in quite a while.


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