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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
One of the "redcoats" (actually dummies) that is floating face down in the river after the "trap" is a dummy of John Travolta. See more »
At the end of the movie, as Benjamin and his family ride towards their homestead, Aunt Charlotte is holding a blanket on her lap. She holds the blanket as though it contains a baby as she descends from the wagon. She continues to hold the bundle as though it contains a baby while the family stands and listens to the speech about what Gabriel said about rebuilding and that the other militia men decided to begin with Benjamin's home. A moment later, the camera focuses on one of Benjamin's sons standing next to Aunt Charlotte and she has no bundle and her arms are by her sides. Next, we see the family from behind as they walk towards the house being erected and it looks like Aunt Charlotte is once again holding a bundle in her left arm. Finally, she picks up Susan with only her right arm. See more »
I have long feared that my sins would return to visit me, and the cost is more than I can bear.
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In 1776, South Carolina widower Mel Gibson (as Benjamin Martin) is reluctant to join in the War of Independence from England, preferring to settle differences through talks with King George. "I will not fight," Mr. Gibson declares. This disappoints several of Gibson's seven good-looking children, especially headstrong Heath Ledger (as Gabriel), who signs up to fight against his father's wishes. Next eldest Gregory Smith (as Thomas) must wait until he's seventeen. But, when the British attack Gibson's plantation, even youngsters Trevor Morgan (as Nathan) and Bryan Chafin (as Samuel) show how to "Aim small, miss small." Gibson organizes a Christian militia, and helps win the Revolution for the United States of America.
Let's accept the British are evil, and the French are tolerated. Gibson's "Negros" are freed slaves, but content to stay on with Gibson's nice family. The violence includes Gibson coating himself in the blood of a hacked-up victim. Fine. Realistic. Gibson's character realizes that pacifism is not a workable ideology, and wins the debate. Move along. The woman Mr. Ledger falls in love with, Lisa Brenner (as Anne Howard), gives a patriotic speech in church, and he is smitten. They "write" and exchange toothy smiles to suggest lovemaking. People observe the "no smoking" sign, wash their mouths out with soap, and blow someone's head off. "The Patriot" is a cardboard story, a cartoon-like tale... with beautiful cinematography.
***** The Patriot (6/27/00) Roland Emmerich ~ Mel Gibson, Heath Ledger, Jason Isaacs, Joely Richardson
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