The story of the first major battle of the American phase of the Vietnam War and the soldiers on both sides that fought it, while their wives wait nervously and anxiously at home for the good news or the bad news.
A veteran policeman, Murtaugh, is partnered with a younger, suicidal officer, Riggs. They both have one thing in common: hating working in pairs. Now they must learn to work with one another to stop a gang of drug smugglers.
It is 1776 in colonial South Carolina. Benjamin Martin, a French-Indian war hero who is haunted by his past, now wants nothing more than to live peacefully on his small plantation, and wants no part of a war with the most powerful nation in the world, Great Britain. Meanwhile, his two eldest sons, Gabriel and Thomas, can't wait to enlist in the newly formed "Continental Army." When South Carolina decides to join the rebellion against England, Gabriel immediately signs up to fight...without his father's permission. But when Colonel William Tavington, British dragoon, infamous for his brutal tactics, comes and burns the Martin Plantation to the ground, tragedy strikes. Benjamin quickly finds himself torn between protecting his family, and seeking revenge along with being a part of the birth of a new, young, and ambitious nation. Written by
As an American, I felt ashamed when I watched this movie. How must our
British friends over the Atlantic feel when our movie industry produces a
piece of historically inaccurate trash such as this? For any Brits reading
this I can assure you that the assumptions made by this film are not the
general opinion in our country (though this movie's performance at the
box-office might suggest otherwise). Some of us have actually studied the
events surrounding the war of independence and might feel that the British
should NOT have been portrayed as Nazis. Unfortunately they are - despite
the fact that they abolished slavery before us, a fact which proves they
were more humane than we were at the time but which is lamely demonstrated
in this movie. I've been to London recently and the Brits are amazingly
tolerant about propaganda like this (not to mention Austin Powers).
their famous sense of humor is alive and well. The whole film is an insult
to the collective intelligence of the American people and that is enough
overshadow any positives aspects the movie might possess.
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